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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 2 September 1760 n.s.
Dated 1760 d. 2 Septembr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Wien (Austria). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus thanks 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.
for the letter of 7 August 1760Letter L2779.

Linnaeus asks again for Giovanni Antonio Scopoli’sScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
flora [Linnaeus refers to Flora CarniolicaScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Flora Carniolica exhibens plantas
Carniolae indigenas et distributas in
classes naturales. Cum differentiis
specificis, synonymis recentiorum, locis
natalibus, nominibus incolarum,
observationibus selectis, viribus
(Vienna 1760).
] and wonders at the fact that the Swedish ambassador has not had the opportunity to transmit it to him in Sweden.

Linnaeus is satisfied with the results on Bombax and reports that the seeds of Cherleriawere not viable.

Linnaeus is disappointed that Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has not yet sent him Jacquin’s work [Linnaeus refers to Enumeratio systematica plantarumJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Enumeratio systematica
plantarum, quas in insulis Caribaeis
vicinaque Americes continente detexit
novas, aut jam cognitas emendavit

(Leiden 1760).
]. He can hardly stand waiting for it any longer.

After several brief notes on various plants, Linnaeus reports that Petiveria has started to flower from the seeds received from Jacquin but that in general rather few of the other seeds had produced plants.

Linnaeus encloses a twig from a plant grown from one of Jacquin’s seeds, and he wants to know its name. He also describes a specimen from Eustathius [Saint Eustatius, West Indies] and from Java, similar to Swietenia but not quite the same, and ends up by asking for the name.

Among other notes: The information supplied on birds was very welcome A louse had infected gardens in Upland very badly this summer. Linnaeus had spent two months with materials from the Cape of Good Hope, i.e. studied a herbarium from that region. Linnaeus again asks for a copy of Jacquin’s work. The herbarium from the island Eustathius had arrived. Pehr ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeus’s student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, the designated professor in Copenhagen, is leaving within a fortnight for Arabia.

In a postscript, Linnaeus asks for the author of a treatise on military sicknesses [the treatise is Kurze Beschreibung und Heilungsart der KrankheitenSwieten, Gerhard van Kurze
Beschreibung und Heilungsart der
Krankheiten, welche am öftesten in
dem Feldlager beobachtet werden, samt
beygefügten Recepten, welche vor
die Königl. Französtsche Armee
vorgeschrieben werden
by Gerhard van SwietenSwieten, Gerhard van
(1700-1772). Dutch. Pupil of Boerhaave.
Called by Maria Theresa to Vienna, where
he organised the public health system.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], and has a question on Cicuta.



a. original holograph (UUB, G152g). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 35-37   p.35  p.36  p.37.