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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaas Laurens Burman, 12 December 1760 n.s.
Dated 1760 d. 12 Decembr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Hamburg (Germany). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus is pleased to see from the letter dated 26 November 1760Letter L2812 that Nikolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeus’s pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has safely arrived in Copenhagen, especially as he recently received a letter from Johan Peter FalckFalck, Johan Peter (1732-1774).
Swedish. Professor of botany and
curator of the botanical garden of St
Petersburg. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] who asked where Burman was.

Burman’s missing letter [see the letter from 26 NovemberLetter L2812 had been taken care of by someone commissioned by Peter MommaMomma, Peter Swedish. Printer
and publisher, Stockholm.
, and will undoubtedly arrive one of these days.

Recently a plant grew from seeds, perhaps one of the first of this specimen in Europe. Fewill [Louis Econches FeuilléeFeuillée, Louis Econches
(1660-1732). French. Clergyman,
explorer, astronomer and botanist.
] calls it Hemerocallis Pelegrina in his ”peruv” [Linnaeus refers to Journal des observations physiquesFeuillée, Louis Econches
Journal des observations physiques,
mathématiques et botaniques,
faites par l’ordre du Roy sur
côtes orientales de l’Amerique
Méridionale, & dans les Indes
Occidentales, depuis l’année
1707, jusques en 1712
, I-III (Paris

Linnaeus never gave a thought to what Burman mentioned in his letter [this letter has not come down to us]. He never misconstrues a friend’s words.

Linnaeus has been very busy this autumn. He hopes to be able to examine 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
(Amsterdam, 1737).
Soulsby no. 279.
[Linnaeus refers to plans to publish a second edition of this work, but that was never done] during the holidays so that he can send it with the first possible ship.

Linnaeus remembers that Burman requested to be made a member of the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
]. Nothing could be more important than to try to comply with his wishes.

Linnaeus hopes that Burman soon will come safely home to his father.

Linnaeus possesses Regenfucii [Franz Michael Regenfuss’sRegenfuss, Franz Michael
(1713-1780). German. Engraver and
art-dealer. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] work [Linnaeus 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
(Copenhagen 1758).
] but only with Christian Gottlieb Kratzenstein’sKratzenstein, Christian Gottlieb
(1723-1795). Danish. Physician and
physicist. Professor in Halle, from 1754
professor of experimental physics at
Copenhagen. Correspondent of Linnaeus.

Linnaeus is grateful for the conchylia that Sprengler [Lorenz SpenglerSpengler, Lorenz (1720-1807).
Swiss. Swiss-born zoologist, who moved
to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1743.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] promised to send.


a. original holograph (KVA, Linné Burmannus, 0201-0203). [1] [2] [3]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 48-49 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 208-209   p.208  p.209.