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Link: • Johann Gottfried Zinn to Carl Linnaeus, 15 November 1756 n.s.
Dated d.d. 15. Nov. 1756.. 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.
apologises for not having answered Linnaeus’s letter dated 3 August 1756 [this letter has not come down to us] until now, but he has been sick for two months.

Zinn thanks Linnaeus for his observations. Salvia without corollae is discussed; it seems totally different from a verbenaceous plant. Salvia mexicana is mentioned.

Zinn has not yet paid attention to Horminum pratense niveum.

The difference between Horminum sylvestre salvifolium maius and Horminum sylvestre salvifolium minus is discussed.

Zinn wants to know the character of Camphorata hirsuta. He plans to publish the generic characters of various plants, especially the smallish ones.

Zinn spends all his time on the publishing of Catalogus Plantarum Horti Academici et agri GottingensisZinn, Johann Gottfried
Catalogus Plantarum Horti Academici
et agri Gottingensis. Conscriptus a
Johann Gottfried Zinn

(Göttingen 1757). Soulsby no.
. Paeonia foliis linearibus, etc., is flourishing; he hopes that it will flower next summer.

Zinn will send various seeds.

A few days ago the dissertations that Zinn requested from Linnaeus arrived through a student of medicine. Zinn asks for all the other botanical dissertations that Linnaeus intends to publish in the future. He eagerly awaits Linnaeus’s ”Centuria III plantarum” [there was no no. III; the Centuria II. PlantarumLinnaeus, Carl Centuria II.
, diss., resp. E.
Törner (Uppsala 1756). Soulsby no.
was, however, published in two more editions in Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
, 1759 and 1760].

The study of botany is despised and neglected at most of the other academies except at Leipzig.

Next year the Musa will hopefully flower in the garden of a neighbour called NanneNanne, German. Neighbour to
Johann Gottfried Zinn.
; Zinn will examine its flower.

The King of Denmark [Fredrik VFrederik V, (1723-1766).
Danish. King of Denmark. Reigned
] will send two young men, who now learn Arabic at Göttingen, to Palestine to search out the treasures of natural history.


a. original holograph (LS, XVI, 310-311). [1] [2] [3]