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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Alexander Garden, 5 October 1761 n.s.
Dated 5 Oct. 1761.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus thanks Alexander GardenGarden, Alexander (1730-1791).
British/American. Doctor of medicine,
South Carolina. Correspondent of
for the letter [Garden to Linnaeus, 12 April 1761Letter L2902] and the precious material that had reached him three days previously, and he is very grateful and impressed by Gardenís work. Garden will find that he is cited very often in the new edition of Systema naturae [Linnaeus refers to the forthcoming twelfth edition, Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
], and the defects of Mark CatesbyCatesby, Mark (1682-1749).
British. Naturalist and artist. Best
known for his illustrated work The
Natural history of Carolina, Florida and
the Bahama islands
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
are very evident. Linnaeus can well imagine what labours and how many nightsí sleep that material had cost Garden.

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
(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.
is an expert in insects. Linnaeus himself has published 2,000 insects in his Fauna Svecica, 2nd editionLinnaeus, Carl Fauna Svecica
sistens animalia Sveciae regni:
quadrupedia, aves, amphibia, pisces,
insecta, vermes, distributa per classes
& ordines, genera & species. Cum
differentiis specierum, synonymis
autorum, nominibus incolarum, locis
habitationum, descriptionibus
insectorum, 2nd edition
1761). Soulsby no. 1153.