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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 8 February 1757 n.s.
Dated 8 Febr. 1757. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.


Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends six more 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 [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).
], and is waiting for an answer to those he sent last year, as well as to the plants from Java.

Burman has received a letter from Linnaeus [this letter has not come down to us] where he is told that Linnaeus is going to make a journey of 30 Swedish miles. Burman wishes that Linnaeus will return safely and that he and his family will be in good health during the horrible winter when so many people fall ill. George CliffordClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeusís benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
suffers from inflammation of the lungs and does not receive anyone at his estate. Burman has not been talking to him for months.

Burmanís fifth fascicle is now finished and printed. He had hoped to have Linnaeusís answer to it. In the sixth he has reached the species of the Helleborine. About 25 of them and many others belonging to different genera are depicted by Plumier. Burman has found nothing noted down and he asks Linnaeus to arrange them according to his method.

Burman is surprised at not having found anything about the genus Genipa in Linnaeusís Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
. Burman now sends an illustration of it. Should this name be kept with Joseph Pitton de TournefortTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris.
, or does it belong to another genus according to method. Nor has Burman been able to find Plumierís genus Guajenabara, of which he has two pictures. When they are engraved Burman will send them to Linnaeus so that he can examine them and see to which genus they belong.

Burman has recently received a box with hundreds of dried Swiss plants from 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.
, and he hopes to get some also from Linnaeus, together with Siberian and other rare seeds this spring.


a. (LS, II, 400). [1] [2]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 93-94   p.93  p.94.