Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaas Laurens Burman,
12 April 1760 n.s.
L2713. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Nicolaas Laurens BurmanNicolaas Laurens Burman (1734-1793).
Linnaeus has learned from Nicolaas Laurens BurmanísBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
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).
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).
Linnaeus sends his best regards to Burmanís father and wishes a pleasant journey.