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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 25 February 1760 n.s.
Dated 25 Febr. MDCCLX. Sent from () to (). 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 Linnaeusís two letters [1 January 1760Letter L2670 and 1 February 1760Letter L2689] that he received in time, and for the work Linnaeus has put in on Charles PlumierísPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
illustrations. This work is now finished and almost all of it is in print [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).

Burman will send the last part when an opportunity occurs. In the preface Linnaeus is properly praised.

Burman supposes that Linnaeus wrote his last letter in great haste because he did not answer to everything that Burman had mentioned.

Burman wants to know which month will be suitable for his son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] to come to Uppsala so that he can attend the summer courses. He would like to stay at some pharmacistís house thereby being able to study pharmacy in his spare time. Burman will give him a Swedish travelling companion. The son has begun to study Swedish to be able to talk to the Swedes but he is of course very grateful for Linnaeusís offer to teach in Latin.

Burman hopes that Linnaeus at last will receive the missing box sent last autumn. He has heard from Daniel BalguerieBalguerie, Daniel (1733-1788).
Swedish. Swedish agent in Amsterdam,
succeeded his father Pierre Balguerie.
that the ship had to stay in another harbour because of the very early ice. The ship carried a lot of bulbs of great value and different exquisite wines for the King [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] and Queen [Lovisa UlrikaLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
]. Burman hopes that the bulbs have not become rotten, as happened to the Ferraria he sent earlier. He now sends a new one but he was surprised that it did not flower last summer.

Burman wonders if Linnaeus has read his description of Ferraria to the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
]. He cannot understand why it is not mentioned in the new edition of Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.

The companion mentioned has translated Joachim von DubenísDuben, Joachim von . letter.

The bulb Linnaeus writes about is probably an orchis species.


a. (LS, II, 462-463). [1] [2] [3]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 41-42 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 153-154   p.153  p.154.