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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 14 August 1759 n.s.
Dated 14 Aug. 1759.. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has understood from Linnaeus’s letter [20 July 1759Letter L2552] that he is well. He had been afraid of the opposite since he had not heard anything from Linnaeus for three months and had received no answer to the April letter [17 April 1759Letter L2530] where he informed Linnaeus of his wife’s [Adriana BurmanBurman, Adriana (-1759).
Dutch. Wife of Johannes Burman, mother
of Nicolaas Laurens Burman and Johanna
Elizabeth Burman.
] death.

Now Burman lives alone at his estate in peace and quiet enjoying his Javanese and Cape plants. Those, that flowered last spring he digs up and classifies. If it pleases Linnaeus, he will send a large number, among them different species of Ixia, many more than 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
presented in his fascicles.

Burman wishes that Linnaeus would remember his promise to send dried plants.

The banana flowers today in the garden and also Brunsvigia and other exotic ones.

In three days Burman’s son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeus’s pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] will receive his doctor’s degree. The thesis [ Specimen botanicorum de geraniis ] is in print and Burman will send it as soon as possible.

Burman is pleased that Linnaeus will at last receive the fascicle [Burman refers to 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).
] that was captured by the Prussians [see letter from Linnaeus 20 July 1759Letter L2552]. Burman thinks that he sent an another copy of it in his last parcel.

Burman is now busy with the tenth part; many plates are already finished.

Burman is eagerly waiting for the fourth tome of Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
and the second part of Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 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].

Johann Gottfried ZinnZinn, Johann Gottfried
(1727-1759). German. Physician and
botanist, director of the botanical
garden of Göttingen (1753).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
died some time ago in Göttingen. Phlip 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 [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.
] frequents the garden and seems to be very competent.


a. (LS, II, 450-451). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 140-141   p.140  p.141.