Carl Linnaeus to Alexander Garden,
30 May 1759 n.s.
L2538. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Alexander GardenAlexander Garden (1730-1791).
Linnaeus tells Alexander GardenGarden, Alexander (1730-1791).
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
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).
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
1. Caroli Linnaei eq. literas XInas ad Alex. Gardenium (1829), p. 1-3 .