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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3693 • Carl Linnaeus to José Celestino Mútis, [30 June 1765] n.s.
Dated Undated, but presumably written in 1765.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Santa Fe de Bogotá (Columbia). Written in Latin.

Viro Clarissimo Experientissimoque,
D[omino] D[omino] J[ohanni] C[elestino] MUTIS,
s[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linné.

Datas a Te die 24 septembr[is] 1764 literas ante octiduum rite accepi et magnopere ex his excitatus et exhillaratus fui. Continebant autem illae pulcherrimam iconem Corticis Phinae, ima cum foliis et Floribus, qui flores a me antea numquam visi; veram dedere ideam Generis rarissimi, quam inde longe aliam accepi quam e figuris D[omi]ni Condamini. Pro his omnibus a singulis gratissimam mentem reddo.

Si in postremum me Tuas beare non grave ducas, oro, quod titulus epistolae inscribatur Societati Regiae Scientiarum Upsaliae et tum eas habebo certissime, et quidem absque impensis; pro hac Tua ultima debui solvere Tabellario integrum ducatum Belgicum.

Hisce diebus primum typum subiit Systematis Naturae editio nova, quae fere duplo auctior erit prioribus. Primus tomus continet ultra 6 000 animalia et sic in ceteris. Spero hanc editionem intra annum fore absolutam. Si habeas quidquam, quod augeat hanc collectionem, quaeso, justo tempore communices et videbis ad singula honorificam tuam mentionem factam.

Literas has mitto sub involucro ad D[ominum] Bellman, cum nescio alias quae via ad Te certo deferantur, cum meas Te non accepisse praeter ultimas, ex Tuis video.

Theam quam alo vivam et forte unius ac primus in tota Europa.

Rhabarbarum vivum officinarum est meum Rheum palmatum, quod jam alo in horto.

Actean Cimicifugam etiam accepi, quae teterrima omnium; viribus gaudet repellendi prae omnibus delectis summis.

Viro Clarissimo
D[omino] D[omino] J[ohanni] C[elestino] MUTIS

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has received a letter from José Celestino MútisMútis, José Celestino
(1732-1808). Spanish. Botanist.
Went to South America in 1760 and lived
in Bogotá, which due to him
became an important centre of learning.
His comprehensive herbarium, manuscripts
and numerous watercolour botanical
illustrations were sent to Spain after
his death. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
dated 24 September 1764Letter L3444. There was a beautiful illustration of Cortex Phinae.

Linnaeus asks Mútis to address his letters to 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.
].

A new enlarged edition of Systema naturae is being published [Linnaeus refers to Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
]. The first volume [published in 1766] contains the part on animals.

The present letter is sent through Jacob Martin BellmanBellman, Jacob Martin
(1706-1786). Swedish. Merchant, Cadiz.
Swedish consul there 1742-1766. His
brother´s son was the author Carl
Michaël Bellman.
.

Linnaeus has a live Thea. He has also received an Actaea Cimicifuga.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (Jardin Botánico de Madrid). [1] [2]