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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 15 February 1765 n.s.
Dated 1765 febr. 15. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus had received Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin’sJacquin, 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.
letter dated 2 January 1765Letter L3529 two days earlier, and since then he has devoted all his time to retrieving the specimens from the herbarium. Linnaeus will be more careful to keep copies of lists in the future. – Linnaeus gives some answers and will deal with the rest as soon as possible. However, all the material Jacquin had meant to send in his letter was not there when it arrived to Linnaeus.

There is no mail service to Denmark in the winter, although it is a neighbouring country. So the only chance to get something there is to send it with somebody who is making the journey, and that opportunity is rather seldom available.

Linnaeus comments on the description of the bird which he had studied with great pleasure. He has some suggestions on where it belongs in the zoological system.

Linnaeus is not too disturbed by Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von Crantz’sCrantz, Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von
(1722-1799). Austrian. Naturalist
and physician. Professor in obstetrics
in 1754, Vienna.
actions or attitude. He is used to malevolent people and to that kind of infringement; lately, even Georg Christian von OederOeder, Georg Christian von
(1728-1791). German/Danish. Botanist
and economist. Studied under Albrecht
von Haller in Göttingen and became
professor of botany at Copenhagen.
Minister of finance for Norway. Started
the publishing of Flora Danica.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had committed something similar.

Linnaeus has just got about 30 new plants from India and the Cape of Good Hope. He wishes there could be someone like Jacquin who could go there and investigate the flora, and especially the Cape region seems inexhaustible.

Linnaeus has received Giovanni Antonio Scopoli’sScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
work on insects (Entomologia CarniolicaScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Entomologia Carniolica, exhibens
insecta Carniolae [... ] distributa
[...] methodo Linnaeana
, and is excerpting it for the next edition of Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.

Anthericum calyculatum and Agrostis are commented upon.



a. original partly holograph (UUB, G152g). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 83-85   p.83  p.84  p.85.