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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2632 • David de Gorter to Carl Linnaeus, 23 December 1759 n.s.
Dated 23 Decemb 1759. Sent from St Petersburg (Russia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

upSUMMARY

David de GorterGorter, David de (1707 or
1717-1783). Dutch. Botanist and
physician. Succeeded his father Johannes
de Gorter as physician-in-ordinary to
the Empress Elizabeth of Russia. Son of
Susanna de Gorter, brother of Herman
Boerhaave de Gorter. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
sends Linnaeus Constantin ScepinísScepin, Constantin (1727-?).
Russian?. Physician and botanist from
Siberia, doctor of medicine in Leiden in
1758. Visited Linnaeus in Uppsala in
1759. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
inaugural dissertation [Gorter refers to Schediasma chemico-medicum inaugurale de acido vegetabiliScepin, Constantin Schediasma
chemico-medicum inaugurale de acido
vegetabili, etc
(Leiden 1758)
]. Gorter wants to know whether the comments added are made with sufficient care [see Linnaeus to David van Royen, 23 August 1759Letter L2565]. Gorter has his doubts.

Very soon the Imperial Academy of Sciences of St Petersburg, [Imperatorskaja akademija naukImperatorskaja akademija nauk,
Imperial Academy of Sciences

Russian. Imperial Academy of Sciences of
St Petersburg, founded in 1725. Its
publications are Commentarii
Academiae Scientiarum Imperialis
Petropolitanae
, 1-14 (1726 -
1744/1746 [i.e. pub. 1728 - 1751]) and
Novi Commentarii Academiae
Scientiarum Imperialis
Petropolitanae
, 1-20 (1747/1748 -
1775 [i.e. pub. 1750 - 1776]).
] will decide which two contributions will be awarded prizes [In 1759 Linnaeus sent a contribution, Disquisitio de quaestione ab Academia Imperiali Scientiarum Petropol. in annum 1759, pro praemio proposita: Sexum Plantarum argumentis et experimentis novisLinnaeus, Carl Disquisitio de
quaestione ab Academia Imperiali
Scientiarum Petropol. in annum 1759, pro
praemio proposita: Sexum Plantarum
argumentis et experimentis novis,
praeter adhuc jam cognita, vel
corroborare, vel impugnare,
præmissa expositione historica et
physica omnium plantae partium, quae
aliquid ad faecundationem et
perfectionem seminis et fructus conferre
creduntur, ab eadem Academia [...]
praemio ornata
(St. Petersburg,
1760). Soulsby no. 2115.
, to a competition regarding the sexuality of plants]. One prize will no doubt go to the author who has used as his pseudonym the motto to extend oneís reputation through deeds [i.e., Linnaeus].

Gorter has noted the following data from the dissertation:


Aretius died on 21 April in 1574
Bellucius died in 1671
Bergen was born on 2 August in 1704
Burman was born in 1707
Cesalpino died on 15 March in 1603
Camerarius, Rudolph, was born on 17 February in 1665; he died 2 September in 1721
Lecluse was born on 26 February in 1526
Gorter, David de, was born on 30 April in 1717
Hebenstreit was born on 15 January in 1702; he died on 5 December in 1757
Heister was born on 19 December in 1683; he died on 18 April 1758
Hoffman, Maur., was born on 20 September in 1622
Hoffman, Joh. M., was born on 6 October in 1652
Hotton was born on 18 January in 1648
Hauston died on 14 July in 1733
Loeselius died on 13 March in 1655
Mentzel, Christ., was born on 22 June in 1622
Moehring was born on 21 July in 1710
Munting, Heur., died on 16 April 1658
Munting, Abrah., the son, was born on 19 June in 1626
Muraltus was born in 1645; he died in 1733
Rumpf died in 1706
Schellhamer died on 2 February in 1716
Scheuchzer, Joh. Jac., was born on 2 August in 1672
Schuyl died in 1669
Seba was born on 21 April in 1665; he died on 2 May in 1736
Trew was born on 26 April in 1695
Valentin, M.B., was born on 26 November in 1657
Valentin, C.B., was born on 29 December in 1694
Vallisner was born on 3 May in 1661; he died on 28 January in 1730
Gorter, Jan de, was born on 7 December in 1684
Volkamer, J. Christ., was born on 7 June in 1641; he died on 26 August in 1720
Wagner was born on 30 April in 1641; he died on 14 December in 1695
Wachendorff was born in 1704; he died on 23 December in 1758
Westenberg, Ern. G., died on 16 November in 1712
Zwinger was born on 25 September in 1657; he died on 22 April in 1724

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a. original holograph (LS, V, 113-116). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]