Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. is very pleased to see from Linnaeusís letter [this letter has not come down to us] that his son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus. ] has arrived safely and particularly that he pleases Linnaeus who likes his personality and his upright mind. Linnaeus seems to be prepared to do everything to promote his studies and Burman will be grateful for the rest of his life hoping sometime to be able to do something similar for Linnaeusís son [Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his fatherís lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeusís
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
] in return.
Burman is pleased to see that Linnaeus has received the American plants [Burman refers to his editing of 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.
Burmannus (Amsterdam 1755-1760). ] and the Cape bulbs at last. He regrets that a lot of them have died of cold but he will try to compensate Linnaeus some time.
The flower Burman inserted in his last letter is a new species of Antholyza. Its leaves agreed with the Gladiolus, which, deluded Burman before it flowered. Johann Christian CunoCuno, Johann Christian
(1708-1790). German. Poet, botanist and
merchant. He made a fortune in the West
Indies and settled in Holland where he
kept a botanical garden. The later years
of his life were spent in Weingarten,
near Durlach in Germany. Correspondent
of Linnaeus. made a drawing of it that Burman will send together with the bulbs as soon as possible. He will also send duplicate or uncertain Javanese plants, a Cape herbarium that he received last year, and another from India, if it arrives in time.
Burman is grateful for the seeds and he has already sown them.
The spring has been very cold but fruitful and all the trees have flowers and fruits in abundance. Rowan, barberry and similar kinds now have fruits. Burman has had cabbage, beans, carrots, cucumbers, melons and strawberries flowering under glass for a long time, and recently even mature grapes. The hay is made but of course the climate where Burman lives is very different from that in Linnaeusís country. The summer started this month intensely, with numerous thunderstorms yesterday. Burman regrets that his son not yet has learned Swedish so that he can converse with Linnaeusís family.
Burman will inquire about George CliffordísClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeusís benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. death and then tell Linnaeus. Burman feels fine spending his spare time at his estate enjoying Joseph Pitton de TournefourtísTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris. oriental plants, once given to him by an old botanist. Those in duplicate he will send to Linnaeus. The very rare Limonum fruticosum is superior to all the others, and he has put aside one for Linnaeus.
Burman asks Linnaeus to forward the enclosed letter to his son.