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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 30 April 1762 n.s.
Dated 1762 d. 30 Aprilis. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Wien (Austria). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus expresses his thanks for the letter of 3 April 1762Letter L3062 full of interesting facts, as the letters from Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
usually are. Linnaeus is especially surprised at Cinnamomum verum, in no way inferior to the cinnamon from Ceylon.

Valeriana elongata was known to Linnaeus from Joachim BurserBurser, Joachim (1583-1639).
Danish. Professor of medicine and
botany, Sorö, 1625-1639.
and other authors, but he did not know if he could regard it as a species or just a variety.

A Mimosa nodosa was once available to Linnaeus in George Clifford’sClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeus’s benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
garden, but a dried specimen from that one does not agree with Jacquin’s print. Linnaeus had another specimen too, grown from Jacquin’s seeds, but that had not yet flowered.

The catalogue of the illustrations of American plants came too late, as the printing of the new edition of Species plantarum [Linnaeus refers to Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
] had already begun. However, Linnaeus reports that he will put in as many as possible.

One of the insects sent by Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is partly similar to Bactris dermestes, partly to Dermestis gleditsiae. It is a pest on peas in South America.

Linnaeus is sorry he has not seen any of Jacquin’s plants alive, and since the material sent through Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has not arrived, he does not dare to include them in his work. He will not make the same mistakes as Patrick BrowneBrowne, Patrick (1720-1790).
Irish. Botanist who made six voyages to
the West Indies. In 1756 he published
The Civil and natural history of
(1756). Correspondent of
and Christian Gottlieb LudwigLudwig, Christian Gottlieb
(1709-1773). German. Physician.
Professor of medicine in Leipzig. One of
Linnaeus’s early opponents.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. But on the whole, Linnaeus is very satisfied with the drawings he has got from Jacquin.

Linnaeus provides additional information on Mimosa in reply to Jacquin’s request and ends with a question on its stamens.

Linnaeus asks for pictures from Jacquin of five genera, which he still has a chance to include in his new edition of Species plantarum.



a. original holograph (UUB, G152g). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 52-54   p.52  p.53  p.54.