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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 11 December 1759 n.s.
Dated XI Decembr. MDCCLIX. Sent from () 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.
learns with displeasure from Linnaeus’s letter [this letter has not come down to us] that the box with Cape bulbs and other things has not yet reached him. Daniel BalguerieBalguerie, Daniel (1733-1788).
Swedish. Swedish agent in Amsterdam,
succeeded his father Pierre Balguerie.
who has succeeded his late father, has told Burman that the ship arrived long ago. The box was addressed to Joachim von DubenDuben, Joachim von . and Linnaeus can make inquiries from him.

Burman is very grateful for Linnaeus’s commentaries and sends another three illustrations, just as many remain to be engraved and then the whole work is finished [Burman refers to his editing of 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).
]. When he receives Linnaeus’s opinion of the last illustrations the final part can go to the printers. Then Burman will think about other projects. He is deliberating about marriage but it must be a capable partner. He is beginning to be tired of his practise and would like to hand it over to his son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeus’s pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.

Nothing would please Burman’s son more than to attend Linnaeus’s lectures but Bengt FerrnerFerrner, Bengt (1724-1802).
Swedish. Astronomer at Uppsala
University. Tutor of crown prince Gustav
of Sweden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
told him that they are in the Swedish language and then he cannot profit from them. Burman hopes that the war will stop before the journey he contemplates.

Burman has received the second volume 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] and he is pleased to see that the Georg Eberhard RumpfRumpf, Georg Eberhard
(1628-1702). Dutch. Naturalist and
merchant in the service of the Dutch
East India Company. Governor of the
Dutch colony Ambon. He published two
works on the flora of the isle of Ambon.
and 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 are often mentioned, as well as Wachendorfia among the new genera, but he is surprised to see that his Ferraria is missing.

His Aletris raises its scape, and many other plants grow but there are no flowers. He has many bulbs of Haemanthus and if Linnaeus is deprived of, Burman can send one. Burman would like to have a bulb of Cyanella. He has not yet found Vitaliano Donati’s Donati, Vitaliano (1713-1763).
Italian. Professor of natural history,
Turin. Travelled in the Balkans and in
the Orient. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Flora [presumably Della storia naturale marina dell’ AdriaticoDonati, Vitaliano Della
storia naturale marina dell’ Adriatico
saggio giuntavi una lettera del Signor
L. Sesler intorno ad un nuovo genere di
piante terrestri
(Venice 1750).

Burman and his son send their best regards to Linnaeus and his family wishing a happy end of the old year and all the best for the new.


a. (LS, II, 458-459). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 147-149   p.147  p.148  p.149.