Peter Collinson to Carl Linnaeus,
2 September 1762 n.s.
L3131. Peter CollinsonPeter Collinson (1694-1768). British.
Peter CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
At the following supper, a toast was drunk to Linnaeus and other Swedish friends.
Collinson and his son [Michael CollinsonCollinson, Michael (1729-1795).
Collinson is also disappointed that all his friends have received a copy of [the latest edition of] Systema naturae [Collinson refers to Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
Collinson thanks Linnaeus for his congratulation on the British conquest of Martinique, which gave them the true cinnamon tree. However, Collinson is afraid the island will be returned to Spain without securing the tree, for soldiers only think of slaughter and plunder.
Solander is very industrious in enriching himself and the country with all sorts of knowledge in natural history.
Summer in England is delightfully warm with all fruits in great plenty, and in addition, it seems that peace is coming, the best blessing of all.
Collinson wishes Linnaeus health of body and mind.
P.S. 1. Collinson is glad that the bulbous roots pleased Linnaeus. Collinson will send more species next year.
P.S. 2. Collinson’s large magnolia is flowering finely.