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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2907 • Carl Linnaeus to Alexander Garden, 3 April 1761 n.s.
Dated 1761. d. 3 April. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.

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On that very day, Linnaeus had received a letter from London, from which he could conclude that the answer he had sent to Alexander GardenGarden, Alexander (1730-1791).
British/American. Doctor of medicine,
South Carolina. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
[to the letter of 2 January 1760Letter L2669] had not arrived.

Linnaeus repeats the contents of that answer and praises Garden’s fish specimens, the skins and the descriptions, and reports that they are included in the next edition of Systema naturae [the next edition was published in1766, Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
]. The names of the species are given in the letter, and Linnaeus asks Garden to continue in the same manner.

The suggested Ellisia is so similar to Swertia and Gentiana that Linnaeus does not dare to make it a new genus. – Also on the bush, Linnaeus is very uncertain. He has seen another specimen in a herbarium collected in Brazil.

Linnaeus has heard from Ellis that Garden has collected more fishes. He asks Garden to continue to send him those specimens, which he needs for the new edition of Systema naturae. There, they will do much credit to Garden. Also, Garden should not disregard the question on the reptiles.