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Link: • Johann Gottfried Zinn to Carl Linnaeus, 8 June 1757 n.s.
Dated d. 8. Jun. 1757.. Sent from Göttingen (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Johann Gottfried ZinnZinn, Johann Gottfried
(1727-1759). German. Physician and
botanist, director of the botanical
garden of Göttingen (1753).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends Linnaeus his Catalogus Plantarum Horti Academici et agri GottingensisZinn, Johann Gottfried
Catalogus Plantarum Horti Academici
et agri Gottingensis. Conscriptus a
Johann Gottfried Zinn

(Göttingen 1757). Soulsby no.
. He discusses his work; he has created no new genera. He mentions a plant that might be the same as that found in Johan Frederik Gronovius’sGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Flora VirginicaGronovius, Johan Frederik
Flora Virginica, exhibens plantas
quas v.c. Johannes Clayton in Virginia
observavit atque collegit. Easdem
methodo sexuali disposuit, ad genera
propria retulit, nominibus specificis
insignavit, & minus cognitas
descripsit J. F. Gronovius
, I-II
(Leiden 1739-1743).
. He compares it with Rudbeckia.

Zinn has no dried specimen of Aloides to send Linnaeus. In Commercium litterarium ad rei medicae et scientiae naturalis incrementum institutumTrew, Christopher Jacob
Commercium litterarium ad rei medicae
et scientiae naturalis incrementum
, ed. C. J. Trew
(Nürnberg 1731-1736).
of Nuremberg, Christopher Jacob TrewTrew, Christopher Jacob
(1695-1769). German. Botanist,
physician and counsellor of the margrave
of Ansbach.
states that the flowers of Aloides are either staminal and sterile or situated upon the ovary. In his dissertation Dissertatio botanica de aloideBergen, Carl August von
Dissertatio botanica de aloide
(Frankfurt an der Oder 1753).
Carl August von BergenBergen, Carl August von
(1704-1759). German. Doctor of
medicine. Professor of botany and
anatomy, later of pathology and therapy,
Frankfurt/Oder. Correspondent of
is the only one who derives the generical character from the male flower. Zinn also disagrees with Bergen when the latter considers the stamens to be a pistil and the filaments constituting the corona to be the stamens.

Zinn wants Linnaeus to send him a description of Horminum syriacum and Salvia lavandulae folio. There is a much greater number of species of Salvia than Zinn had imagined.

Zinn eagerly awaits Fredrik Hasselquist’sHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Iter Palaestinum eller resa til heliga landetHasselquist, Fredrik Iter
Palaestinum eller resa til heliga
(Stockholm 1757).
and Pehr Osbeck’sOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
Swedish. Clergyman, botanist explorer.
Studied at Uppsala under Linnaeus
1745-1750. Chaplain on ships of the
Swedish East India Company on voyages to
China. Vicar of Hasslöv (Halland).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
diary [Zinn refers to Dagbok öfwer en ostindisk resaOsbeck, Pehr Dagbok
öfwer en ostindisk resa åren
1750. 1751. 1752. Med anmärkningar
uti naturkunnigheten, främmande
folkslags språk, seder,
hushållning, m.m. [...] Jämte
12 tabeller och afledne
skepps-predikanten : Toréns
(Stockholm 1757).
]. Zinn wonders whether Pehr KalmKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will publish his Canadian plants in a book of his own [this intended work by Kalm was never published]. Zinn has not yet learnt that a dissertation De Spigelia anthelmintica has been published by David Sigismund August BüttnerBüttner, David Sigismund August
(1724-1768). Hungarian. Professor
of medicine and botany in 1756, Berlin,
in 1760 professor of botany and zoology,
, but he has written to his friends in Berlin about this.

Trew has published Cedrorum Libani historia earumque character botanicusTrew, Christopher Jacob
Cedrorum Libani historia earumque
character botanicus
with a new illustration of Cedrus libani and its character by Georg Dionysius EhretEhret, Georg Dionysius
(1710-1770). German/British. Botanical
illustrator. Correspondent of Linnaeus.


a. original holograph (LS, XVI, 314-317). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]