Linnaeus had received a letter (written in April 1760)Letter L5434 from Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus. on the previous day, full of seeds, and containing good and solid observations.
Jacquin and Linnaeus have discussed the proper attribution of Bombax that sometimes seemed to be a polyandria, to others a pentandria. Jacquin had let Linnaeus understand that it seemed as if Linnaeus did not believe in what Jacquin had told him, but Linnaeus refutes that allegation.
Pehr LöflingLöfling, Pehr (1729-1756).
Swedish. Botanist and explorer. Studied
under Linnaeus. Went to Spain in 1751
and took part in the Spanish expedition
to Venezuela in 1754, where he died.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. had combined Bontia and Avicennia, and Linnaeus had followed that without having seen it himself.
Linnaeus wants to see a full description of Swietenia before publishing part 3 of the new edition of Systema naturae [the next published edition was the 12th, Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62. ]. But the bookseller is pressing Linnaeus to publish, since the old edition is sold out. The new birds described by Jacquin will be in there, with due credit made to Jacquin and not to Linnaeus.
Linnaeus is surprised that the Austrian flora was not richer; he has discovered omissions in Wilhelm Heinrich KramerísKramer, Wilhelm Heinrich
(?-1765). German. German-born Austrian
botanist and physician. Military surgeon
at Bruck a. Leitha. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. work [Linnaeus refers to Elenchus vegetabilium et animalium per Austriam inferiorem observatorumKramer, Wilhelm Heinrich
Elenchus vegetabilium et animalium
per Austriam inferiorem observatorum
(Vienna and Prague 1756). ]. Dozens of notes follow on plants and animals.
Jacquin has asked for seeds of Linnaea. Linnaeus says that this species never grows in a garden and that also plants with roots are impossible to keep in pots. They must grow in forests, with spruces.
Linnaeus tells Jacquin that Count Carl Gustaf TessinTessin, Carl Gustaf
(1695-1770). Swedish. Count, important
politician and patron of science and
art. He supported Swedish artists and
scientists and collected art, books and
natural history objects. He assisted
Linnaeusís career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. has had a medal cast for Linnaeus, with his portrait on one side and symbols of the three realms of nature on the other. Only about eight copies have been cast so far, but Linnaeus promises Jacquin a copy when more have been produced.