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Link: • 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.


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
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.


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


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