Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin,
20 March 1761 n.s.
L2889. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von JacquinNicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin
Linnaeus expresses his thanks for the letter of 20 January 1761Letter L2855, which arrived the day before. Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Some varieties of Aloe are difficult to define. Do they belong to Hyacinthus, to Aloe or somewhere else?
On Juncus, Linnaeus reports some similarities with what he once saw and collected in Lapland but which he then could not examine very carefully.
He asks what Jacquin means by the note on Rhamnus polygamus in the previous letter.
Among other botanical notes, Linnaeus asks Jacquin not to forget to send seeds of Cherleria and to examine its flower carefully. He wonders about the habitat of Utricularia. He guesses that it comes from the European Alps. For the number of stamens in Portulaca triangularis which could decide the relation between the genders Portulaca and Anacampsertes Linnaeus wants to combine the two, but several others have asked him to treat them separately.
A list of 30 new genera is given, the characters of which Linnaeus is very eager to see in a new work by Jacquin. Linnaeus wants to have them in the main body of Systema naturae [the next published edition was Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
Linnaeus answers Jacquin’s offer of seeds of Hibiscus and other plants.
Linnaeus has heard that the Emperor Franz IFranz I, (1708-1765).
A short comment on the pigeons: a pity they do not brood. Linnaeus can not tell their names, since the descriptions are too brief.
Linnaeus reports on his days in order to defend his long delays in answering Jacquin: He has five hours of lectures each day in the morning, one of which is public, the others are given to private groups. Afterwards, he corrects proofs, makes new texts for the printer, writes letters, cultivates the garden and his farm, etc., so his days are very full. Jacquin would feel sorry if he saw Linnaeus, so busy is he with his large family and his many friends, students and visiting colleagues. – But Linnaeus will pay more attention to Jacquin’s material from now on.
1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 40-43 p.40 p.41 p.42 p.43.