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Link: • Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin to Carl Linnaeus, 5 January 1763 n.s.
Dated 5 Januarii 1763. Sent from Wien (Austria) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


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.
received, four days previously, Linnaeusís undated answer (December 1762)Letter L3169 to the letter of 23 October 1762Letter L3140. He thanks Linnaeus for the promise to send Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
, vol. 1, through Christian Friis RottböllRottböll, Christian Friis
(1727-1797). Danish. Botanist and
physician. Professor of medicine at
Copenhagen. Linnaeusís student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.

Jacquin is glad to report that the work on American plants (Jacquin 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
) is ready, and he will send it at once. However, he deeply regrets that mail communication is so poor between Vienna and Sweden. Something he had sent had been returned to him, and even the way through Rottböll seems uncertain. However, nothing more will be sent through Johan Frederik 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.
on account of the delays before forwarding it. So, anyway, it will have to be Rottböll for the immediate future, and the next set will contain Austrian insects and various other things.

Jacquin thanks Linnaeus for information on insects and gives some reports on the existence of some of them in Austria.

Among other botanical details, Jacquin mentions that a reference to Flora Svecica, 2nd editionLinnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica
: exhibens plantas per regnum Sveciae
crescentes, systematice cum differentiis
specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus
incolarum, solo locorum, usu
oeconomorum, officinalibus
2nd ed. (Stockholm
1755). Soulsby no. 409.
concerning a lichen, made by Linnaeus in a previous letter (December 1762)Letter L3169, did not tally with Jacquinís copy. Is there another edition? Jacquin wonders what the explanation might be.

Jacquin asks for details on Quassia and promises to pay great attention this year to the development of leaves and flowers in as many tree species as possible.

Jacquin wants some information on Aristolochia trilobata: he offers Linnaeus a twig without flowers and asks Linnaeus for a copy of an illustration from Andreas Sigismund MarggrafMarggraf, Andreas Sigismund
(1709-1782). German. Chemist, the first
to put the sugar of the sugar-beet to
industrial use.
, giving a picture of the flower.



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