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Link: • Petter Jonas Bergius to Carl Linnaeus, 28 September 1758 n.s.
Dated 28 Sept. 1758. Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Petter Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeusís student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
expresses his gratitude for the herbs from the Cape of Good Hope. He shall keep them as a gift from Linnaeus, particularly Scirpus margaritiferus.

Daniel Adrian LampaísLampa, Daniel Adrian Dutch?.
Director of the Surinam Plantations.
Brother of Anna Sofia Lampa and
brother-in-law of Magnus Daniel
is director of the Surinam Plantations.

About enemas: in Surinam they use a herb much alike Erica vulgaris. It is used for hedges, and Bergius adds a detailed description. The Dutch call the tree that causes the red colour, groen haart. They are huge, as for timber, and have yellow flowers. Magnus Daniel LilljesvärdLilljesvärd, Magnus Daniel
(1693-1771). Swedish. Colonel, married
to Anna Sofia Lampa, sister of Daniel
Adrian Lampa.
has received a piece. ó The Indians plant five species of roots: Batatas; Cassave, that has long root threads from which outgrowth are seen. Jamis and Napis have big roots like our Gotland turnips; finally they have the well-known Tajar, a kind of Arum.

They have no root that will remove swellings, but they use leaves called Krapat or Palma Christi. The leaves are applied externally

Knoeffel-look is a climbing plant that smells like onions. It is not used in foot baths to remove pain and gout, but only in dovecotes to frighten the bats.

Eye root is tasty. It looks like Scorzonerae root. It has a thread per axin. It is used locally for conjunctivitis. A bitter sensation in the throat is a sign of a positive effect.


a. contemporary copy (KVA, Bergius, I, 742).


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 137-138   p.137  p.138.