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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaas Laurens Burman, 6 November 1762 n.s.
Dated 1762 d. 6 Novembr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.


Today Linnaeus has received Nikolaas Laurens BurmanísBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
botanical letter [Burman to Linnaeus, 23 October 1762Letter L3139] and he is very grateful.

Linnaeus is looking forward to seeing the new Zinnia species next summer.

Linnaeus had hoped that Burman would have delineated the new species of Datura accurately.

He has learned that Engelbert JörlinJörlin, Engelbert
(1733-1810). Swedish. Botanist.
Linnaeusís student. Teacher at Lund
University. Travelled in Europe.
Linnaeusís intention to send him to Cape
was never realised. Correspondent of
was drowned on his way back to Sweden. He did not concern himself about this journey since Jörlin was not capable of it. Linnaeus expected only Cape insects.

Burman will have seeds of Geranium altheoides and Alström[er]ia. The Nitraria berries were picked by birds but it propagates easily by cuttings. Dodecatheon seldom has seeds and they hardly ever germinate, but he has a lot of plants.

Burmanís new Amaryllis species is very similar to Regina but not at all to Gloriosa.

Burmanís Anthericum is an Ixia scillaris.

The other one with many flowers is an Ixia crocata, but his Ixia with yellow corolla is unknown to Linnaeus.

Burmanís Geranium difforme is a very strange species.

Linnaeus will see to that Burman gets the new Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.

Linnaeus has received Carlo AllioniísAllioni, Carlo (1725-1804).
Italian. Professor of botany, Turin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Stirpes pedemont and Hist. taurinensem [Linnaeus means Caroli Allionii [... ] Rariorum Pedemontii stirpiumAllioni, Carlo Caroli
Allionii [... ] Rariorum Pedemontii
stirpium specimen primum
and ďSynopsis methodica stirpium horti TaurinensisĒAllioni, Carlo ďSynopsis
methodica stirpium horti TaurinensisĒ,
Mélanges de philosophie et de
mathématique de la
Société Royale de
(1760-1761), II, 48-76,
] as well as 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
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).

Linnaeus wants to trade his Species plantarum for Gerardís, Arduinoís and Hallerís books, which he does not possess.

Linnaeus will go to the bookseller the next day and ask for Burmanís fatherís [Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] books.

Linnaeus asks for a dried specimen of Zinnia so that he can insert it into his Systema with a reference to Burman [Linnaeus refers to his forthcoming edition of Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.

If Burman sends Jacob LíAdmiralísL´Admiral, Jacob
(1700-1770). Dutch. Engraver and
illustrator of plants and insects.
book [Naauwkeurige WaarneemingenL´Admiral, Jacob
Naauwkeurige Waarneemingen van Veele
Gestaltverwisselende Gekorvene
(Amsterdam, [1740]).
] for the Royal library to Peter MommaMomma, Peter Swedish. Printer
and publisher, Stockholm.
, Linnaeus will have it soon and he will be responsible for sending the money back.

Linnaeus has a new species of Eupatorium americanum flowering in his window.

Linnaeus would like Burman to read his dissertation Fundamentum fructificationisLinnaeus, Carl Fundamentum
, diss. resp. J. M.
Gråberg (Uppsala, 1762)- Soulsby
no. 2214.
that he published recently.

If Burmanís father has an utriculata Linnaeus asks Burman to send a spike in a letter. If it is different from Linneausís specimen he will send his in return.

Linnaeus sends his best regards to Burmanís father.


a. original holograph (KVA, Linnť Burmannus, 0701-0704). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 70-71 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 233-235   p.233  p.234  p.235.