-Search for letters
-Search in texts






Link: • Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin to Carl Linnaeus, 4 April 1767 n.s.
Dated 4 Aprilis 1767. Sent from Schemnitz (Germany) to (). Written in Latin.


Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
had received Linnaeusís letter of 26 January 1767Letter L3856 a week earlier and hastened to answer. He had sent Linnaeus a letter dated 31 October 1765 (this letter has not come down to us) but not got an answer, so he did not want to send more letters to Linnaeus.

But since Linnaeus asks him explicitly, he wants to make some comments on the information in Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
which Linnaeus may assess and use at his discretion.

The first and longer part of the letter consists of comments on different species. Those of greater length are on Costus Arabicus, Dianthera, Utricularia, Spermacoce spinosa, Coccoloba grandifolia, Casearia Samyda and Triopteris jamaicensis More of the same kind will be compiled during the following week.

Jacquin does not agree with Linnaeus on Calophyllum so he gives a detailed description of its flowers.

Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, has not published anything new on insects. Ė Jacquin has no contact with the Austrian ambassador in Copenhagen, so that way of transfer is not satisfactory. Jacquin himself uses the normal transports between booksellers, mainly KrausKraus, Austrian. Publisher,
printer Vienna.
in Vienna.

Laurens Theodor GronoviusGronovius, Laurens Theodor
(1730-1777). Dutch. Naturalist. Senator
of Leiden. Son of Johan Frederik
Gronovius. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has written to both Linnaeus and Jacquin and asked for instructions on how to proceed with the bottle of American plants in alcohol, that Jacquin had intended for Linnaeus. Gronovius did not want to send it just so, but wanted to hand it to a friend of Linnaeusís in Holland, since direct mail to Linnaeus had proved unreliable. Linnaeus had not answered Gronovius. Jacquin had told Gronovius that he could destroy the container if Linnaeus did not seem collaborative or interested to receive it.

Jacquin encloses a small part of a plant called Tamarix Germanica and asks for help to distinguish it from Tamarix Gallica.

Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von CrantzCrantz, Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von
(1722-1799). Austrian. Naturalist
and physician. Professor in obstetrics
in 1754, Vienna.
has continued to publish works criticizing Linnaeus and his followers. The most recent ones are two works on Umbelliferae (Jacquin refers to Classis umbelliferarum emendataCrantz, Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von
Classis umbelliferarum emendata
cum generali seminum tabula et figuris
aeneis in necessarium Instit. rei
herbar. supplementum
(Leipzig 1767).



a. (LS, VII, 244-245). [1] [2] [3]