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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 20 June 1758 n.s.
Dated 20 Iunij 1758. 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.
writes this letter afflicted with several very sad calamities. He has lost his only daughter [Johanna Elizabeth BurmanBurman, Johanna Elizabeth
(1732-1758). Dutch. Daughter of
Johannes Burman and Adriana Burman,
sister of Nicolaas Laurens Burman.
], twenty-six years old, beloved by her parents. She took care of her very weak mother [Adriana BurmanBurman, Adriana (-1759).
Dutch. Wife of Johannes Burman, mother
of Nicolaas Laurens Burman and Johanna
Elizabeth Burman.
] during the hard winter. At Easter she fell ill with violent menstrual flow and colic and spasmodic pains. When it was somewhat decreasing, immense headache, insomnia, delirium and convulsions supervened. She was cured by bleeding or venesection, plasters, styptics and balsamic oil medicine but the symptoms returned in the middle of May and she died on 29 May.

Burmanís only son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] is now his comfort. He is hopefully going to defend his doctorís thesis this year [it was published the following year, Specimen botanicum de geraniisBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Specimen botanicum de geraniis
(Leiden 1759).
]. Burman is well and his wife, though in bed and increasingly weak, manages to get along, committing herself and her family to God. Burman hopes that Linnaeus and his family are well and that he soon will be encouraged by a letter and books from Linnaeus.

A few days ago Burman delivered a parcel to Pierre BalguerieBalguerie, Pierre (1679-1759).
French. Swedish agent in Amsterdam.
Father of Daniel Balguerie.
with illustrations of various cacti constituting most of the eighth 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).
]. He asks Linnaeus to examine them. He added the dissertation of Constantin ScepinScepin, Constantin (1727-?).
Russian?. Physician and botanist from
Siberia, doctor of medicine in Leiden in
1758. Visited Linnaeus in Uppsala in
1759. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[Schediasma chemico-medicum inaugurale de acido vegetabiliScepin, Constantin Schediasma
chemico-medicum inaugurale de acido
vegetabili, etc
(Leiden 1758)
]. Lorenz HeisterHeister, Lorenz (1683-1758).
German. Anatomist and surgeon,
considered the father of German surgery.
Professor of anatomy and surgery in
1720, of theoretical medicine and botany
at Helmstädt in 1730. He rejected
Linnaeusís sexual system. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
died in April and also Johannes van den HonertHonert, Johannes van der
(1693-1758). German. Professor of
theology, Utrecht and Leiden.
professor of theology. Today Johannes LulofsLulofs, Johannes (1711-1768).
Dutch. Professor of astronomy and
mathematics, Leiden.
is giving a funeral oration in Leiden.


a. (LS, II, 430-431). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 121-122   p.121  p.122.