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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 4 July 1762 n.s.
Dated 1762 d. 4 julii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Wien (Austria). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus thanks 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.
for prints [among them Enumeratio stirpium plerarumqueJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Enumeratio stirpium plerarumque,
quae sponte crescunt in agro
Vindebonensi, montibusque confinibus.
Accedunt observationum centuria et
appendix de paucis exoticis
] that had arrived on the previous day [26 May 1762Letter L3069]. He finds them very beautiful and interesting. However, the printing of Species plantarum [Linnaeus refers to Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
] had reached Umbellatae, why he often could not make use of the information received.

Linnaeus answers some of the question marks in Jacquin’s list of species in the previous letter and comments on some of the illustrations.

Linnaeus is eager to see Jacquin’s new work [Linnaeus refers presumably to Selectarum stirpium Americanarum historiaJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Selectarum stirpium Americanarum
historia, in qua ad Linnaeanum systema
determinatae descriptaeque sistuntur
plantae illae, quas in insulis
Martinica, Jamaica, Domingo, alliisque,
et in vicinae continentis parte,
observavit rariores; adjectis iconibus
in solo natali delineatis
], he has not seen Albrecht von Haller’sHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
emendations [Linnaeus refers to Enumeratio stirpium quae in Helvetia rarioresHaller, Albrecht von
Enumeratio stirpium quae in Helvetia
rariores proveniunt
[1760] ).
] or the new floras by Antoine GouanGouan, Antoine (1733-1821).
French. Botanist, Montpellier. Student
under Sauvages. Director of the
botanical garden in 1767, later
professor of botany and medicine.
Although an admirer of Linnaeus he tried
to develop a hybrid of his system of
classification. Correspondent of
and Louis GerardGérard, Louis
(1733-1819). French. Botanist,
Cotignac, Provence. Correspondent of
[Linnaeus refers to Flora MonspeliacaGouan, Antoine Flora
Monspeliaca, sistens plantas no. 1850 ad
sua genera relatas, et hybrida methodo
digestas. Adjectis, nominibus
specificis, trivialibusque, synonymis
selectis, habitationibus plurium in agro
Monspeliensi nuper detectarum, et earum
quae in usus medicos veniunt nominibus
pharmaceuticis, virtutibusque
(Lyon 1765).
and Flora gallo-provincialisGérard, Louis Flora
gallo-provincialis, cum iconibus
(Paris 1761).

Linnaeus promises to send seeds of a new Mesembryanthemum, just received from the Cape of Good Hope region, and of Alstroemia; a delineation of the latter is enclosed, produced for a recent dissertation [Linnaeus refers to Planta AlströmeriaLinnaeus, Carl Planta
, diss., resp. J.
P. Falck (Uppsala [1762])
]. – He also reports on a forthcoming publication of plates of plants in folio, produced by his 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 father’s lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeus’s
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
[Linnaeus refers to Decas prima [et secunda] plantarum rariorum horti UpsaliensisLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
Decas prima [et secunda] plantarum
rariorum horti Upsaliensis sistens
descriptiones & figuras plantarum
minus cognitarum

Linnaeus just received ten additional prints from Jacquin, among them Jacquin’s Heisteria.

At the same time, Linnaeus received from another source four books, the titles of which are given.



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


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 56-58   p.56  p.57  p.58.