David de GorterGorter, David de (1707 or
1717-1783). Dutch. Botanist and
physician. Succeeded his father Johannes
de Gorter as physician-in-ordinary to
the Empress Elizabeth of Russia. Son of
Susanna de Gorter, brother of Herman
Boerhaave de Gorter. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. has received Linnaeus’s letter dated 14 October [1760; this letter has not come down to us]. He is surprised that Linnaeus has not received his letter dated 16 September [Gorter to Linnaeus, 16 September 1760Letter L2790], when he also sent Joseph Adam Braun’sBraun, Joseph Adam
(1712?-1768). . Professor of physics at
the Imperial Academy of Sciences of St
Petersburg. dissertation [Gorter refers to De admirando frigore artificiali quo mercurius est congelatus dissertatio in conventu publico Academiae Scientiarum celebrationi diei anniversariiBraun, Joseph Adam De
admirando frigore artificiali quo
mercurius est congelatus dissertatio in
conventu publico Academiae Scientiarum
celebrationi diei anniversarii : nomini
Elisabetae Augustae toti Russiae
feliciter imperantis sacri dicato
(St Petersburg 1760).
; republished with a supplement and additions in 1767, "Dissertatio continens partim additamenta nova et supplementa ad dissertationem de congelatione mercurii sive hydragyri"Braun, Joseph Adam
"Dissertatio continens partim
additamenta nova et supplementa ad
dissertationem de congelatione mercurii
sive hydragyri, partim in alia copora
frigoris artificialis insignioris novos
effectus", Novi Commentarii,
XI, ( , 1767), 302-319. ].
In St Petersburg, Jacob Theodor Klein’sKlein, Jacob Theodor
(1685-1759). German. Naturalist,
Dresden and Danzig. Director of the
Danziger Naturforscher-Gesellschaft. One
of Linnaeus’s opponents. Correspondent
of Linnaeus. ”Lucubratio subterranea de terris et mineralibus” [Gorter refers to Lucubratiuncula subterranea prior de lapidibus macrocosmi proprietalibusKlein, Jacob Theodor
Lucubratiuncula subterranea prior de
lapidibus macrocosmi proprietalibus
(St Petersburg 1757). ] has been published and other works on marine plants.
Soon there will be somebody travelling from Stockholm to St Petersburg [presumably the commissary DelphinDelphin, Swedish. Swedish
Consul, St. Petersburg. , see below]. Gorter therefore entreats Linnaeus to send all the dissertations that have appeared that year and also his AmbrosiacaLinnaeus, Carl
Ambrosiaca, diss., resp. J.
Hideen (Uppsala 1759). Soulsby no. 2045. and Dissertatio de cortice PeruvianoLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio de
cortice Peruviano, diss., resp. J.
C. Petersen von Heidenstam (Uppsala,
1758). Soulsby no. 1991. .
Gorter has written on a separate sheet of paper[fol. 129-130] what he considers should be emendated in Linnaeus’s Flora BelgicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Belgica, diss., resp. Christian Fr.
Rosenthal (Uppsala, ). Soulsby no.
2130. ; the Vitalba of Harderwijk is, for example, discussed. Willem Hendrik van Rouwenoort’sRouwenoort, Willem Hendrik van
(1705-1782). Dutch. Baron, at the
estate Ulenpas in Holthuysen. garden at his estate Ulenpas near Doesburg is flourishing. It is quoted innumerous times by Gorter.
P.S. There is a note in Swedish [the handwriting is Mauritz Posse’sPosse, Mauritz (1712-1787).
Swedish. Baron. Swedish envoy at the
Russian court. Governor of the province
of Älvsborg. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. Correspondent of Linnaeus. ] proposing that the commissary Delphin, who is now in Stockholm, but will soon go back to St Petersburg, could be asked for in this case. The request could be made to the Swedish Government Offices [Kungliga KanslikollegiumKungliga Kanslikollegium,
Swedish. The Swedish Government Offices.
On fols. 129-130 there are two lists of plants, one [fol. 129] concerning Flora Belgica, the other [fol. 130] Hortus Medicus Amstelodamensis.