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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3542 • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman, 12 February 1765 n.s.
Dated 1765 d. 12 februar. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Clarissimis Amicissimisque BURMANNIS,
Patri et filio,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] von Linné.

Accepi Vestras d[iei] 4 januarii, in quibus dono, plus quam Regio, mihi offers omnes istas pulcherrimas Capenses, quas ultimo misistis. Donum majus est, quam ut queam pro eo grates reddere debitas, cum profecto obstupesco. Numquam accepi quidquam gratius.

Convolvulus tuus figura delineatus est mihi bene notus et genuina Echitis species, mihi echites caudata. Laciniae corollae ad ipsas apices mihi videntur in Tua figura nimis angustae.

Jasminum japonicum non novi; Jasmini certe species esse nequit.

Chamaedryfoliam 110, 113, quaeso, inter tuas plantas, numne ullibi fructificatio occurrat; vidi eam saepius, semper sterilem.

Corymbium etiamnum, oro, quaeras inter Tuas, numne olim acceperis plantam laevi caule ad alas foliorum villosum.

Nigrinae 80 fructus, si occurrat in Tuis, mittas ad me capsulam, ut character completus obtineatur.

Ixia umbellata 117. Mirum, quod nullibi occurrat in hortis, ne quidem in tuo, tam singularis planta.

Oederi Elementa nuper accepi, sed sunt nil nisi e meis furto extracta, quod quivis videbit.

Descripsi plantas Tuas rariores in propria plagula et credo, quod Diabolus ipse abstulit; quaesivi plagulam per totum diem, nec succurrit; forte Filius poterit meam primam manum legere, quam inclusam mitto.

Quaeso, des mihi aliquot seminula pro primo vere, Tu qui possides omnia.

Valete ambo charissimi!

Dabam Upsaliae 1765 d[ie] 12 februar[ii].

a Monsieur
Mons[ieu]r Jean Burmannus
Professeur en Botanique
Amsterdam

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has received Johannes BurmanísBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letter dated 4 JanuaryLetter L3526 where Burman offers him a more than princely gift, i.e. these very beautiful Cape plants. Linnaeus owes Burman more thanks than he can say and he has never received anything more welcome.

Burmanís illustration of Convolvulus is well known to Linnaeus. Its laciniate corolla is too narrow at the apices.

Linnaeus does not know Jasminum Japonicum. It can definitely not belong to the species Jasminum.

Linnaeus describes four Cape plants.

Recently Linnaeus received Georg Christian von OederísOeder, 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.
, Elementa [Linnaeus refers to the Elementa botanicaOeder, Carl Christian
Elementa Botanica, 2 vols.
(Copenhagen, 1764-1766)
]. Anyone can see that everything in it is stolen from Linnaeus.

Linnaeus has written the descriptions of the rare plants on a special piece of paper but thinks the devil has stolen it. He has searched for it the whole day without success. Perhaps Burmanís son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] can read Linnaeusís original notes that he encloses.

Linnaeus asks Burman, who possesses everything, for seeds to sow this spring.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnťs arkiv, 2301-2302). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 86-87 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 182-183   p.182  p.183.