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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman, 4 October 1758 n.s.
Dated 1758 d. 4 octobr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus has received a box with Cape plants and then yesterday a letter and he has found many kinds of very rare plants. He has not been able to distinguish nos. 4 and 9, and no. 58 is rapidly disappearing due to the great number of lice.

Linnaeus asks if Bengt FerrnerFerrner, Bengt (1724-1802).
Swedish. Astronomer at Uppsala
University. Tutor of crown prince Gustav
of Sweden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has arrived as he is bringing with him a copy of the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
for Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.

Linnaeus will not be able to get the missing fascicle [Linnaeus refers to Burmanís 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).
]. The king [Adolf Fredrik Adolf 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.
] cannot, of course, interfere in this matter while the war is going on.

Burman is right in insisting that Linnaeus never gives plants to him, but where he lives the climate is unfavourable. If he knew that he possessed a plant that Burman did not have in his garden he would send it at once. Burman will probably not believe it, but Linnaeus does not have time to put aside dried plants in duplicate for his son [Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his fatherís lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeusís
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
] and for friends. He will try this winter so that he can satisfy Burman. He has thought thousands of times to stop the commerce with persons abroad as that detains him the whole year.

Linnaeus asks Burman what to do with the unsold 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
copies. His own bookseller does not want to sell them, and it is hard for Linnaeus to sell them when one fascicle is missing. He will send money for those he has sold.

Linnaeus admires very much Burmanís Rariorum Africanarum plantarum, ad vivum delineatarum, iconibus ac descriptionibus illustratarum decas prima-[decima]Burman, Johannes Rariorum
Africanarum plantarum, ad vivum
delineatarum, iconibus ac
descriptionibus illustratarum decas
and his very beautiful illustrations, but the illustrations are not good all of them [Linnaeus refers to the plates drawn from Nicolaas WitsenísWitsen, Nicolaas (1641-1717).
Dutch. Trustee of the Medical garden,
Amsterdam, director of the VOC. Owner of
a herbarium, Codex Witsenii.
and particularly Simon van der StelísStel, Simon van der Dutch.
Goveror of the cape of Good Hope, owner
of a herbarium.
herbaria]. He wishes that Burman would continue the work with many new plants.

Linnaeus returns to the Cape plants and his observations.

Linnaeus asks Burman to let him know how his wife [Adriana BurmanBurman, Adriana (-1759).
Dutch. Wife of Johannes Burman, mother
of Nicolaas Laurens Burman and Johanna
Elizabeth Burman.
] is. Is there any news about his son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.

A young disciple [Anton Rolandsson MartinMartin, Anton Rolandsson
(1729-1785). Swedish. Student of
medicine. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] has returned from Spitsbergen on a whaler. He found very few plants but several beautiful marine animals.

Linnaeus asks for news from botanists in Holland.

Carl Alexander ClerckClerck, Carl Alexander
(1709-1765). Swedish. Entomologist.
Assessor in Stockholm. Correspondent of
publishes coloured ilustrations of gobies not delineated before [Linnaeus refers to the initiation of the work with publishing Icones insectorum rariorumClerck, Carl Alexander Icones
insectorum rariorum cum nominibus eorum
trivialibus, locisqve e C: Linnaei [...
] Syst: nat: allegatis
, 2 vol.,
(Stockholm 1759-1765).

Linnaeus has now sent Pehr LöflingLöfling, 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.
ís journey to Spain and America to the printers [Linnaeus 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).


a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnes arkiv, 1201-1204). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 25-28 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 126-130   p.126  p.127  p.128  p.129  p.130.