Patrick BrowneBrowne, Patrick (1720-1790).
Irish. Botanist who made six voyages to
the West Indies. In 1756 he published
The Civil and natural history of
Jamaica (1756). Correspondent of
Linnaeus. thanks Linnaeus for the letter of 21 January 1766 [this letter has not come down to us] that he has just received. Browne had forgotten to give his address in Montserrat but his contact in Copenhagen, William ChippendaleChippendale, William British.
Merchant, Copenhagen. had arranged for Browne to get it. Browne has also got back his books, among them Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum (Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500. , Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio sexta ab auctore
reformata et aucta (Stockholm 1764).
Soulsby no. 305. , and other things from St Croix. Browne refers to his description of Sauvagesia. and mentions several others. He promises to send some specimens to Linnaeus by the next ship, if his health permits. The island has only few insects and not more than four or five species of birds. Browne describes the sulphur and iron mine with hot and sulphurous water emerging from it. In some places, nothing can grow because of the vitriolic acid in the air.
Browne gives skeletons of characters of three more species of plants, one of them to be complemented in the following year. One of them is a shrub, another is like a small Iris, and the third belongs to the Angiospermata.