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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2398 • David de Gorter to Carl Linnaeus, 10 October 1758 n.s.
Dated 29 Sept. S.V. 1758. Sent from St Petersburg (Russia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

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On the day before yesterday David de GorterGorter, David de (1707 or
1717-1783). Dutch. Botanist and
physician. Succeeded his father Johannes
de Gorter as physician-in-ordinary to
the Empress Elizabeth of Russia. Son of
Susanna de Gorter, brother of Herman
Boerhaave de Gorter. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
received Linnaeusís letter dated 11 September [1758; this letter has not come down to us]. However, he still awaits the package.

Gorter is honoured by the fact that Linnaeus considers him worthy to have a new genus named after him. Gorter owes his learning to Linnaeus. There is a Cimicifuga in the garden of the Imperial Academy of Sciences of St Petersburg, Imperatorskaja akademija nauk Imperatorskaja akademija nauk,
Imperial Academy of Sciences

Russian. Imperial Academy of Sciences of
St Petersburg, founded in 1725. Its
publications are Commentarii
Academiae Scientiarum Imperialis
Petropolitanae
, 1-14 (1726 -
1744/1746 [i.e. pub. 1728 - 1751]) and
Novi Commentarii Academiae
Scientiarum Imperialis
Petropolitanae
, 1-20 (1747/1748 -
1775 [i.e. pub. 1750 - 1776]).
in St Petersburg. Next spring Gorter intends to send Linnaeus a live plant. Johann Christian HebenstreitHebenstreit, Johann Christian
(1720-1795). German. Botanist, son of
Johann Ernst Hebenstreit, educated at
Leipzig. At St Petersburg from 1749-1751
and 1755-1761. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
has promised all help with the propagation.

Gorterís father [Johannes de GorterGorter, Johannes de
(1689-1762). Dutch. Physician.
Professor of medicine at Harderwijk in
1725. Succeeded Abraham Kaauw Boerhaave
as physician-in-ordinary to the Empress
Elizabeth of Russia at the court in St
Petersburg 1754 to 1758. Returned to
Holland in 1758. Husband of Susanna de
Gorter. Father of David de Gorter and
Herman Boerhaave de Gorter.
] is now seventy years old. His health became worse, since his wife [Susanna de GorterGorter, Susanna de Dutch. Wife
of Johannes de Gorter, mother of David
de Gorter and Herman Boerhaave de
Gorter. Born van Bassen.
] had died. A month ago, having received his retirement, he returned to Holland with his two youngest children. He received 600 golden coins for his travel expenses from the Russian Empress [Elizabeth Petrovna RomanovaPetrovna Romanova, Elizabeth
(1709-1762). Russian. Empress of
Russia. Reigned from 1741-1762.
]. In Holland he will receive an annual sum of six thousand Dutch florins from the Russian legate living there.

Gorter knows that Linnaeus is planning a new edition of Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
[the next edition was published in 1762, Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
]. He therefore writes down some comments for Linnaeus.

A species of Rheum originating from Chinese seeds grows in the main imperial medical garden. It is different from the other rhubarbs through its palmate leaves. However, the seeds have not germinated. Perhaps Gorter will be able to send a live root to Linnaeus next year. Gorter sends a dissertation by Koelreuter [Joseph Gottlieb KolreuterKolreuter, Joseph Gottlieb
(1733-1806). German. Botanist,
published a pioneering work on plant
hybridization.
]. The latter has already sent Linnaeus a copy, but he doubts that Linnaeus has received it [no letter from Kolreuter has come down to us].

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a. original holograph (LS, V, 96-97). [1] [2] [3]