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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 19 September 1758 n.s.
Dated 19 Sept. 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.
is very grateful to have received a letter [16 August 1758Letter L2389] from Linnaeus with observations on the cacti, but unfortunately it was too late since the eighth fascicle was already in print [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).
]. In most cases, however, their observations were the same.

Burman has delivered the usual copies of the eighth fascicle to Pierre BalguerieBalguerie, Pierre (1679-1759).
French. Swedish agent in Amsterdam.
Father of Daniel Balguerie.
and some new illustrations of 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
plants for the ninth fascicle. He asked Balguerie about the missing sixth fascicle and he gave him a copy from his book in which he notes down information about the ships. The ship with Linnaeus’s box had been captured by the Prussians and is now in Wolgast in Pomerania. Linnaeus may perhaps get his box through the Swedish ambassador, particularly if the Swedish king [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] could intervene.

Burman congratulates Linnaeus on the acquisition of Patrick Browne’s herbariumBrowne, 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
. He asks for plants in duplicate. Burman is sure that Linnaeus has now received the Cape plants and the Plumier illustrations. He asks Linnaeus to add names and observations.

Burman will send seeds and bulbs from the Cape later when they are collected or dried. He has not received anything from Linnaeus for more than a year. He always receives new things from other friends, as he thinks good friends ought to do. From a botanical friend he yesterday received a box with plants from Virginia, Carolina and the Orient, once collected by William SherardSherard, William (1659-1728).
British. British consul in Smyrna.
Collector of botanical specimens. Took
the initiative to the first chair in
botany at Oxford. The first professor
was Johan Jacob Dillenius. Owner of the
estate Eltham in Kent.
, Mark CatesbyCatesby, Mark (1682-1749).
British. Naturalist and artist. Best
known for his illustrated work The
Natural history of Carolina, Florida and
the Bahama islands
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Joseph Pitton de TournefortTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris.
, most of then new and never observed before. Those in duplicate he will send to Linnaeus if he offers Burman others in return.

A professor of botany wrote to Burman recently asking for help with some genera that were lacking in a book that he soon will publish. Since Burman does not have them all, he asks Linnaeus for help.


a. original holograph (LS, II, 434-435). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 125-126   p.125  p.126.