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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2363 • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 20 June 1758 n.s.
Dated 20 Iunij 1758. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Nobilissimo & Doctissimo Viro,
Carolo Linnaeo, Equiti
ac Professori Celeberrimo,
S[alutem] D[icit]
Joannes Burmannus.

Variis ac tristissimis adflictus calamitatibus, hasce lugens ad Te scribo, proh dolor! Unicam amabilissimam perdidi filiam, viginti sex annos jam natam, eximiis Naturae dotibus praeditam, ingeniosissimam, ab omnibus amatam, a Parentibus suis dilectissimam, summa cura et intimo animi adfectu nutritam, summoque pretio habitam. Haec per totum anni decursum, inprimis saevissima hacce hyeme semper debilissimae meae Conjugi, oculis cariori suae matri, adfuit; sollicita semper fuit opitulata cura, plurimis doloribus et adflictibus debilitata et agitata ob pertinacissimum suae matris morbum. Circa diem Paschatis tempore Menstruationis vehementissimis corripitur doloribus Colicis Spasmodicisque, quibus paullo cessantibus supervenit enormis Cephalalgia, Vigiliae, Deliria, Convulsiones horrendae; Symptomata haec Dirissima ipseque Morbus per revulsiones, Venae sectionem nempe, Vesicatoria, Enemata, ac Balsamica oleosa Medicamenta profligata quum fuerint, Summo Numinis favore beneficioque praeter omnem spem et opinionem ad se redit, reconvalescit, et in integrum restituitur, sanaque Mente & corpore reviviscit, ad medium circiter Mensis Maji, quum redeuntibus menstruis dolores recrudescunt, eademque memorata et terribilia redeunt symptomata, de die in diem graviora ac vehementiora, nullis remediis auscultantia, donec die 29 Maji animam exspirat, miserrimamque hanc vitam cum aeterna beatitudine ad summam Creatoris sui gloriam praedicandam destinata mutuat.

Unicus itaque nostro solatio superest modo filius honestus, candidus et ingenuus, qui omni studio Medicam & Botanicam excolit artem, hocce anno, ut spero, doctorandus, quem ut propitium Numen incolumem servet et suo Spiritu adflet, summa est nostrarum precum ac continua supplicatio.

Ego autem ratione tristissimarum circumstantiarum satis prospere vivo ac valeo, & licet uxor mea dilectissima lecto continuo incumbat, viriliter tamen se gerit, ac benignissimo suo Creatori se suamque carissimam, at sensim minutam, constanter committit familiam.

Te Tuamque Nobilissimam Conjugem ac Prolem pancratice valere, omni animi adfectu spero ac voveo, brevique tuis suavissimis litteris et egregiis operibus exhilariri quam maxime desidero & exopto.

Paucos ante dies D[omi]no Balguerio fasciculum tradidi, in quo variae sunt Cacti species, iconibus expressae, quas tuo examini submitto, quaeque octavum magna ex parte constituunt fasciculum, quem jam ad finem exaravi, sique tuam acceperim sententiam brevi Typis mandabo; addidi ipsi quandam dissertationem a Med[icinae] Doctori [sic] Scepin natione Russo elabora¬tam, cui variae elegantes adjectae sunt observationes Botanicae, quas haud inutiles Tibi fore putavi.

Nil novi porro scio, nisi quod Cl[arissimus] Heysterus mense Aprili e vita excesserit, ut et Theol[ogiae] Professor Leydae v[an] den Honerz, in quem hoc die Leidae funesta habebitur Oratio a Philosoph[iae] Professore Lulofs.

Valeas, Vir amicissime, meque ut solitus es porro amore ac favore tuo prosequaris ex mutua amicitia obnixe peto.

Dabam Amst[elodami] 20 Junii 1758.

a Monsieur
Monsieur Ch[arles] Linnaeus
Professeur tres celebre &c. &c. &c.
a
Upsal.

upSUMMARY

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.
Burmannus
(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.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

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