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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 15 January 1759 n.s.
Dated 15 Jan. MDCCLIX. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.


Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has received Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis SuecorumLinnaeus, Carl Museum S:ae
R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis
Suecorum [...] in quo animalia rariora
imprimis et exotica: quadrupedia, aves,
amphibia, pisces, insecta, vermes
describuntur et determinantur, Latine et
Suetice cum iconibus
and is very grateful. Burman, too, has a lot of fishes and different snakes in his collection.

Burman did not meet the Swedish professor [Bengt FerrnerFerrner, Bengt (1724-1802).
Swedish. Astronomer at Uppsala
University. Tutor of crown prince Gustav
of Sweden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, see letter from Linnaeus 16 August 1758Letter L2389 and 4 October 1758Letter L2444 ] who brought the first part of the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
, nor did he hear anything about him [Burman received the book about a month later, see 27 February 1759Letter L2492].

Burman sends some of Charles PlumierísPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
illustrations that he wants Linnaeus to examine. He is going to print the ninth fascicle, and it is his greatest wish to finish the whole work as soon as possible [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).
]. Life is full of hazards and even healthy people die, as i.e. Evert Jacob van WachendorffWachendorff, Everard Jacob van
(1702-1758). Dutch. Physician and
botanist. Studied in Leiden and Utrecht.
Professor of medicine, chemistry and
botany at Utrecht. Correspondent of
last month and other famous colleagues. Also the Princess AnneAnne, (1709-1759). British.
Princess of England, wife of Prince
William IV of Orange , mother of William
V of Orange.
, ruler of the confederate Netherlands died this month. Holland has not had any winter, only blowing winds and rains, bad prospects for the spring, and the country is rife with diseases.

Burman sends a list of new species of Geranium from his sonís [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] doctoral thesis [Nicolaas Laurens Burmanís Specimen botanicum de geraniisBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Specimen botanicum de geraniis
(Leiden 1759).
was published in 1759]. He asks Linnaeus to add the appropriate names to the numbers, which would please his son very much.

Burman wishes Linnaeus and his family well for the New Year.


a. original holograph (LS, II, 440-441). [1] [2] [3]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 31-32 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 134   p.134.