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Link: • Nicolaas Laurens Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 26 February 1762 n.s.
Dated 26 Febr: 1762. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Nikolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has received a letter from Lars BrobergBroberg, Lars Swedish.
Gardener at the Uppsala University
Botanical Garden.
, employed by Linnaeus, where he asks Burman to engage him to work in his garden and to get Linnaeusís permission for him to go to Holland. Burman considers it best to submit his answer to Linnaeus. Eight or nine persons are already employed in his garden and that is more than what is required even in summer. Burman therefore suggests that Broberg goes to the splendid garden called Hortus Comitis de Wassenaer Zuijdwijk, situated between Leiden and The Hague. The Swedish gardener Swen Wittbeaum [Sven VittbomVittbom, Sven Swedish.
Gardener at Zuidwijk, close to Leiden.
] lives there, and almost all the Swedes coming to Holland for this reason visit him. If this pleases Linnaeus, Burman will do all he can to have Broberg engaged in the garden next year or as soon as he has learned the language.

Burman has learned from a letter that Carl Magnus BlomBlom, Carl Magnus (1737-1815).
Swedish. Studied in Uppsala under
Linnaeus 1755-1763. Provincial physician
in Dalecarlia. Correspondent of
has returned. For the moment he does not have time for the moment to reply to it but he asks Linnaeus to give Blom and Johan Peter FalckFalck, Johan Peter (1732-1774).
Swedish. Professor of botany and
curator of the botanical garden of St
Petersburg. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
his best regards.

Linnaeus will receive with the first ship seeds collected last year from Burmanís garden, many Indian and Cape seeds and all the siliquosa for Linnaeusís son [Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his fatherís lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeusís
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his

In the beginning of this month Burman started to work on his ĒFlora CapensisĒ [Burman refers to the work which was added to his Flora IndicaBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Flora Indica: cui accedit series
zoophytorum Indicorum, nec non prodromus
florae Capensis
(Leiden &
Amsterdam, 1768).
, published in 1768]. There are many unspecified plants. Burman asks if he should add all the synonyms that have appeared after Caspar BauhinBauhin, Caspar (1560-1624).
Swiss. Botanist and physician, Basle.
Bauhinís Prodromus and Pinax
theatri botanici
(1620, 1623, 1671)
were important works in the field of
botanical nomenclature.
. Burman will see to it that all new illustrations will be engraved, if they are not too many.

Burman will soon be appointed to be doctor of an orphanage [Burger Weeshuijs], and he will have much to do that he did not really want.


a. (LS, II, 507-508). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 227-228   p.227  p.228.