-Search for letters
-Search in texts






Link: • Johann Gottfried Zinn to Carl Linnaeus, 1 June 1756 n.s.
Dated d.1. Jun. 1750.. Sent from Göttingen (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Johann Gottfried ZinnZinn, Johann Gottfried
(1727-1759). German. Physician and
botanist, director of the botanical
garden of Göttingen (1753).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
was pleased to see from Linnaeus’s letter [this letter has not come down to us] that he liked what Zinn had written.

Zinn collects seeds of Salvia from all places. However, he still lacks many species; he lists the ones he possesses and can define. He has sown seeds of many species that have not yet come up. He describes a plant which in habitus and calyx seems to be a Salvia, but in other things is close to a verbenaceous plant. He asks Linnaeus to send him some species, for example, Salvia syriaca and Salvia hispanica lavendulae foliis T.

Zinn is grateful for the dissertations that Linnaeus has promised him. Linnaeus can send these and dry plants through Pehr WilhelmWargentinWargentin, Pehr Wilhelm
(1717-1783). Swedish. Astronomer and
statistician. Secretary of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1749.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who sends packages with books to Albrecht von HallerHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
intended for the Royal Society of Sciences and Humanities in Göttingen [Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu GöttingenKönigliche Gesellschaft der
Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Royal
Society of Sciences and Humanities in
German. Founded
in 1751 as Societas Regia Scientiarum
Gottingensis, and as Königliche
Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu
Göttingen from 1753. Its
publications were Commentarii
Societas Regiae Scientiarum
(1752-1754), continued
by Commentationes Societati Regiae
Scientiarum Goettingensi

(1763-1769), continued by Novi
Commentarii Societatis Regiae
Scientiarum Gottingensis

]. Zinn will send dry plants and other things via Lübeck or through Swedes living at Göttingen.

Abraham Gotthelf Kaestner [Abraham Gotthelf KästnerKästner, Abraham Gotthelf
(1719-1800). German. Mathematician and
] has told Zinn that boxes and letters can be sent from Stockholm to Hamburg without any expense to Linnaeus. Zinn suggests that Linnaeus send things to Georg Christian GrundGrund , Georg Christian
German. Book-printer, publisher.
, the publisher of the transactions of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
, i.e., Kungliga Vetenskapsakademiens handlingar Kungliga
Vetenskapsakademiens handlingar

(1739-) (Transactions of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences).
] in German. Zinn is especially interested in Calendarium floraeLinnaeus, Carl Calendarium
, diss., resp. A. M. Berger
(Uppsala 1756). Soulsby no. 1897.
, Flora PalaestinaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
, diss., resp. J. Strand
(Uppsala, 1756). Soulsby no. 1886.
, Somnus plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Somnus
, diss., resp. P. Bremer
(Uppsala [1755]).
, Euphorbia [Specimen academicum, quo Euphorbia ejusque historia naturalis et medica exhibeturLinnaeus, Carl Specimen
academicum, quo Euphorbia ejusque
historia naturalis et medica
, diss., resp. J. Wiman
(Uppsala [1752]). Soulsby no. 1658.
] and Centuria I plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Centuria I.
, diss., resp. A. Juslenius
(Uppsala 1756). Soulsby no. 1848.
. Botanical works are rather rare in Germany. But Zinn will see what he can find for Linnaeus.

Zinn enumerates the following species that are not stated in Linnaeus’s Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
, but flower in the Göttingen University Botanical Garden: 1). Onopordon acaule, 2). Reseda aegyptiaca odoratissima, which is different from all others, 3). Scrophularia cretica, 4). Dracocephalon foliis ex lanceolato- linearibus rarius dentatis spinulosis floribus gemellis, 5). Jalappa foliis villosis tubo floris longissimo and 6). Paeonia fructibus hirsutis laciniis foliorum linearibus.


a. original holograph (LS, XVI, 308-309). [1] [2] [3]