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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2538 • Carl Linnaeus to Alexander Garden, 30 May 1759 n.s.
Dated 30 Maji 1759. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.

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Linnaeus tells Alexander GardenGarden, Alexander (1730-1791).
British/American. Doctor of medicine,
South Carolina. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
that he had answered Garden’s first letter [Garden to Linnaeus, 15 March 1755Letter L1886], sent a few years previously, immediately he had received it. He is sorry that Garden had not received his answer [this letter has not come down to us]. Now, he had received the letter of 30 November 1758Letter L2447 and understood Garden’s qualities. He had also heard from John EllisEllis, John (1711-1776).
British. Merchant and naturalist, expert
on zoophytes. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
how good a botanist Garden is.

Linnaeus has already received from Ellis a description of Halesia, made by Garden, and included it in Systema naturae which is being published [Linnaeus refers to the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
; the 10th edition was published in two volumes, “Animalia” 1758 and “Vegetabilia” 1759. The third volume, “Mineralia” was never published].

Linnaeus suggests that Garden should collect insects, prepare them and send them to Linnaeus. Instructions are given on mounting and packing. Garden should collect not only beautiful butterflies but any insects.

Linnaeus does not care about his critics more than the moon cares about barking dogs. Linnaeus works at his field, and where he can not fly, he will creep. The critics are welcome to give information, which Linnaeus accepts when it is worth anything.

The plant Garden had sent a character of can not be called Ellisia since that name is already taken by another. Linnaeus would prefer Gardenia, but he fears it is just a variant of Swertia. He wants to see a whole plant, a dried specimen, and suggests that Garden should taste it to know if it has a bitter taste.

Linnaeus will be glad to name a new species after Garden when he finds one in the material arriving from Garden.

Linnaeus wants to know what wild plants are found in Garden’s region, except those enumerated by 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.
[Linnaeus refers to the The Natural history of CarolinaCatesby, Mark The Natural
history of Carolina, Florida and the
Bahama Islands: containing the figures
of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents,
insects and plants: particularly the
forest-trees, shrubs, and other plants,
not hitherto described, or very
incorrectly figured by authors. Together
with their descriptions in English and
French. To which are added observations
on the air, soil, and wate: with remarks
upon agriculture, grain, pulse, roots,
&c. To the whole is prefixed a new
and correct map of the countries treated
of
, I-II (London 1731-1743).
]. In addition, Linnaeus wants help to determine reptiles after their shields and scales and to count the fin rays of the fish species depicted by Catesby.

Linnaeus advises Garden to go ahead and collect and describe the natural things around him and to send Linnaeus such items that he finds worth sending. If Garden sends it to Ellis, Linnaeus will surely have it sooner or later.

The fourth part of Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
academicae
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
is being printed, and Linnaeus outlines its contents and hints that he could send it.