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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 20 July 1756 n.s.
Dated 20 Iulii Anni MDCCLVI. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has not heard from Linnaeus for three months. He cannot understand why, but he knows that Linnaeus has not been ill, since Burman heard from his son [Nikolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] that Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeusís benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
recently received a letter from Linnaeus.

In the meantime, Burman has had the opportunity to send through Pierre BalguerieBalguerie, Pierre (1679-1759).
French. Swedish agent in Amsterdam.
Father of Daniel Balguerie.
a very elegant cactus from Curacao. He also sends as usual some illustrations of Charles PlumierísPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
work belonging to the fourth and fifth fascicles [Burman refers to his editing of the Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]Plumier, Charles Plantarum
Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]
continens plantas, quas olim C.
Plumierius [...] detexit, eruitque,
atque in insulis Antillis ipse depinxit.
Has primum in lucem edidit, concinnis
descriptionibus & observationibus,
aeneisque tabulis illustravit J.
(Amsterdam 1755-1760).
]. The bulbs from the Cape of Good Hope that Burman sent look drooping, as if they were sleeping, at this time of the year, but at the end of autumn they will flower corresponding to the climate where they come from.

Burman describes his observations on a plant from the Cape of Good Hope. He sends some bulbs of it as well as some from Surinam.


a. (LS, II, 385-386). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 81-82   p.81  p.82.