Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin,
28 January 1763 n.s.
L3189. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von JacquinNicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin
Linnaeus congratulates Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Linnaeus has not yet sent part 1 of Species plantarum to Copenhagen but will do so as soon as possible.
Linnaeus says that Jacquin has not understood his thinking on the development of new species. However, Linnaeus does not want to press the issue but mentions Jacquin’s Androsace as an example of what he means.
Linnaeus was very surprised to read what Jacquin had written concerning the old botanical author [Linnaeus means DioscoridesDioscorides, Pedanius (1st
Linnaeus urges Jacquin to stay away from the Alps. He should not expose Botany to such a risk!
A few more botanical details are treated, among them a question if there are two holes in the anthers of Aquartia.
Linnaeus stresses his great interest in seeing Jacquin’s work, since he needs to see Jacquin’s characters of American plants based on live specimens for a new edition of Genera plantarum [Linnaeus refers to Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
In an appendix, Linnaeus asks for the character texts of a number of species, since he does not dare to proceed without them in the work he is busy with just now. And he again reminds Jacquin that he must have the material by Easter, since he is forced to begin his work at the new edition of Genera [Linnaeus means Genera plantarum] by then.
Linnaeus gives a short description of Quassia and answers the question on Aristolochia. – The letter ends with his thanks to Jacquin for a very recent delivery of pictures.
1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 63-65 p.63 p.64 p.65.