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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3526 • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 4 January 1765 n.s.
Dated 4 jan. 1765. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Nobilissimo & Clarissimo Viro,
Carolo Linnaeo,
S[alutem] D[icit]
J[oannes] Burmannus.

Accepi ante triduum epistolam tuam mihi gratissimam, dum ex ea laetus perspexerim, tibi ante octiduum adlatas fuisse plantas Capenses, quas filius meus autumni tempore tibi miserat, quasque brevi ante ex Cap[ite] Bonae Spei acceperamus; hae tibi dono sunt datae, numerisque notatae, ut ad hos rescribere nobis possis, quae de iis observaveris, sique ea nobiscum communicare, uti ante, velis, quum illas examinaveris, nobis erit acceptissimum; duplas enim ipsarum retinuimus. Hae vero tibi, si placuerint, alias dein tibi mittemus, ac tali modo accipies completum, quantum fieri poterit Herbarium Capense.

Binas adhuc, mensibus Sept[tembri] & Octobr[i] a te accepimus Litteras, in quibus plantas Capenses & Indicas enodasti, quantum tibi licuerit; ad illas jam dudum respondissem, gratumque meum animum declarassem, nisi a septimana in septimanam exspectassem cistam, quam scripsisti te misisse Holmiam, sed, proh dolor, eam nondum accepi; audivi tamen nuper a D[omino] Balguerio navem, cistam eam adportantem, appulisse ad nostram oram, & in Texala morari; per gelu enim validissimum ad urbem nostram adcedere nondum potuit, ita ut sperem salvam, remisso gelu, eam accepturum, quod vehementer desidero & opto.

Miratus sum ea, quae mihi scripsisti de cista 400 plantas Indicas referta, ac nominibus Indicis notatas; ego intra aliquod tempus paucissimas modo accepi; olim multas mihi misit D[ominus] Kleynhoff plantas inter chartas adservatas, sed plures saepe mutilatas, quumque hic vir jam in patria nostra degat, suspicor an tibi non meo inpulsu miserit Herbar[ium] suum Indicum, sique in schedula nobis notare velles ista nomina Indica, extricare tibi potero, an ab ipso tibi fuerint missae, si ista nomina cum meis plantis contulerim; quod forte etiam tibi constabit, si inter istas hae contineantur, quarum icones jam addo. Minor ipsi dicitur Jasminum Japonicum Rosmarini folio, quod puto esse Ledi species; altera major ipsi dicitur Frutex volubilis Camonga seu Mangoenong incolis dictus, quem ad convolvulum pertinere puto; dic nobis de his tuam sententiam, sique velles nobis praestare officium gratissimum, quaeso, notes post ista nomina Indica in schedula nomen Botanicum genericum &, si fieri posset, ipsum specificum; hoc Filio optime conduceret in exornanda sua Flora Indica, quae tota fere absoluta est.

D[ominus] Alstreumer jam forte in Sueciam rediit; ipsum nostro nomine salutes; in se suscepit atque in meo praedio absolvit descriptionem Simiae, quae agilis & hilaris adhucdum est, sed in peregrinos mordax.

Flores ac Folia in ultimis missa istius novi Geranii, quod hoc anno etiam accepimus, sunt plantae tuberosae acaulis; si regerminat verno tempore, magis completum mittemus exemplar cum aliis Indicis plantis.

Salutes, quaeso, Filium tuum, uti & meus Filius tibi ipsique quaevis prospera exoptat, validamque valetudinem longos in annos uterque tibi vovemus cum uxore tua, tot[a]que Familia splendidissima. Valeas, uti valeo, nosque amore tuo ac favore prosequi pergas!

Dabam Amst[elodami] 4 Jan[uarii] 1765.

A Monsieur
Mons[ieur] Charl[es] Linnaeus
tres Celebre Professeur
â
Upsal.

upSUMMARY

Three days ago Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
received a much longed for letter from Linnaeus [Linnaeus to Burman 17 December 1764Letter L3498] where he learns that the Cape plants that his son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeus’s pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] sent last autumn have arrived. They are a gift for Linnaeus and with numbers added to which Linnaeus may refer when he sends his observations. If the plants please Linnaeus, Burman and his son can send more later and then Linnaeus will have a complete Cape herbarium.

The Burmans have also received two letters from Linnaeus in September and October [these letters have not come down to us] with explanations for Cape and Indian plants. Burman would have answered long ago if he had not been waiting week after week for the box that Linnaeus had sent. Recently he heard from Daniel BalguerieBalguerie, Daniel (1733-1788).
Swedish. Swedish agent in Amsterdam,
succeeded his father Pierre Balguerie.
that the ship had reached to the coasts of Holland but now is staying at the island Texel because of the very cold weather.

Burman is surprised to see that Linnaeus has received 400 Indian plants with Indian names on them. Burman guesses that Christian KleynhoffKleynhoff, Christian (?-?).
Dutch?. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has sent his Indian herbarium to Linnaeus. If Linnaeus writes the names on a piece of paper and sends it to Burman, he can compare them with his own plants and find out who sent them. Perhaps the plants in the illustrations are among those Indian plants. The smaller is called Iasminum Iaponicum. Burman thinks that it belongs to the species Ledum. The larger one, Frutex volubilis, is called Camonga or Mangoenong by the inhabitants. Burman asks for Linnaeus’s opinion and wishes that he could add the name of the genus and species to the Indian names. This will help his son very much in composing his Indian flora.

Clas AlströmerAlströmer, Clas
(1736-1794). Swedish. Baron,
industrialist. Sent plants and specimens
to Linnaeus from his travels abroad.
Bought Linnaeus’s “little herbarium”,
now in the Natural History Museum in
Stockholm. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of August, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
Linnaeus
has probably arrived in Sweden now and Burman asks Linnaeus to send him his best regards. Alströmer undertook and finished a description of Burman’s monkey. The monkey is still alert and cheerful but bites foreigners.

If it germinates again in spring, Burman will send a new and more complete specimen of the new species of Geranium that he sent in his last letter. He will also send new Indian plants.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, II, 477-478). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 176-177   p.176  p.177.