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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 25 September 1759 n.s.
Dated 25 Sept. 1759. 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.
sends the last fascicles of Charles Plumier’sPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
work [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).
], which he hopes to finish this year.

Burman assumes that Linnaeus will soon receive the parcel with Geranium material, illustrations from an earlier work and a lot of Cape bulbs of all kinds of species. He will send another parcel, if time permits, with more rare dried plants. He has understood from Linnaeus’s letter dated 26 August [this letter has not come down to us] that he had sent a lot of dried plants in duplicate to Burman.

Burman asks when the second part of the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
will be published [the 10th edition was published in two volumes, “Animalia” 1758 and “Vegetabilia” 1759. The third volume, “Mineralia” was never published]. He is eagerly waiting for it as well as for the fourth part of Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
. Burman has inquired about Vitaliano Donati’sDonati, Vitaliano (1713-1763).
Italian. Professor of natural history,
Turin. Travelled in the Balkans and in
the Orient. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Flora, and if it is for sale he will send it to Linnaeus. Burman is grateful for the seeds, the Tussilago anandria grows in the garden, and if he wants seeds of Diosma and other rare ones, he will send them.

Job BasterBaster, Job (1711-1775).
Dutch. Naturalist, doctor of medicine,
Leiden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has published his work on small marine animals and plants with six elegant plates [Burman refers to the Opuscula subsecivaBaster, Job Opuscula
subseciva, observationes miscellaneas de
animalculis et plantis quibusdam
marinis, eorumque ovariis et seminibus
, 2 vol. (Haarlem,
]. Perhaps Linnaeus knows him, a very accurate naturalist living in Zealand, through 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.
or Philip MillerMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
. More parts will follow.

Philip Miller’sMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
son [either Charles MillerMiller, Charles (1739-).
British. Son of Philip Miller, brother
of Philip Miller the Younger.
or Philip Miller the YoungerMiller the Younger, Philip
(1734-). British. Son of Philip Miller,
brother of Charles Miller.
] has returned home.

Burman has delivered the parcel with the Geranium material to a ship called Libertas; the name of the shipmaster is Ianus Klijn the YoungerKlijn, Ianus Dutch.


a. original holograph (LS, II, 452). [1] [2]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 141-142   p.141  p.142.