This letter to Gerard 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. is enclosed with a letter to Nicolaus Joseph, baron 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. [Linnaeus to Jacquin, 22 November 1759Letter L2612]. The whole world should be grateful to the ingenious Jacquin for his wonderful discoveries. The Botanical Garden [Vienna Botanical Garden, Linnaeus refers to the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna, founded in 1754], organized by the man who is honoured in the whole world, will be enriched next spring by Linnaeus with various seeds. Linnaeus is eagerly looking forward to receiving Antonio Scopoli’s work [Linnaeus refers to Flora CarniolicaScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Flora Carniolica exhibens plantas
Carniolae indigenas et distributas in
classes naturales. Cum differentiis
specificis, synonymis recentiorum, locis
natalibus, nominibus incolarum,
observationibus selectis, viribus
medicis (Vienna 1760). ]. He is enchanted by Jacquin’s plants. All good botanists should receive and cherish Jacquin as a true Maecenas in his art.