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Link: • Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin to Carl Linnaeus, 26 October 1763 n.s.
Dated 26 Octobris 1763. Sent from Banska-stiavnica (Slovenia) 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.
thanks Linnaeus for an undated letter (September 1763)Letter L1234 received some time ago. He is pleased to have received the information on various species and asks Linnaeus to start working on the material he has at last managed to receive from Jacquin through Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, 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.

Jacquin comments on Cherleria and identifies the plant similar to that as Nissolia fruticosa. He asks for seeds of Fagonia and promises seeds of Hyoscamnus belladonna. – Is there a mineralogist with whom Jacquin can communicate?

Jacquin asks for Linnaeus’s opinion on a species of lichen that is very common around Chemnitz. He describes it carefully and asks Linnaeus for its name.

Jacquin’s herbarium is still unavailable in the packages, so he can not answer Linnaeus’s questions. On the other hand, Linnaeus has not answered Jacquin’s question on some Sicilian plants named by Silvio-Paolo BocconeBoccone, Silvio-Paolo
(1633-1704). Italian. Botanist at the
court of Ferdinand II of Tuscany,
professor of botany at Padua.
, of which he had given a brief description in an earlier letter.

Jacquin intends to visit the Carpathian Alps next summer. Those mountains have not previously been explored by botanists. Somebody had brought from there a Ledum palustre, which the inhabitants use as a very strong remedy against inflammatory diseases. – He encloses some specimens of mosses.

Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has become professor of metallurgical chemistry in Idria with a salary of 500 German florins.- Jacquin himself gets, in addition to the salary of 500 gold ducats, also an elegant house, a garden, fodder for four horses, firewood, and all expenses for the laboratory and experiments. He has also an important position in the local council. A grant from the Emperor, Franz IFranz I, (1708-1765).
Austrian. Reigned from 1745-1765.
, for his American journey comes in addition to that, as well as his wife’s dowry – he had recently married – so he thinks he can have quite a comfortable life.

In an appendix, Jacquin makes a small adjustment of the information on Coronilla montana that should be identical to what Linnaeus calls Coronilla coronata.



a. (LS, VII, 222-223). [1] [2] [3]