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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, December? 1762 n.s.
Dated . Sent from () 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 the letter of 23 October 1762Letter L3140 which arrived three days earlier with prints. He really longs to see the work on American plants [Linnaeus refers 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

Linnaeus will send Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
to Christian Friis RottböllRottböll, Christian Friis
(1727-1797). Danish. Botanist and
physician. Professor of medicine at
Copenhagen. Linnaeus’s student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and approves Jacquin’s renaming of Rhamnus after 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
– He thinks the Androsace is a new species. – Dodecatheongives very few seeds in Sweden, so he is not sure if he can send any. – Othonna integrifolia is exactly the same as he knows it, and he follows Jacquin’s advice.

Linnaeus makes a short discussion on the influence of climate on varieties and appearance of plants.

Some of the insects sent are determined, among them Papilo idus, P. betulae, P. hyale and P. paphia.

Linnaeus does not approve of Johan Frederik Gronovius’sGronovius, 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.
delay in forwarding the material sent. Now, there is little hope that anything will arrive before summer.

Linnaeus has one flowering plant from South America in his garden, a new one, which he will call Kuhnia after the man, Adam KuhnKuhn, Adam (1741-1817).
American. Physician, Philadelphia.
Studied under Linnaeus at Uppsala
University in 1762-1763. Linnaeus’s only
American student. Correspondent of
, who brought it. – He tries to persuade Jacquin to accept his view on the formation of new species and asks him to observe which trees will develop leaves first in spring; he will do the same, and their observations could be compared.

A list of the dissertations in Amoenitates academicaLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
, vol. 6, is given; the book is about to appear.

Linnaeus has a tree corresponding to Pluk. Phyt. 176 f.4 [Linnaeus refers to PhytographiaPlukenet, Leonard
Phytographia; sive Stirpium
illustriorum & minus cognitarum
icones, tabulis seneis summa diligentia
elaboratae, quarum unaquaeque titulis
descriptorijs ex notis suis propriis
& characteristicis desumptis,
insignita ab alijs ejusdem sortis facile
(London 1691-1696).
] and asks for its name. – Brief comments are given on Zygophyllus and Lichen saccatus. The Mandubian plant has not given seeds but flowered ant then died.



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


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 60-63   p.60  p.61  p.62  p.63.