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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2597 • Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin to Carl Linnaeus, 24 October 1759 n.s.
Dated 24. Octobris 1759. Sent from Wien (Austria) to ? (). Written in Latin.

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Nicolaus Joseph,von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
expresses thanks for Linnaeusís letter (September-October? 1759)Letter L2590, which also contained dry plants and seeds that he had already put to good use.

Jacquin admits that Lens phaseoloides is a Minosa and that the Agave is a Yucca. He also returns to a number of other issues discussed in the previous letter.

Jacquin asks Linnaeus to check a number of details in a project he was working on and send back his comments if he found that something was lacking. This mainly concerned Tetrandria, Octandria, Decandria and Monadelphia.

With regard to Gerhard van SwietenSwieten, Gerhard van
(1700-1772). Dutch. Pupil of Boerhaave.
Called by Maria Theresa to Vienna, where
he organised the public health system.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Jacquin comments that he had been instrumental in the establishment of the botanical garden in Vienna, then only three years old but a future possible source for exchange of plants with the Uppsala garden, especially from the Alpine flora.

After some additional botanical details, Jacquin mentions that he was including a list of the seeds that he had enclosed. Many of the seeds, however, are no longer possible to define, since on three occasions during his journey he met British soldiers, who like pirates had stolen his notes on the collected seeds.

Jacquin sends Linnaeus a copy of François Boissier de La Croix de SauvageísSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
(1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
work and a number of seeds but does not want to be refunded for expenses. He promises another letter a fortnight later in order not to let two months pass without some contact with Linnaeus.

The letter ends with a short description of Monanthera, and comments on some parts of plants that Linnaeus had described incompletely since he had never seen them flowering or in real life.

[2004-07-11]

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a. (LS, VII, 176-177). [1] [2] [3]