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Link: • Nicolaas Laurens Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 6 April 1761 n.s.
Dated 6 Aprilis 1761. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.


Nikolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
supposes that Linnaeus has received the letter [Burman to Linnaeus, 28 February 1761Letter L2871] where he told him about his return. Now he sends a cake from Deventer to Linnaeusís wife [Sara Elisabet MoraeaMoraea, Sara Elisabet
(1716-1806). Swedish. Linnaeusís wife.
Daughter of Johan Moraeus and Elisabet
Hansdotter Moraea. Mother of Carl
Linnaeus the Younger and of Elisabeth
Christina, Louisa, Sara Christina and
Sophia Linnaea.
] and seeds of Wachendorfia.

Burman is busy arranging his fatherís [Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] herbarium according to Linnaeusís system.

Burman will send some Chinese hens before the summer, and, if white peacocks are sold, he could send them, too.

Burman has asked the inn called Blaauwe Jan [Jan BlauwBlauw, Jan Dutch. Merchant.
The first keeper of an inn in Amsterdam,
called Blaauwe Jan, where animals from
foreign countries and curiosities were
] if they could trade a blue parrot for two grouses, Tetraones. Burman will tell Linnaeus.

The spring in Holland is wonderful. Most of the trees have put out leaves, and the hyacinths and the other Haarlem flower and also the peaches and apricots are flowering a month earlier than other years. It is almost impossible for Burman to do a Calendarium Florae this year [apparently Linnaeus had suggested Burman to write a Dutch ĒtwinĒ to his own Calendarium florae eller Blomster-almanachLinnaeus, Carl Calendarium
florae eller Blomster-almanach [Ö] under
Carl Linnaei inseende utgifwit på
latin [...] och sedermera
förswänskat af Alexander Mal.
(Stockholm, [1756] 1757).
Soulsby no. 1906.
]. If he had his garden near by, as Linnaeus has, it would be easier.

Burman has sent the eighth fascicle to Lars SalviusSalvius, Lars (1706-1773).
Swedish. Printer, bookseller, publisher.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, a catalogue of some conchylia, one copy for Linnaeus, one for Samuel ZiervogelZiervogel, Samuel (1730-1793).
Swedish. Supervisor of Sätra Brunn.
and one for Charles de GeerDe Geer, Charles (1720-1778).
Swedish. Entomologist and natural
history collector, Leufsta Bruk. Member
of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
in Stockholm and Académie des
sciences, Paris. Corresponded with
Réaumur, Bonnet and other
naturalists. Husband of Catharina
Charlotta Ribbing and father of Emanuel
De Geer. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. He also sent a lot of seeds of melon. If it pleases Linnaeus, he can take what he wants.

Burman sends his best regards to Linnaeusís wife and his family. It would please Burman much to hear that they are well and how his little daughter [Sophia LinnaeaLinnaea, Sophia (1757-1830).
Swedish. Daughter of Carl Linnaeus and
Sara Elisabet Linnaea. Sister of Carl
Linnaeus the Younger and of Elisabeth
Christina, Louisa and Sara Christina
Linnaea. Wife of Samuel Christoffer
], Burmanís ďfiancéeĒ, is. He is sure that she remembers him. Burman would also be pleased to have a letter from Linnaeusís son [Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his fatherís lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeusís
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his

P.S. 1. Burman writes that he has received a letter from Anders BerchBerch, Anders (1711-1774).
Swedish. Professor of economics,
to which he has not been able to reply. He asks Linnaeus to tell Berch that he will do all that he can and send it to Berch, but it is impossible to do it so quickly.

P.S. 2. In December Burman received a letter from Carl Magnus BlomBlom, Carl Magnus (1737-1815).
Swedish. Studied in Uppsala under
Linnaeus 1755-1763. Provincial physician
in Dalecarlia. Correspondent of
travelling with a count [Anders HebbeHebbe, Anders (1734-1825).
Swedish. Foundry proprietor. Son of
Christian Hebbe.
] from Sweden. He had recently a letter from Copenhagen that said that 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.
had returned to Helsingör. He had been drifting for two months in contrary winds and the ship was wrecked by the storms.

P.S. 3. Burman asks Linnaeus not to send seeds until autumn. In his fatherís herbarium he has found some Lapland plants donated by Linnaeus in 1739 or 1740. Burman would be most grateful if Linnaeus has some more to send.

P.S. 4. Burman sends his best regards to Anders Berch and Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
in Stockholm.


a. (LS, II, 497-498). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 211-213   p.211  p.212  p.213.