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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3554 • Carl Linnaeus to Alexander Garden, 20 March 1765 n.s.
Dated 1765. d. 20 Martii.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.

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Linnaeus has received Alexander GardenísGarden, Alexander (1730-1791).
British/American. Doctor of medicine,
South Carolina. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
letter of 2 June 1763Letter L3272 with a stupendous richness of fish specimens. Garden had written to John EllisEllis, John (1711-1776).
British. Merchant and naturalist, expert
on zoophytes. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
; Linnaeus fears that his answering letters have been lost at sea, since he had heard nothing from Garden.

Linnaeus had been ill with pleurisy during the previous year, so that he himself and many around him feared that he would die. With Godís help, he recovered and is now perfectly well again.

Linnaeus is about to publish a new edition of Systema naturae [the next edition Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
] where the new information about reptiles, fishes and insects supplied by Garden will be presented, with due credits to Garden. Only brief descriptions will be given there, whereas Gardenís descriptions will be rendered literally in the Acta of the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala,
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
].

Linnaeus has received very many insects from the Cape of Good Hope, as well as many more plants from the Cape and the Indies than during any previous year, so that the new edition of Systema naturae will be double the size of the previous ones.

Pehr ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeusís student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, his excellent pupil, has died in Arabia. He had sent a twig of Opobalsamum, showing that it is an Amyris and not a Terebinthinum.

Linnaeus looks forward to receiving more material from Garden.