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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2959 • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman, 10 September 1761 n.s.
Dated 1761. d. 10 Septembr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Viro amplissimo,
D[omino] D[octori] JO[HANNI] BURMANNO,
Professori Amsteledamensi,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus,
Equ[es].

Ante biduum accessit iterum novum tuae liberalitatis in me documentum et donum, scilicet haleces et Gallinae. Haleces ob moram in navi nonnihil acescebant. Gallina una perierat in navi, una quamprimum accessit, una aegrotat, sed laetor, quod Gallus et una Gallina valeant, licet valde macres. Omnem adhibebo operam, ut vivant. Fuere mihi gratissimae et desideratissimae. Pro omnibus et singulis maximas Tibi refero gratias.

Fac, ut sciam, num iterum duxisti uxorem et quando; qui valeas? caetera.

Filius tuus [petiit] Geranii althaeoidis Semina; mitto heic prima quae maturuere et quidem heri.

Cum totidem ad me misisti bulbos pulcherrimorum florum, ego remittam ad Te Plantam liliaceam floribus certe pulcherrimam. Semina hisce diebus mihi maturuere e primo flore, quod obtinui. Plantam dico Alströmiam a D[omino] Alstroemio, qui in Europa vidit primum florem et praeterito anno semina misit. Radix evadit tuberosa. Caulis refert caulem lilii, sed vix pedalis evadit; omnia folia sunt resupinata, ut pagina inferior sursum vergat. Flores figura referunt Hemerocallidem sed ex albo luteo et purpureo pulchre variegata. Crederem hanc apud vos sub dio posse ger¬minare; posses tamen eam servare primo anno in olla. Retineas hanc Tibi, nec des alteri semina, ut habeas plantam, quam alii non habent. Semina omnium recentissima et optima, ut, si non germinent, Tu ipse in culpa eris.

Bromus distachyos annuum gramen, culmo spicis duabus erectis.

Crepis dioscoridis, quam nunquam vidi antequam hoc anno, eandem copiose habui, quamvis Europaea annua planta.

Servet Te Deus diutissime incolumem!

Upsal[iae] 1761 d[ie] 10 septembr[is].

Viro Clarissimo
D[omino] D[octori] Joh[anni] Burmanno
Professori Botanico
Amsterdam

upSUMMARY

Two days ago Linnaeus received a new proof of Johannes Burman’sBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
generosity, i.e. roe and hens. The sojourn on board the ship had soured the roe a little, and one hen had died on the ship, another when they arrived. One is ill, but the cock and one hen are well though very thin. Linnaeus is very grateful.

Linnaeus wants to know if and when Burman has remarried and how he feels.

Linnaeus sends the seeds of Geranium that Burman’s son Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeus’s pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had asked for. They are the first that ripened.

Linnaeus sends a very beautiful lily-like plant. He calls it Alströmia after Clas AlströmerAlströmer, Clas
(1736-1794). Swedish. Baron,
industrialist. Sent plants and specimens
to Linnaeus from his travels abroad.
Bought Linnaeus’s “little herbarium”,
now in the Natural History Museum in
Stockholm. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of August, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
Linnaeus
who saw it flower for the first time in Europe and sent seeds home last year. Linnaeus describes the plant. The shape of the flower resembles Hemerocallis. Linnaeus thinks that it can grow in the open in Holland but he advises Burman to put it in a pot at first. He should keep it himself and not give seeds away. In this way he will have a plant that no one else possesses. The seeds are very new and good, and if they do not germinate it is Burman’s own fault.

Bromus distachyos is a perennial grass. The culm has two erect spikes.

Linnaeus had not seen a Crepis dioscoridis earlier, but this year he has a lot of it.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnés arkiv, 1901-1904). [1] [2] [3] [4]

upEDITIONS

1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 62-63 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 169-170   p.169  p.170.