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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman, 16 August 1758 n.s.
Dated 16 Aug. 1758. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.


Yesterday Linnaeus received Johannes Burman’sBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
parcel with the Charles PlumierPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
illustrations [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).
] and a parcel from Adriaan van RoyenRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. He does not know where to go to find the sixth fascicle. He has asked all his friends in Stockholm.

Linnaeus has received Patrick Browne’sBrowne, Patrick (1720-1790).
Irish. Botanist who made six voyages to
the West Indies. In 1756 he published
The Civil and natural history of
(1756). Correspondent of
herbarium, which he had bought in London. An amazing collection, almost all of Browne’s plants except 50, but 60 without names.

Linnaeus has sent a copy of the first part of the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
to Burman with Bengt FerrnerFerrner, Bengt (1724-1802).
Swedish. Astronomer at Uppsala
University. Tutor of crown prince Gustav
of Sweden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, travelling by road from Hamburg. He asks Burman to make the man known among mathematicians in Holland.

Browne’s collections contain lots of ferns and mosses but seldom any in duplicate.

Linnaeus today received a paper from Pierre BalguerieBalguerie, Pierre (1679-1759).
French. Swedish agent in Amsterdam.
Father of Daniel Balguerie.
, showing that Burman has sent something on July 31.

Linnaeus has had Pehr Löfling’sLöfling, 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 transcribed and prepared for printing, hoping that a printer will undertake it [Burman refers to the publishing of the 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).

Linnaeus has written to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
[4 August 1758Letter L2391 ] who in a letter has assured him [this letter has not come down to us] that he had sent the book to Burman [Burman received the book in November, see letter to Linnaeus 15 January 1759Letter L2482].

Javanese plants will perhaps become commonplace, Linnaeus has often received them. Plants from the Cape of Good Hope are more important, always bringing something new from Africa. Burman sent so many last year that they will delight Linnaeus for the rest of his life.

In the beginning of spring van Royen sent many Indian seeds but very few germinated.


a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnes arkiv, 1101-1102). [1] [2]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 23-24 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 124-125   p.124  p.125.