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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2409 • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 19 September 1758 n.s.
Dated 19 Sept. 1758. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

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

Nuper tuas accepi mihi gratissimas Litteras, cum Cactorum animad- versionibus, pro quibus devotissimas reddo gratias. Sed dolui tam tarde & sero accessisse, quum fasciculus Octavus jam esset inpressus, putavique, me tuas non accepturum, missumque meum fasciculum, cui inclusae fuere Cactorum icones periisse; in plurimis tamen nostrae observationes conveniebant. Tradidi Octavi fasciculi solita exemplaria cum novis pl[antarum] Plum[ierii] iconibus, quae nonum constituent cum proxime missis fasciculum D[omino] Balguerio, apud quem inquisivi de sexto fasciculo ante annum misso, qui vir mihi ex suo libro, in quo res Nauticas notavit, copiam dedit, in quo notaverat: ”Die 10 Sept[tembris] 1757 Cl[arissimo] Linnaeo missus est fasciculus, & Olla, in qua erat arbor Capensis, cum navi, cujus insigne seu inscriptio est <u tres fratres, & nomen Nautae Jacobus Fich, navis vero ista detenta est a Borussis, jacetque in hunc usque diem Wolgastae in Pomera, ita ut in ista navi fasciculus lateat, si jam per legatum vestrum posses reclamare, hunc obtinebis & sine dubio habebis fasciculum, praesertim si Rex vester sereniss[imus] intercedere velit.”

Laetus ex tuis cognovi te totum Brouwnii Herbarium tibi vindicasse, quod gratulor, sique quaedam sint in duplo, vel aliae rariores plantae, uti saepius jam rogavi, rem mihi facies gratissimam pro meo Herbario augendo & ornando in tui memoriam & gloriam.

Plantas Capenses jam obtinueris sine dubio, quas nuper misi cum iconibus Plumierii pl[antarum]; si juxta numeros ipsarum nomina generica vel specifica communicare velis, ut & observationes iconum, gratissimum erit.

Semina ac bulbos Capenses suo tempore tibi mittam. Nondum sunt collecta vel siccata, sed ultra annum nil mihi obtulisti, qui plurima a te obtinere possem, quum undique nova quotannis accipias; ab aliis enim amicis semper quid novi reporto, ac sic decet inter amicos candidos, quae supersunt communicare, utrisque tum inservimus, atque hoc amicitiae vinculum connectit. Sic heri ab amico Botanico cistam obtinui nitidissimis plantis Virginicis, Carolinis & Orientalibus, a Sherardo, Catesbaeo & Tournefortio olim collectas, inter quas plurimae rarissimae nunquam antea visae, & etiam quaedam in duplo, quas lubens communicare volo, si a tua parte mibi tuas superfluas itidem cordate obtuleris.

Botanices quidam Professor mihi nuper scripsit, an ipsi possem sub¬ministrare pro suo Opere, quod brevi edet, supplendo, sequentia, quibus ego destituor, genera, uti sunt, 15 Cinna, 23 Eranthemum, 44 Hirtella, 45 Olax, 50 Loeflingia, 97 Proserpina, 100 Attophylus, 555 Dalibartia, 685 Loeselia, 690 Büchnera, 872 Tridax, 987 Acnida, Salvadora, Catesbaea, Galax. Si horum itaque exemplaria vel specimina integra habeas in duplo, ad rem Herbariam augendam & promovendam, isti viro & mihi rem facies gratissimam.

Hisce Vale & fave!

Dabam Amst[elodami] 19 Sept[embris] 1758.

Nobiliss[imo] & Doctiss[imo] Viro,
Carolo Linnaeo, Equiti,
ac Professori Celeberrimo,
Upsaliam.

upSUMMARY

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.
Burmannus
(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
works.
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
Jamaica
(1756). Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
. 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
(1736-1743).
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.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

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