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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 30 October 1759 n.s.
Dated 30. Octobr. MDCCLIX. 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.
is very grateful for Linnaeus’s letter [12 October 1759Letter L2600] with the illustrations and commentaries. He now sends another six 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
illustrations [Burman refers to his editing of 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).
]. He hopes to finish the whole work this year.

Burman asks Linnaeus to let him know as soon as possible, whether he has received the Cape bulbs and the other things. Burman has received a lot of Cape bulbs this year, some never observed earlier. If they propagate he will send them to Linnaeus next autumn. He had built a winter garden with twelve windows to store them and it is full of bulbs. Unfortunately the Cyanella bulb died last year due to the rainy weather and it did so in all gardens in Holland that Burman knows of. He had a picture of it engraved which he sent to Linnaeus earlier to get his opinion. Burman is going to work with that when the Plumier work is finished.

Burman is sorry about not having received part two Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
, issued long ago [the 10th edition was published in two volumes, “Animalia” 1758 and “Vegetabilia” 1759. The third volume, “Mineralia” was never published].

Linnaeus will be very pleased to have a man in the Cape of Good Hope. Burman has looked for such a person himself, but the men in power no longer provide grants to scientists, preferring comedy and similar amusements.

Job BasterBaster, Job (1711-1775).
Dutch. Naturalist, doctor of medicine,
Leiden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has undoubtedly sent his book [Opuscula subsecivaBaster, Job Opuscula
subseciva, observationes miscellaneas de
animalculis et plantis quibusdam
marinis, eorumque ovariis et seminibus
, 2 vol. (Haarlem,
] to Linnaeus.

Burman’s son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeus’s pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] sends his compliments. If the wars stop Burman wishes that his son could visit Linnaeus next summer to attend the summer lectures on natural history, particularly botany.


a. (LS, II, 454-455). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 145-146   p.145  p.146.