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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 15 April 1757 n.s.
Dated 15 Aprilis MDCCLVII. 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.
has just received a letter [this letter has not come down to us] from Linnaeus. He is delighted to see Linnaeusís elegant interpretations, but he is still doubtful about Euonymus latifolius and he wants to have further views on the matter from Linnaeus.

Burman will be very glad when he learns that the box with his treasures has arrived. There have been violent storms for several days, and he is often worried about it.

Burman did not have time in his last letter [15 March 1757Letter L2162] to write down everything that he had included in the box. There was also a cranium of a unique beast that is found in Ternate, called by the people ďCapella Babu RoussaĒ, an animal with the body of a deer and the head of a wild boar. Burman cannot find a description of it anywhere. He also added two heads of cactus, fruits from the West and various seeds, which will give Linnaeus pleasure this autumn.

Burman sends six more plates 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 last ones of the sixth fascicle, and when he gets them back with Linnaeusís interpretations they will soon be printed.

Burmanís bulbs from the Cape of Good Hope begin to flower. The most beautiful is a new species of Aletris, he makes a description of it and inserts two small flowers in the letter. He has several species of Ixia and other still unknown ones. He wishes that they together could inspect and examine them.

Burmanís son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] will next year obtain his doctorís degree. Burman has quite often been thinking about a subject for the thesis. He wishes that it would be a botanical one, and he has been looking through Henric Bernhard OldenlandísOldenland, Henric Bernhard
(1663-1697). German. Botanist.
Travelled to South Africa with the Dutch
Cape Colony, where he participated in an
exploratory expedition and became land
surveyor and curator of the
Company´s Garden in Cape Town. His
uncompleted herbarium and catalogue of
the local flora was later used by, among
others, Johannes Burman.
herbarium and examining the very elegant plant genus Geranium. This could be something new and of great value to botanists. The only problem would be malignant people saying that his father has composed the thesis [Nicolaas Laurens Burmanís work was published in 1759, Specimen botanicum de geraniisBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Specimen botanicum de geraniis
(Leiden 1759).
]. Burman wants to know Linnaeusís opinion of the matter. Burman is saying this in strict confidence to an intimate friend.

Burman is grateful for the seeds, which Linnaeus has sent as well as his advice concerning Burmanís dear wife [Adriana BurmanBurman, Adriana (-1759).
Dutch. Wife of Johannes Burman, mother
of Nicolaas Laurens Burman and Johanna
Elizabeth Burman.
]. She is now beginning to recover a little, drinking warm milk from goat.

If Linnaeus is going to send something, Burman wants him to add Linnaeusís Centuria I plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Centuria I.
, diss., resp. A. Juslenius
(Uppsala 1756). Soulsby no. 1848.
and Centuria II plantarum Linnaeus, Carl Centuria II.
, diss., resp. E.
Törner (Uppsala 1756). Soulsby no.
for the garden library. Burman has not been able to find his copies.


a. (LS, II, 405-406). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 96-98   p.96  p.97  p.98.