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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2205 • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 11 June 1757 n.s.
Dated 11 junij 1757. Sent from () to (). Written in Latin.

Nobiliss[imo] & Doctiss[imo] Viro,
Carolo Linnaeo, Equiti
& Profess[ori] Celeberrimo,
S[alutem] D[icit]
Joannes Burmannus.

En iterum quatuor, mi Linnaee, Tabulas Plumierii, quas tuae epicrisi committo; ad priores speraveram ante aliquot septimanas jam responsum me habuisse, quas ante binos menses tibi miseram; quae vero sit caussa tam diuturni tui silentii, me latet, quum post 11 Aprilis nullas a te acceperim, qui tam prompte olim solebas me tuo dignari commercio litterario, atque ego praeterea prae Litteris Cistam tibi miserim tantis deliciis tuis repletam, quam ante mensem a D[omino] Balguerio audivi tibi debuisse traditam, quum navis, quae istam vehebat, jam dudum ad tuas appulerit terras. Scribas itaque, quaeso, quantocius poteris, quum Fasciculi sexti inpressio tam diu hanc ob caussam fuerit retardata, quem tamen intra paucos dies coactus ero praelo committere, quum tempus, quo inprimi oportuerat, jam diu fuerit prolapsum.

Caput tibi missum animalis istius, Babu Roussa, in Sebae Thesauro delineatum est; & cum ipso animali totum descriptum, qui liber tum temporis ad manus non erat, sed memineram in quodam thesauro me olim vidisse. Quid tibi videtur de reliquis tibi missis? & tandem scribas, quid fiat de Horto Cliffort[iano]. Ego sane de omnibus dubius adhuc haereo, quum nil certe mihi declares, vel in tuis ad meas periodos rescribas.

Nuper ingens damnum & jacturam passus fui, quum navis Surinamensis pelago submersa sit, quae pretiosissimas vehebat gazas, & prae reliquis collectionem cunctorum insectorum Surinamens[ium] in mei gratiam undique conquisitam, quae ibi constitit sexcentis florenis, quibus omnibus jam destituor nec unquam recuperabo.

Nil porro novi tecum communicandum scio; plurimi bulbi Capenses & inprimis Ixiae in praedio floruerunt; harum unum tibi florem mitto prae reliquis elegantissimum, cujus planta plures in thyrso profert flores croceas, & quarum una est, quae maculis nigris ad ungues notata est. Antholyzae quoque nova & superba species floruit; ab illa Commelina penitus diversa, quae ab amico Cunone eleganter depicta est. Nunc brevi florebit speciosissima planta [a dried plant glued onto the letter], cujus radix penitus crocea est & tuberosa instar Curumae, folia maxima lanceolata & nervosissima instar Veratri; cujus scapum etiam perfecte refert, quique jam quatuor pedes altus est, florum corymbum superne gerens, instar Hyacinthi Indici tuberosi, qui Polyanthes tibi dicitur, ita ut penitus diversam putem plantam a Sisyrinchio Ethiop[ico] Breynii in Centuria, cui tamen proxime accedit, sique floreat, melius sese distinguet. Plures quoque emisit haec planta stolones, ita ut aliquo tempore tibi juniorem mittere possem, uti & Senecionis Asiatici, cujus radix China</u putata fuit a Commelino. Aletris etiam binas novi observavi species, una quae floruit & modo depicta jam est; altera inter Capenses depictas plantas occurrit, ita ut tres jam habeo istius generis diversas omnes Capenses.

Quaeso ad priores quantocius rescribas, & promissa mittas, meque uti solitus fuisti ames & valeas. Raptim!

Dabam 11 Junii 1757.

upSUMMARY

Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends four more Charles PlumierPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
works.
plates, which he wants Linnaeus to examine. He had hoped to have an answer from Linnaeus to the ones he sent two months ago. He has not received a letter from Linnaeus since 11 April [this letter has not come down to us] and he is wondering what can be the reason. He also sent a box full of delightful objects [15 March 1757Letter L2162], and he has heard from Pierre BalguerieBalguerie, Pierre (1679-1759).
French. Swedish agent in Amsterdam.
Father of Daniel Balguerie.
that the ship has arrived long ago. The printing of the sixth fascicle will be delayed because of this [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).
].

There is a picture and a description in Albert Seba’sSeba, Albert (1665-1736).
Dutch. Pharmacist and collector of
natural history specimens, Amsterdam.
Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptioSeba, Albert Locupletissimi
rerum naturalium thesauri accurata
descriptio, et iconibus
artificiosissimis expressio, per
universam physices historiam. Opus, cui,
in hoc rerum genere, nullum par
exstitit. Ex toto terrarum orbe
collegit, digessit, descripsit, et
depingendum curavit Albertus Seba
,
I-IV (Amsterdam 1734-1765).
of the cranium Burman sent. Burman asks what is going to happen to the Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
Clifford
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
.

Burman has sustained a heavy loss when a ship from Surinam was wrecked. Among the things of great value was a collection of all Surinamese insects in particular. Burman had paid 600 florins for it.

Several bulbs from the Cape flower at his estate, in particular Ixia, and he sends an especially beautiful flower. Also Antholyza flowers. This is quite different from Commelina, that his friend Johann Christian CunoCuno, Johann Christian
(1708-1790). German. Poet, botanist and
merchant. He made a fortune in the West
Indies and settled in Holland where he
kept a botanical garden. The later years
of his life were spent in Weingarten,
near Durlach in Germany. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
elegantly depicted. Another magnificent unknown plant is going to flower. Burman describes it and as it has several shoots he can send one later. It is different from Johann Philip Breyne’sBreyne, Johann Philip
(1680-1764). German/Polish. Zoologist
and physician in Danzig. Son of Jacob
Breyne. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Sisyrinchium aethiopicum but still very similar. He will also send a Senecio asiaticus. He has observed two new species of Aletris and now he has three different ones of that genus.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, II, 407-408). [1] [2] [3] [4]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 98-99   p.98  p.99.