Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin,
1 April 1764 n.s.
L3397. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von JacquinNicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin
Linnaeus received Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin’ sJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Linnaeus admits that he has gone through Jacquin’s works several times and corrected his own along with Jacquin’s as often as possible. However, he does not think it is possible to publish a perfect work. Even nature produces plants with defects. Advancement of botany is what should go first, not perfect publications. Bees collect honey and wasps collect poison from the same flowers. So, Linnaeus collects the good things from the works of others, while others may collect misprints and other defects to mock and blame the authors for.
Linnaeus admires his picture of Scopolia carniolica, and he even has a dried specimen and a seeds, sown in a pot. Regrettably, they do not germinate, although Linnaeus observes and waters them carefully. He really wants a living specimen. He has never been so doubtful over a flower as over this one, in some respects a Belladonna, in others a Hyoscyamus. He supposes it can be an offspring of a father Belladonna and a mother Hyoscyamus.
Linnaeus asks for Jacquin’s opinion on that. Also, he expects seeds of Peloria, which also could be a very remarkable plant.
Linnaeus tells Jacquin and Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Linnaeus has succeeded in keeping the tea bush alive through the winter; it seems to withstand the climate well, as well as Vella fruticosa, Cressa, Drypis and other plants. He hopes to see them flower. And the seeds Jacquin sent of Peltaria have grown in a pot. – Linnaeus makes an adjustment of Jacquin’s name of the fern Polypodium sent in the previous letter.
On the future, Linnaeus has decided to make a new edition of Systema naturae [Linnaeus refers to Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 74-76 p.74 p.75 p.76.