-Search for letters
-Search in texts






Link: • Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin to Carl Linnaeus, 5 August 1763 n.s.
Dated 5. Augusti 1763. Sent from Wien (Austria) to (). 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.
sends Linnaeus the plate of Tribulus terrestris from the “Dioscorides manuscript”(Jacquin refers to the “Codex Vindobonensis“Dioscorides, Pedanius “Codex
Vindobonensis” (manuscript,
Nationalbibliothek, Vienna).
, and says he has 70 more ready, which he will send presently. He also encloses seeds of four species of Heraclei and some others. – A plate of Viola alpina should have been in the previous letter, but it was forgotten then; it is sent now instead, as also a plate of Aristolochia trilobata.

A young man from Hungary, Johann Jakob WernischekWernischek, Johann Jakob
(1743-1804). Austrian. Physician,
Vienna. Author of medical and botanical
, has published a work Systema plantarum (Jacquin refers to Genera plantarum cum characteribus suisWernischek, Johann Jakob
Genera Plantarum cum Characteribus
suis Essentiablibus et Naturalibus

(Vienna 1763).
), where the characters are taken from Linnaeus. Jacquin has talked to him and got the impression that he was not at all an able botanist.

Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is in Vienna but is about to leave for Idria. He will publish a new edition of Flora CarniolicaScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Flora Carniolica exhibens plantas
Carniolae indigenas et distributas in
classes naturales. Cum differentiis
specificis, synonymis recentiorum, locis
natalibus, nominibus incolarum,
observationibus selectis, viribus
(Vienna 1760).
), this year (the next edition came eight years later, Flora Carniolica, 2nd editionScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Flora Carniolica exhibens plantas
Carnioliae indigenas et distributas in
classes, genera, species, varietatis,
ordine Linnaeano
(1760), I-II, 2nd
edition (Vienna 1771-1772).
), and he has added Linnaeus’s trivial names, on Jacquin’s request.

Jacquin wonders if Linnaeus has got the material sent through Laurens Theodor GronoviusGronovius, Laurens Theodor
(1730-1777). Dutch. Naturalist. Senator
of Leiden. Son of Johan Frederik
Gronovius. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
a year before. Gronovius had sent it at once to Daniel BalguerieBalguerie, Daniel (1733-1788).
Swedish. Swedish agent in Amsterdam,
succeeded his father Pierre Balguerie.
in Amsterdam. – And has Christian Friis RottböllRottböll, Christian Friis
(1727-1797). Danish. Botanist and
physician. Professor of medicine at
Copenhagen. Linnaeus’s student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
forwarded his part?

Jacquin tells Linnaeus that he has accepted a position as professor of chemistry and metallurgy in Chemnitz in Hungary, which he will begin in October with a salary of 500 ducats per year. Since he is to build a study collection of minerals there, he asks Linnaeus for a contact with which he could start an exchange of mineral specimens and who could act as a pen-friend. He will continue his study of the flora and expects to find new and rare plants up there. – He asks Linnaeus to keep the former address until further notice.

The new edition of Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
is not yet for sale in Vienna.

Jacquin has a leaf of Coccoloba grandifolia reserved for Linnaeus. It is 2.5 feet in diameter and has grown on a plant in the imperial garden in Vienna; it is very well preserved.

Three small specimens are enclosed, and Jacquin asks for their names under the new Linnaean trivial naming method.



a. (LS, VII, 220). [1] [2]