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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 20 August 1764 n.s.
Dated 1764 Aug. 20. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus thanks 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.
for the now complete work on the American plants [Linnaeus refers to Selectarum stirpium AmericanarumJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Selectarum stirpium Americanarum
historia, in qua ad Linnaeanum systema
determinatae descriptaeque sistuntur
plantae illae, quas in insulis
Martinica, Jamaica, Domingo, alliisque,
et in vicinae continentis parte,
observavit rariores; adjectis iconibus
in solo natali delineatis
], which Linnaeus has had bound in a splendid binding. He acknowledges having got very many plants from Jacquin and gives an almost complete list of those he is aware of, numbered 1-77, with their names as he sees them.

More detailed comments are given on Ajuga, Satureia and Geranium.

Drypis and Peltaria have flowered in Linnaeus’s garden this year, from seeds received from Jacquin.

Linnaeus is very sorry that 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.
died in Arabia the previous year. He had seen balsam shrubs and collected more than 100 new species of fish. Many new plants have grown from seeds received from him.

The pictures from “Dioscorides manuscript” [Linnaeus refers to the “Codex Vindobonensis”Dioscorides, Pedanius “Codex
Vindobonensis” (manuscript,
Nationalbibliothek, Vienna).
] are difficult to interpret. – The other plants Jacquin had sent will be dealt with when Linnaeus leaves the country estate and lives in the town, with access to the library. The delay will not be too long.

Linnaeus asks for details on Giovanni Antonio Scopoli’sScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
work on insects [Linnaeus refers to Entomologia CarniolicaScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Entomologia Carniolica, exhibens
insecta Carniolae [... ] distributa
[...] methodo Linnaeana
], where and how it is published. He needs it.



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


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 76-79   p.76  p.77  p.78  p.79.