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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 4 January 1764 n.s.
Dated 4 Januarii 1764. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus expresses thanks for a letter of 26 October 1763Letter L3306, just received, and congratulates 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.
on his new position, his good circumstances and his wife. He wishes him a long and pleasant life in that condition.

Linnaeus does not have the Sicilian plants Jacquin had asked about. He is very disturbed to hear that Jacquin has not received the list he sent him, which contained the answers to many of Jacquin’s questions for names. – The specimens sent by Jacquin have already been sorted into Linnaeus’s herbarium under Linnaeus’s numbers, so they are practically impossible to retrieve without access to those numbers, given in the catalogue.

Coronilla coronatacauses some comments. Also, the use of Ledum on inflammatory diseases is of great interest, so Linnaeus will try it himself some time.

The mosses sent are identified, and some other details are commented upon.

Linnaeus has heard from Pehr ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeus’s student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
who, in Arabia, has seen a shrub producing balsam [Forsskål to Linnaeus, 9 June 1763Letter L3266]. – Vitaliano DonatiDonati, Vitaliano (1713-1763).
Italian. Professor of natural history,
Turin. Travelled in the Balkans and in
the Orient. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has died prematurely in a shipwreck in the Indian Ocean.

Linnaeus is about to publish Museum Reginae [Linnaeus refers to Museum s:ae m:tis Ludovicae Ulricae reginaeLinnaeus, Carl Museum s:ae
m:tis Ludovicae Ulricae reginae

(Stockholm 1764). Soulsby no. 1095a.
] with exotic insects and molluscs. – He is glad he has got a living specimen of the tea bush from China after 17 unsuccessful attempts.

Linnaeus asks if Giovanni Antonio Scopoli’sScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
pictures of insects have been published and if his Fauna has appeared [Linnaeus refers to Entomologia CarniolicaScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Entomologia Carniolica, exhibens
insecta Carniolae [... ] distributa
[...] methodo Linnaeana
]. Linnaeus needs them both for his continued work on Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.



a. original holograph (UUB, G152g). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 72-73   p.72  p.73.