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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3846 • Carl Linnaeus to Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien, [25 March 1766] n.s.
Dated Undated, but written in the end of March 1766. Sent from ? () to ? (). Written in Swedish.

Lagetto äller Lace-bark

Lauri folio arbor, folio latiore mucronato Sloan. jam. I. 168.

Frutex foliis majoribus cordatis nitidis Brown. jam. 371.

inre barken af detta träd på jamaica är mig länge sedan bekant att dett giöres tog på jamaica.

Till nät och hwithet liknar det spitsar

jag har sedt där af stora stycken.

Gother har warit hos mig och fått namn här på.

C[arl] L[innaeus]

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus reports to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
], that the piece of bark they have asked him about is Lagetto or Lace bark.

Lauri folio arbor, folio latiore mucronato [a tree with a laurel’s leaf, rather broad, its apex ending in a short protruding part], there is a reference to Hans SloaneSloane, Hans (1660-1753).
British. Physician, naturalist and
collector. Secretary of the Royal
Society in 1693, president in 1727.
Sloane’s collections of natural history
objects were donated to the English
nation and were one of cornerstones of
the British Museum (1759). Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
, “Jamaica”, I, 168[Linnaeus refers to A voyage to the islandsISloane, Hans A voyage to the
islands Madera, Barbados, Niciers, St
Christophers and Jamaica
, I-II
(London 1707-1725).
].

Frutex foliis majoribus cordatis nitidis [bush with rather big shiny, heart-shaped leaves], there is a reference to 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.
, ”jam”. 371 [Linnaeus refers to The Civil and natural history of JamaicaBrowne, Patrick The Civil and
natural history of Jamaica: in three
parts: containing, I. An accurate
description of that island [...] with a
brief account of its former and present
state, government, revenues, produce,
and trade: II. A history of the natural
productions [...] native fossils [...]:
III: An account of the nature of
climates in general, and their
different effects upon the human
body
(London 1756).
].

Linnaeus has known for a long time that the interior bark of this tree is used in Jamaica for making ropes.

It looks like a lace, and Linnaeus has seen big pieces of it.

Engelbert GotherGother, Engelbert (1708-1775).
Swedish. Director at the Rörstrand
porcelain factory.
has visited Linnaeus to get its name.

upMANUSCRIPTS

b. contemporary copy (KVA, Bergius, XIII, 777). a. original holograph (KVA). [1]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1908), vol. I:2, p. 284   p.284.