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Link: • Job Baster to Carl Linnaeus, 1 September 1763? n.s.
Dated Calendis Septembris. Sent from Zierikzee (Netherlands) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Job BasterBaster, Job (1711-1775).
Dutch. Naturalist, doctor of medicine,
Leiden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for the letter dated 3 January 1763 [this letter has not come down to us] and is especially pleased that Linnaeus had liked his efforts. He will study the Salicornia in October, when it flowers, and then he will be able to count its stamens and make the other observations that Linnaeus had asked for in the fifth and sixth fascicles of his Opuscula subsecivaBaster, Job Opuscula
subseciva, observationes miscellaneas de
animalculis et plantis quibusdam
marinis, eorumque ovariis et seminibus
, 2 vol. (Haarlem,
[these were published in 1765].

Baster briefly describes the contents in these fascicles. They will be mainly on marine animals and plants. Erik PontoppidanPontoppidan, Erik (1698-1764).
Danish. Author, bishop at Bergen,
historian and antiquary, vice-chancellor
at the university of Copenhagen.
has sent him two of these specimens.

Baster wonders if he may devote the sixth small work to Linnaeus, as a token of his gratitude [the sixth fascicle has a dedication to Linnaeus].

Baster has sent a live herbarium of Javanese plants and a volume of dissertations from the Dutch society by a ship, named De Hoop, the Captains name is Casper BlasterBlaster, Casper Dutch. Captain
on the ship De Hoop.
. Baster also mentions Johan SchildtSchildtJ, Johan (1704-1765).
Swedish. Stamp-master at the customs
warehouse in Stockholm.
, the contact in Stockholm, whom he has asked to forward it to Linnaeus.

Baster has a lot of goldfish in his ponds, and they have withstood the winter cold. Baster will be glad to send some to Linnaeus if he can find some means to send them quickly and safely.


a. (LS, I, 468-469). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 246-247   p.246  p.247.