When Nikolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus. left Uppsala he noticed how concerned Linnaeus was about his journey. Therefore Burman now wants to report that he left Stockholm on 3 November by a coach whose owner lived in Copenhagen. He came across it through the printer Peter MommaMomma, Peter Swedish. Printer
and publisher, Stockholm. .
The next day at an inn in Kolmården he met a professor who was unknown to him, Erik Gustaf LidbeckLidbeck, Erik Gustaf
(1724-1803). Swedish. Professor of
natural history and economy at Lund.
Studied under Linnaeus. Accompanied
Linnaeus as secretary on his
Västgöta journey in 1746.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. , on his way to Stockholm, and two officials, who Lidbeck knew, travelling to Karlskrona. Burman travelled in their company for four days, then he was alone or with other travellers. Since they mostly had a good command of German, they understood Burman better than he could imagine. He travelled, not like his earlier plans, through Eksjö, Växjö, Lund and Malmö, where he had to stay for four days due to unfavourable winds. Then, with his life in danger, he arrived in Copenhagen after a stormy crossing.
Burman asks Linnaeus to forward a letter from his father [Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. ], which probably arrived in Uppsala after he had left. Linnaeus can send it to the merchants Willing and Elking[Willing & ElkingWilling & Elking, German.
Trading house, Hamburg. ] in Hamburg where Burman will stay. It is important since enclosed in this letter is another letter from a friend to which Burman should reply. Burman will pay Linnaeus as soon as possible.
Burman is surprised by what Linnaeus wrote about the conchylia and the insects in his last letter [this letter has not come down to us]. Burman cannot see any explanation and Linnaeus must have misunderstood Burmanís letter. It might have looked as if Burman was displeased when he left Linnaeus, but that was not what he meant. He will always remember with gratitude what Linnaeus has done for him.
Burman has seen some very beautiful collections of conchylia in Copenhagen. He would have liked to stay longer, but because of the time of the year when the sea will freeze and his fatherís pleas he does not dare to do so. His father expects him to bring seeds and the Flora LapponicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Lapponica exhibens plantas per Lapponiam
crescentes, secundum systema sexuale
collectas in itinere [...] Additis
synonymis, & locis natalibus omnium,
descriptionibus & figuris rariorum,
viribus medicatis & oeconomicis
plurimarum (Amsterdam, 1737).
Soulsby no. 279. . Burman asks Linnaeus, if he has time, to send it by the spring.
Burman will continue the rest of his journey by a closed carriage together with some other person, travelling post-haste.
Burman supposes that Linnaeus knows that RegenFuschii [Franz Michael RegenfussísRegenfuss, Franz Michael
(1713-1780). German. Engraver and
art-dealer. Correspondent of Linnaeus. ] work has been published [Burman refers to the Choix de coquillages et de crustacésRegenfuss, Franz Michael
Choix de coquillages et de
crustacés peints d'après
nature, gravés, en taille douce
et illuminés de leurs vraïes
couleurs (Copenhagen 1758). ]. It is very expensive but Burman intends to buy a copy and take it to Holland.
P.S.1. Burman tells Linnaeus that Sprengler [Lorenz SpenglerSpengler, Lorenz (1720-1807).
Swiss. Swiss-born zoologist, who moved
to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1743.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. ] has promised to send some conchylia missing from Systema Naturae by the spring [Burman refers to the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58. ].
P.S.2. Peter ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeusís student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. and Valk [Johan Peter FalckFalck, Johan Peter (1732-1774).
Swedish. Professor of botany and
curator of the botanical garden of St
Petersburg. Correspondent of Linnaeus. ] send their best regards. They will stay in Copenhagen for one or two weeks, but Burman leaves next week, on Tuesday or Wednesday.