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Link: • John Hill to Carl Linnaeus, 21 November 1757 n.s.
Dated 21 Nov. 1757. Sent from London (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.


John HillHill, John (1716-1775).
British. Pharmacist, physician and
supervisor of the botanical gardens at
Kew. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends his regards to Linnaeus and sends him a list of the plants depicted in his book Eden: or a compleat body of gardeningHill, John Eden: or a
compleat body of gardening [... ]
compiled and digested from the papers of
the late Mr. Hale, by the authors of the
Compleat Body of Husbandry [...]

( London 1757).

The Lepia is a new genus, and Hill gives its characteristics. The specimen comes from Africa, and Hill thinks it is the same as one depicted by Johann Philip BreyneBreyne, Johann Philip
(1680-1764). German/Polish. Zoologist
and physician in Danzig. Son of Jacob
Breyne. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[in his Prodromi fasciculi rariorum plantarumBreyne, Johann Philip
Prodromi fasciculi rariorum plantarum
primus et secundus, quondam separatim,
nunc nova hac editione multum desiderata
coniunctim editi, notulisque illustrati.
Accedunt icones rariorum et exoticarum
plantarum aeri incisae, fasciculo olim
promisso destinatae: adiectis nominibus
et succinctis descriptionibus. Quibus
praemittuntur vita et effigies auctoris.
Cura et studio Johannis Philippi
(Danzig 1739).

The other plants should be familiar to Linnaeus, since Hill has used the trivial names published in Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
. However, the crimson periwinkle has not been described before. It has its flowers in clusters at the head of the stems.


a. original holograph (LS, VII, 22-23). [1] [2]


1. The Letters and Papers of Sir John Hill (1982), p. 76 .