Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman,
27 July 1764 n.s.
L3420. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Johannes BurmanJohannes Burman (1707-1779). Dutch.
Linnaeus has received a box with very rare plants from Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Most of the Indian plants are damaged, without fructifications, and not even an Oedipus can solve the riddles. Those having a fructificaton he will describe and classify and return as soon as possible.
Among the Cape plants, the fructification of Petasites, a new genus, pleases him most.
Linnaeus will answer to each one of the very perfect Cape plants. If he cannot understand something that Burman has written, he will send it back together with the Indian plants, and Burman can tell him what he meant. Linnaeus regrets that there are many new genera among the Indian plants and he cannot describe them since they are not perfect. He has found twelve new genera.
Linnaeus will also reply to the different species of Geranium.
Brassica spinosa flowers.
It pleases Linnaeus to find a perfect species of Coldenia among the Indian plants.
Burmanís Gladiolus petalis undulatis is really a very splendid plant.
Morea Milleri flowers but Linnaeus has only one specimen.
Linnaeus asks Burman to forward the enclosed letter [this letter has not come down to us] to Christian KleynhoffKleynhoff, Christian (?-?).
Linnaeus wonders if his son [Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
Linnaeus has never seen something more stupid than Michel AdansonísAdanson, Michel (1727-1806).