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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman, 8 January 1765 n.s.
Dated 1765 d 8 januarii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus has a holiday and has at last been able to elucidate Johannes Burman’sBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Cape plants; a lot of work but very pleasant and encouraging. He will send the descriptions of the rare plants as soon as he has an answer [Linnaeus received an answer 4 January 1765Letter L3526] to his previous letter [Linnaeus to Burman 17 December 1764Letter L3498] and can be sure that these are Burman’s plants. A list of the described plants follows.

Burman must not forget to add Perpensa to the Cape Petasites, and to call that beautiful Geranium, that Johann Philip BreyneBreyne, Johann Philip
(1680-1764). German/Polish. Zoologist
and physician in Danzig. Son of Jacob
Breyne. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has in his Prodromus [Linnaeus refers to the Prodromi fasciculi rariorum plantarumBreyne, Johann Philip
Prodromi fasciculi rariorum plantarum
primus et secundus, quondam separatim,
nunc nova hac editione multum desiderata
coniunctim editi, notulisque illustrati.
Accedunt icones rariorum et exoticarum
plantarum aeri incisae, fasciculo olim
promisso destinatae: adiectis nominibus
et succinctis descriptionibus. Quibus
praemittuntur vita et effigies auctoris.
Cura et studio Johannis Philippi
(Danzig 1739).
], Monssonia, after the noble Lady Anne MonsonMonson, Anne (1727-1776).
British. Amateur botanist, wife of
Colonel George Monson, and disciple of
James Lee. Travelled to Calcutta, where
she died. On the way to India she stayed
in the Cape of Good Hope, where she met
with Carl Peter Thunberg.
who also has learned Latin owing for the sake of botany.


a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnés arkiv, 2201-2204). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 83-86 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 177-182   p.177  p.178  p.179  p.180  p.181  p.182.