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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 6 August 1756 n.s.
Dated 6 Augusti MDCCLVI. Sent from () 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 received another cactus, which he sends together with the first one. He also adds to 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
illustrations [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).
] some pictures that were made for another work. If they please Linnaeus he will send the rest, and they could be inserted into the Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
if it will be printed again.

Burman has not yet received the dried plants, and asks Linnaeus to send more if he has any in duplicate.

Burman has asked Grill [presumably Anthoni GrillGrill, Anthoni (1705-1783).
Swedish. Merchant in Amsterdam. Brother
of Claes Grill and Johan Abraham Grill.
] and Pierre BalguerieBalguerie, Pierre (1679-1759).
French. Swedish agent in Amsterdam.
Father of Daniel Balguerie.
about the Swedish student Daniel RolanderRolander, Daniel (1725-1793).
Swedish. Naturalist and explorer.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Went to Surinam in 1755-1756.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, but he has left Holland, going to Hamburg, and Balguerie has sent the letter to the Swedish consul there asking him to return it to Linnaeus if the student has left. Burman, however, is surprised that the student has not visited him as he must have been aware of the friendship between Burman and Linnaeus, and that Burman, as much as he can, favours all foreigners who visit him every year in great numbers.

A few days ago Burman received a letter from the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope and a catalogue of bulbs and seeds. It contains 150 species, and if he will have some in duplicate he will send them to Linnaeus, in fact he is sending some now together with the cactus.

Burman is expecting a chest full of dried plants, seeds, insects, shells, etc. from Jakarta.


a. (LS, II, 391-392). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 84-85   p.84  p.85.