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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 27 February 1759 n.s.
Dated 17 27/2 59. 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.
congratulates Linnaeus on his son’s [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 father’s lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeus’s
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
] appointment hoping that he will follow in his father’s footsteps and that Linnaeus can feel easier in his work studying nature. It is also convenient for having time to look after his estate that he bought recently. Burman congratulates him on this purchase, too. Burman has recently bought a large number of fields bordering on his estate for 35 000 florins. This enlivens him but he wishes that he would not have to see his wife’s [Adriana van BurmanBurman, Adriana (-1759).
Dutch. Wife of Johannes Burman, mother
of Nicolaas Laurens Burman and Johanna
Elizabeth Burman.
] poor state of health when returning home. Only milk keeps her alive and he thinks continually that this will be her last day.

Burman and his son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeus’s pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] feel very grateful for Linnaeus’s commentaries on the material of Geranium, especially considering that he is overburdened with other duties and work, and they will never forget this proof of infinite friendship. Burman feels the same considering the 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
illustrations. Part nine is now being printed and Burman will send the usual copies together with the seeds that Linnaeus wanted [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).
]. Burman hopes that he will be able to sell many copies of his work in spite of the times of war.

Burman asks Linnaeus to forward the eighth fascicle to the 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.
] if he has not done so already. He has heard from Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
that the 2nd tome of the 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
] has been published and he asks Linnaeus to send it himself, if he can, since it may take a year if he sends it through someone else as he did the last time.

Some days ago Burman received the first part of the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
but did not meet Bengt FerrnerFerrner, Bengt (1724-1802).
Swedish. Astronomer at Uppsala
University. Tutor of crown prince Gustav
of Sweden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. He was not at home, and his son had gone away to Leiden to listen to Adriaan van RoyenRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
who read his elegant elegy upon leaving his rectorship.

Burman has delivered Linnaeus’s letter to Johann Albert SchlosserSchlosser, Johann Albert
(?-1769). Dutch. Doctor of medicine,
naturalist, collector of natural history
objects. After his death a number of the
specimens in his collections were
described by Pieter Boddaert.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who once travelled through France and England and now has a medical post outside the city.

Johann David HahnHahn, Johann David (1729-1784).
Dutch. Professor of philosophy, physics
and astronomy, botany and chemistry,
Utrecht. Professor of medicine, Leiden.
has succeeded 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
, but Burman does not know whether he is experienced.

Burman will send six more Plumier illustrations. He hopes that the second part of the Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
will soon be ready [the 10th edition was published in two volumes, “Animalia” 1758 and “Vegetabilia” 1759. The third volume, “Mineralia” was never published] and is wondering if the third Centuria [there was no third edition] or other botanical books have been published.


a. original holograph (LS, II, 442-443). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 135-136   p.135  p.136.