Patrick BrowneBrowne, Patrick (1720-1790).
Irish. Botanist who made six voyages to
the West Indies. In 1756 he published
The Civil and natural history of
Jamaica (1756). Correspondent of
Linnaeus. has returned to the West Indies. After a few days in Antigua, he reached the island of Saint Croix where he has seen many rare plants and some quite new ones, although he has not yet been able to see more than a small part of the island.
Browne mentions some of the species he has observed and gives the characteristics of one of them, called Prockia after the governor of the island [von Prock ].
Browne has only his copy of Systema naturae, 9th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, 9th edition, ed. J. F.
Gronovius (Leiden 1756). Soulsby no. 57. available, since the rest of his books are still under way. They were left behind in Antigua.
Browne wants to know from Linnaeus to whom his contact in Copenhagen, René & JoselinRené & Joselin,
Danish. Merchants, Copenhagen. , should send the specimens he will be preparing and sending to Linnaeus. The same route can also be used by Linnaeus, and Browne is very eager to receive a copy of the catalogue of the Swedish King’s [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] collection Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis SuecorumLinnaeus, Carl Museum S:ae
R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis
Suecorum [...] in quo animalia rariora
imprimis et exotica: quadrupedia, aves,
amphibia, pisces, insecta, vermes
describuntur et determinantur, Latine et
Suetice cum iconibus (Stockholm
Browne gives brief characteristics of two more species and writes that he may consider publishing the flora of the island, a project that will take him some years.
P.S. Browne asks Linnaeus to forgive the rather unstructured and raw style of the letter.