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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman, 10 February 1758 n.s.
Dated 1758 d. 10 febr. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus has made several journeys visiting friends during his winter holidays. Now he has returned to his work and lectures.

Linnaeus showed Johannes BurmanísBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
very beautiful observation of WachendorfiaBurman, Johannes
Wachendorfia (Amsterdam 1757).
to the members of the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
] but to the detriment of himself. The members were displeased because the observation was in print and therefore Burman was required to send the illustration and description of another plant. Otherwise it would be impossible for Linnaeus to recommend someone as member of the Society in future.

Linnaeus received the reply to the letter about the gardener too late. He had already employed another man for the rest of the year until he could find someone worthy of the work. Burman can send his man next summer by boat and the Consistorium of Uppsala University promises to pay for the journey. He must send someone who is honest and capable because of the cold weather and the two months long winter, when almost every day is without sunshine.

Linnaeus would send money to Burman but the Swedish merchants wanted a rate of exchange that he could not accept, and now he does not know what to do. He asks Burman if he knows any Dutch person who could change money in Stockholm and then give it to Burman.

Linnaeus now has two of Burmanís Cape plants in his window. They have stems and are going to flower in a month. One resembles Ornithogalum, the other Hyacinthus. He is eagerly waiting for the flowers. Whenever he looks at these plants he recalls Burmanís favour for him.

Linnaeus has seen the first volume of Michel AdansonísAdanson, Michel (1727-1806).
French. Botanist. Travelled in Senegal.
An opponent of Linnaeus. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
Histoire naturelle du SénégalAdanson, Michel Histoire
naturelle du Sénégal.
Coquillages. Avec la relation
abrégée d'un voyage fait
en ce pays, pendant les années
1749, 50, 51, 52 & 53, etc.

(Paris 1757).
and Emanuel Mendes da CostaísDa Costa, Emanuel Mendes
(1717-1791). British. Naturalist of
Portugese descent. Correspondent of
first volume of A natural history of fossilsDa Costa, Emanuel Mendes A
natural history of fossils
. He will send the first part of his Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
, an immense work, in the beginning of spring.

Linnaeus has received all the conchylia that are to be found in the Mediterranean Sea. If Burman has some duplicates Linnaeus asks him to send them.

Linnaeus has received his disciple Pehr LöflingísLöfling, 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.
manuscripts [published in Iter Hispanicum, eller resa til spanska länderna uti Europa och AmericaLöfling, Pehr Iter
Hispanicum, eller resa til spanska
länderna uti Europa och America

(Stockholm 1758).
] from Cumana in Venezuela with descriptions of new genera and illustrations of Charles PlumierísPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical


a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnes arkiv, 1001-1004). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 21-23 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 115-116   p.115  p.116.