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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2259 • Johann Gottfried Zinn to Carl Linnaeus, 1 October 1757 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Göttingen (Germany) to (). Written in Latin.

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Johann Gottfried ZinnZinn, Johann Gottfried
(1727-1759). German. Physician and
botanist, director of the botanical
garden of Göttingen (1753).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is sorry that he has not been able to answer Linnaeus earlier because of the war [the letter referred from Linnaeus has not come down to us].

Chrysogonum peruvianum, Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
, 920, no. 2, is discussed.

Zinn considers the small tree resembling Ptelea to be a true species of Ptelea. Johann Jacob DilleniusDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
says in Hortus ElthamensisDillenius, Johann Jacob
Hortus Elthamensis (London 1732).
, p. 148, that he has seen a small tree in Peter Collinson’sCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
garden with larger and more numerous leaves than Ptelea trifolia has. Dillenius’s small tree seems to be the same as Zinn’s small tree.

In the Göttingen University Botanical Garden, Zinn has grown a species of Phytolacca with sixteen stamens and more.

Zinn hopes to be able to send Linnaeus seeds of Camphorata.

Ceratocarpus has perished in the Göttingen University Botanical Garden.

Two months ago Zinn was elected a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna [Accademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto di BolognaAccademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto
di Bologna,
Italian. The Academy
of Sciences of the Institute of Bologna.
Founded in 1714. Published its first
serial publication, De Bononiensi
scientiarum et artium instituto atque
academia commentarii
(1731 to 1791).
].

Zinn would like to become a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] in Stockholm.

Zinn offers to send an anatomical description of the human eye that can be inserted in the the transactions of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
, i.e., Kungliga Vetenskapsakademiens handlingar Kungliga
Vetenskapsakademiens handlingar

(1739-) (Transactions of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences).
; Zinn had presumably planned to have his Descriptio anatomica oculi humaniZinn, Johann Gottfried
Descriptio anatomica oculi humani :
iconibus illustrata
(Göttingen
1755).
translated into Swedish, but no such description by him was inserted in theKungliga Vetenskapsakademiens handlingar].

Zinn deplores the fate of Pehr LöflingLöfling, Pehr (1729-1756).
Swedish. Botanist and explorer. Studied
under Linnaeus. Went to Spain in 1751
and took part in the Spanish expedition
to Venezuela in 1754, where he died.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
.

Zinn eagerly awaits Pehr Osbeck’s Chinese 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
bref
(Stockholm 1757).
] and Pehr Kalm’s Canadian Flora [this intended work by Kalm was never published].

P.S. Zinn complains that a letter addressed to the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala,
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
], and which was sent to Hamburg has been sent back to Zinn, because the courier refused to transport it, unless postage was paid to Stockholm.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, XVI, 318-319). [1] [2] [3]