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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman, 1 February 1760 n.s.
Dated 1760 d. 1 februar.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.


The letter begins with Linnaeus’s commentaries on Charles Plumier’sPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical

Linnaeus congratulates Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and the whole world on the finished work [Linnaeus refers to Burman’s 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).
]. He will be remembered for ever and acquire great honour.

Linnaeus wrote to Burman on 1 January 1760Letter L2670and he must have received the letter a short time after he wrote the letter dated 15 January 1760Letter L2662.

Linnaeus wrote to Joachim von DübenDuben, Joachim von . , the addressee of Burman’s lost box. This man has recently been appointed to a high office to the king and could not answer immediately. He answered, however, and Linnaeus encloses his letter where Burman can see that the ship has not arrived. This loss cannot be repaired and Linnaeus will grieve for it as long as he lives.

One of the Cape bulbs recently started to protrude a spike similar to a hyacinth; but the leaves, however, resemble those of lilies but covered with green wart-like outgrows. Linnaeus really hopes to see its flowers because he has hardly ever seen anything similar.

Linnaeus asks Burman to let Grill [presumably Anthoni GrillGrill, Anthoni (1705-1783).
Swedish. Merchant in Amsterdam. Brother
of Claes Grill and Johan Abraham Grill.
] or someone else translate Düben’s letter.


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 39-41 .
2. “En souvenir du jour de naissance de C. Linné” (1907), p. 317-318 .
3. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 151-153   p.151  p.152  p.153.