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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaas Laurens Burman, 12 April 1760 n.s.
Dated d. 12 aprilis 1760. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus has learned from Nicolaas Laurens BurmanísBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[father Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] that Burman will start his journey to Uppsala in the beginning of spring. Linnaeus is pleased to be able to do for the son what he cannot do for his father.

He will see to it that Burman will not suffer during his stay in Uppsala and that the journey will not be in vain. Burman must remember not to get cold during the voyage and to have warm clothes. He can travel by boat to Helsingborg and then get a horse to Uppsala that will cost 15 florins. He can also go by boat to Stockholm. The distance between Stockholm and Uppsala is the same as between Leiden and Amsterdam, a one-day trip that costs 5 florins. Then he can stay in Uppsala till September since there are no storms until the end of September, when the Colchicum flowers. He will take money with him for the Plumier books [Linnaeus refers to the work by 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
, 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).
, edited and published by Johannes Burman] that Linnaeus has sold and some dried plants for his father.

Linnaeus asks Burman to bring some rare dried Indian plants that they can study and that he can take back to his father. He hopes that Burman can bring some uncertain Cape plants, too.

Both lakes and rivers are still covered with ice but in ten days they expect the snow to disappear and the snowdrop to emerge. The wagtail will arrive, and the kestrel and the frog.

Linnaeus asks Burman to buy a copy of Carlo AllioniísAllioni, Carlo (1725-1804).
Italian. Professor of botany, Turin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Stirpium praecipuarum littoris et agri Nicaeensis enumeratio methodicaAllioni, Carlo Stirpium
praecipuarum littoris et agri Nicaeensis
enumeratio methodica; cum elencho
aliquot animalium ejusdem maris

(Paris 1757).
, if the booksellers in Holland have it.

Linnaeus sends his best regards to Burmanís father and wishes a pleasant journey.


a. original holograph (KVA, Linnť Burmannus, 0101-0104). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 45-46 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 205-206   p.205  p.206.