Carl Linnaeus to Alexander Garden,
5 October 1761 n.s.
L2983. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Alexander GardenAlexander Garden (1730-1791).
Linnaeus thanks Alexander GardenGarden, Alexander (1730-1791).
Linnaeus lists a great number of Gardenís specimens, especially those new to him or those where Gardenís information adds considerably to Linnaeusís previous knowledge.
With reference to Catesby, Linnaeus asks specifically for a number of fish species and suggests that Garden sends those to Linnaeus. Linnaeus also asks a number of specific questions about those specimens that Linnaeus suspects could be amphibians.
Linnaeus also acknowledges receipt of the insects and suggests that Garden might find a boy who could start collecting insects, prepare them and send them. Linnaeus knows very little about North American insects, and Catesby has just published large, conspicuous day butterflies. The boy will find this a pleasant work when he has got used to it.
Linnaeus expects to receive many insects from the Cape of Good Hope region, and his pupil Pehr ForsskålForsskål, Peter
1. Caroli Linnaei eq. literas XInas ad Alex. Gardenium (1829), p. 4-8 .