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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2151 • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 8 February 1757 n.s.
Dated 8 Febr. 1757. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Nobilissimo & Doctissimo Viro,
Carolo Linnaeo, Equiti
& Professori Clarissimo,
S[alutem] D[icit]
Joannes Burmannus.

En iterum, mi Linnaee, sex Operis Plumier[ii] icones, quas tibi haud displicituras confido, quum exactissime sint incisae. Ad reliquas, praeterito jam anno missas, responsum tuum atque illustrationes summo exspecto desiderio, uti & ad plantas Javanicas eidem fasciculo inclusas.

Ex ultimis tuis Mense Decembri mihi raptim datis intellexi, iter jam jam te suscepturum 30 milliarum, faustum tibi fuisse reditum, incolumemque cum familia tua valetudinis prosperumque statum ex toto voveo animo. Plurimi autem homines per saevissimam, quam perpessi fuimus, hyemem, Pleuritrici, Peripneumonici & Apoplectici inprimis senes & vetulae fuere, uti & Cliffortius peripneumonia diu laboravit, quem intra aliquot menses non locutus fui, quum plerumque in praedio suo degat, & jam aegrotus nullum admittit hominem.

Fasciculus meus quintus jam inpressus & absolutus est. Speraveram vero ante aliquod tempus jam responsum tuum me accepisse, sed iter susceptum hoc procul dubio inpedivit. Utinam modo antequam sextum elaboraverim, tuas habuerim animadversiones. Sed in hoc Opere jam perveni ad Helleborines species, quarum forte viginti quinque & plures sunt a Plumierio depictae, quae ad diversa penitus pertinent genera, ac de quibus nil notatum inveni. Si itaque, antequam hasce insculpendas traderem, juxta tuam methodum in ordinem redigere eas velles, certisque suis assignare generibus, tum prototypa prius tibi cum prima navi mitterem, cum reliquis tibi mittendis exemplaribus Fasciculorum priorum, ut ita melius in Tabulis species, quae sibi sunt congeneres & adfines, combinari possent, atque hac ratione in meliorem ordinem redigi.

Miratus sum, quod in speciebus tuis haud notatum inveniam genus Genipae, cujus iconem jam mitto; an hoc nomen cum Tournefortio retinen¬dum est, an juxta tuam methodum ad aliud pertinet genus? Sic neque invenire potui in tuis Operibus genus Guajenabari Plumierio dictum, cujus binae in ejus Opere prostant icones, quas insculpendas jam tradidi, & absolutas tibi mittam, ut examinare posses, ad quodnam proprie pertineant genus, una ad Uviferas spectare videtur, altera forte ad Phytolaccas, quantum recordor, sed ex iconibus melius id distinguere & declarare poteris in posterum.

Nuper a Cl[arissimo] Hallero accepi fasciculum Centenis aliquot plantis Helveticis elegantissime siccatis refertum. Spero etiam verno tempore quasdam rariores a te, Vir Generosiss[ime], me accepturum esse desideratas siccas plantas cum seminibus Sibericis, aliisque rarioribus. Nil porro novi tecum communicandum scio, ita ut hasce finiam, quaevis prospera tibi cum carissima tua familia adprecans. Valeas, mihique faveas & rescribas!

Dabam Amst[elodami] 8 Febr[uarii] 1757.

upSUMMARY

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
works.
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.
Burmannus
(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
Linnaeus.
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
plantarum
(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.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

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