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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 1 November 1757 n.s.
Dated 1 Nov. 1757. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is very grateful for Linnaeusís letter of 12 October [this letter has not come down to us]. He asks Linnaeus to keep the genus Cunonia instead of Antholyza, thus rendering 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,
and, in particular, Burmanís 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.
a favour. Burman also asks Linnaeus to keep the genus Osterdikia for the same reason that Linnaeus named a genus Roella. Did Wilhelm RoellRoëll, Wilhelm
(1700-1775). Dutch. Professor of
anatomy at Amsterdam. Correspondent of
or others like him contribute more to botany than the father and son Oosterdijk [Herman Oosterdijk SchachtOosterdijk Schacht, Herman
(1679-1744). Dutch. Professor of
medicine, Leiden.
and Johannes Oosterdijk SchachtOosterdijk Schacht, Johannes
(1704-1792). Dutch. Professor of
medicine at Utrecht. Son of Herman
Oosterdijk Schacht.
] Burmanís very good friends?

Burman is sorry to learn that the shrub he sent, Salvia fruticosa, earlier Wachendorfia, died. He will send a new one in spring. He supposes that Linnaeus also received copies of the sixth fascicle [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.
(Amsterdam 1755-1760).
] sent by the same ship.

Burman hopes that Linnaeus has received the illustrations of Wachendorfia, made by Cuno [Cunoís depiction together with Burmanís description was published 1757 in the WachendorfiaBurman, Johannes
Wachendorfia (Amsterdam 1757).
]. The plate is not yet engraved since the engraver [J. Körnlein] has fallen ill.

Burman sends the last illustrations of fascicle seven. Two of them seem to belong to genus Mentzelia, the other two to Jussiea. He is waiting for Linnaeusís answer.

Burmanís wife[Adriana BurmanBurman, Adriana (-1759).
Dutch. Wife of Johannes Burman, mother
of Nicolaas Laurens Burman and Johanna
Elizabeth Burman.
]is recovering a little, although she still suffers from irregular menstrual flow. He hopes that Linnaeusís wife [Sara Elisabet LinnaeaMoraea, Sara Elisabet
(1716-1806). Swedish. Linnaeusís wife.
Daughter of Johan Moraeus and Elisabet
Hansdotter Moraea. Mother of Carl
Linnaeus the Younger and of Elisabeth
Christina, Louisa, Sara Christina and
Sophia Linnaea.
], is cured and free from her haemorrhoids.


a. (LS, II, 419). [1] [2]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 110-111   p.110  p.111.