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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2552 • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman, 20 July 1759 n.s.
Dated 1759 d. 20 julii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Viro illustri,
D[omino] D[octori] JO[HANNI] BURMANNO,
Benefactori,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus,
Equ[es].

Habui heri nonum fasciculum Plumeriananum, una cum duabus tabulis et plurima semina rarissima.

Ranunculus aquaticus asari folio est Alisma cordifolia Sp[ecierum] pl[antarum], quam exsiccatam habui inter Brownianas, quamque Brownius in suo opere solam recenset. Flos habet duodecim stamina.

Pyrethrum aphyllum Pl[umierii] mihi plane ignota planta est, nec possum ex figura quidquam divinare.

Rauwolffia angustifolia illa ipsa planta est, quam vos habetis in hortis vestris.

Rauwolffia latifolia vix videtur ab altera differre, nisi foliis latioribus, non insueta varietate in regno vegetabili. At vero si rite pingat flores Plumierus, hujus corollae non modo minores, sed et laciniis rotundioribus, quod magis differentem reddit plantam, quam e varietate exspectandum.

Pulchre in horto meo floruere:

Ixia crocata Mill. icon. 156 f. 1.
Ixia polystachia Mill. ic. 155 f. 2.
Gladiolus tristis. Liliogladiolus Trew. Ehret. t. 39.
Antholyssa Cunonia Mill. ic. 113.
Paspalum virgatum. Sloan. Jam. t. 69. f. 2.
Vinca rosea. Mill. ic. t. 186.
Urtica aestuans e Surinamo.
Veronica sibirica. Amman. Ruth. t. 4 diversa a V. Virginiana.
Conyza bifrons.

Alo nunc in Horto sequentia animalia:

Simia Jacchus.
Mus Porcellus.
Psittacus aestivus.
Psittacus Macao.
Psittacus erithacus.
Psittacus cristatus.
Simia Sylvanus; cujus femina peperit filium, qui lepide ado¬lescit.

Amoenitatum academicarum tomus quartus sudat et ad dimidiam partem impressus est.

Rectoris academici munere nunc fungor.

Kratzensteinii commentaria in pulcherrimas figuras Regenfusii super conchilia a Rege Daniae suppressum est et annihilatum.

Forskålius meus adibit Arabiam impensis Regis Daniae.

Caeterum nihil novi in nostris terris. Vale et me porro ama!

Dabam Upsaliae 1759 d[ie] 20 julii.

Haec dum absolveram litteras Stettino accipio a Medico mihi plane ignoto, qui scribit se in Auctione publica emisse fasciculum mihi destinatum cum opere Plumeriano, eodem scilicet, quem Borussi capiebant, et offert mihi eundem, eodem quo ille acceperat pretio. Rescribo etiam hodie et petam, quod data occasione mittat et solvam pretium, cum intellexero totam collectionem aliquin fore mancam, splendidissimi operis.

Viro amplissimo
D[omino] D[octori] Joh[anni] Burmanno
Professori Botanico
Amsterdam.
friij

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus yesterday received from Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
the ninth fascicle of 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
works.
plants with two plates and a lot of rare seeds [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.
Burmannus
(Amsterdam 1755-1760).
]. Linnaeus gives a description of the plants and other plants flowering in his garden. He also gives a list of animals that he keeps in the garden. A monkey has given birth to a son who is growing well.

The fourth tome of Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
academicae
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
is in preparation and half of it is in print.

Linnaeus has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University.

The Danish king has suppressed and annihilated Christian Gottlieb KratzensteinísKratzenstein, Christian Gottlieb
(1723-1795). Danish. Physician and
physicist. Professor in Halle, from 1754
professor of experimental physics at
Copenhagen. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
commentaries on Franz Michael RegenfussíRegenfuss, Franz Michael
(1713-1780). German. Engraver and
art-dealer. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
very beautiful illustrations of conchylia [Linnaeus refers to the Choix de coquillages et de crustacésRegenfuss, Franz Michael
Choix de coquillages et de
crustacés peints d'après
nature, gravés, en taille douce
et illuminés de leurs vraïes
couleurs
(Copenhagen 1758).
].

Linnaeusís disciple Pehr ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeusís student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will go to Arabia at the expense of the Danish king [Fredrik VFredrik V, (1723-1766).
Danish. Reigned Denmark and Norway
1746-1766.
].

P.S. Linnaeus writes that he had just received a letter from a physician in Stettin, who had bought at an auction a fascicle of Plumierís work intended for Linnaeus. This is the same that the Prussians captured [see letter from Burman 19 September 1758Letter L2409], and the man offers it now to Linnaeus if he gets back the money he spent on it. Linnaeus will do so and answer him today.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnes arkiv, 1301-1304). [1] [2] [3] [4]

upEDITIONS

1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 32-34 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 138-140   p.138  p.139  p.140.