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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaas Laurens Burman, 31 August 1762 n.s.
Dated 1762. d. ult. August.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.


About a month ago Linnaeus received the seeds sent by Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. They arrived so late that it seemed almost impossible to have any use of them this year. However, he sowed some and they began to germinate very well, thus proving that Burman had sent new ones. Linnaeus is very grateful.

The Heliophila flowered excellently this year, but only one siliqua ripened. Linnaeus could see with his own eyes that the plant could, and should, be a new genus. Thus he will add it to the new edition of Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
with Burmanís name. Linnaeus has also added Burmanís name to various species of Geranium.

The first part of the new edition of Species plantarum has been published.

Linnaeus wants to know if there is any news concerning Burmanís Flora [Linnaeus refers to the work about the Cape flora, that Burman was planning to publish, but which was added to Burmanís Flora IndicaBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Flora Indica: cui accedit series
zoophytorum Indicorum, nec non prodromus
florae Capensis
(Leiden &
Amsterdam, 1768).

Linnaeus sends his regards to Burmanís father [Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.

Linnaeus has learned that Johan Friedrich GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeusís benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is dead. He has not yet seen the new edition of Gronoviusís Flora Virginica, ed. L.T. Gronovius, neither Antoine GouanísGouan, 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
nor Louis GerardísGérard, Louis
(1733-1819). French. Botanist,
Cotignac, Provence. Correspondent of
books [Linnaeus refers to Antonii Goüan [...] Hortus regius MonspeliensisGouan, Antoine Antonii
Goüan [...] Hortus regius
Monspeliensis, sistens plantas tum
indigenas, tum exoticas No*0. MM. CC. ad
genera relatas [...] secundum sexualem
methodum digestas
(Lyon 1762).
and Flora Gallo-ProvincialisGérard, Louis Flora
gallo-provincialis, cum iconibus
(Paris 1761).
], but he has received Nicolaus Joseph von JaquinísJacquin, 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.
work [Linnaeus refers to 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

Linnaeus encloses seeds from Athemanta libanotis. They should be sowed in the open air and they will germinate easily.


a. original holograph (KVA, Linnť Burmannus, 0601-0603). [1] [2] [3]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 65-66 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 229-230   p.229  p.230.