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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 3 May 1767 n.s.
Dated 1767 d. 3 Maji. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Banska-stiavnica (Slovenia). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus has received Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin’sJacquin, 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.
letter of 4 April 1767Letter L3903 and thanks for the comments. He simply reports on how he has used them in his work. – The Tamaris germanica is to Linnaeus a Thya.

Linnaeus feels old, and he can feel his vigour declining.

Linnaeus wants Jacquin to approach Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and ask him for a copy of the book on minerals, (Linnaeus refers presumably to Einleitung zur Kenntniss und Gebrauch der FossilienScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Einleitung zur Kenntniss und Gebrauch
der Fossilien
(Riga 1769).

As a postscript, Linnaeus asks about Loasa and gives names of plants from Lapland, specimens of which are enclosed.

Linnaeus received one more letter from Jacquin (April 1767Letter L5437) just before this letter was sent and thanks for the beautiful plates it contained. Linnaeus comments on a few, and the species mentioned fit in with the second list of Jacquin’s observations (fol. 318) to the new edition of Species plantarum (Jacquin refers presumably to Species plantarum, 3rd editionLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum [...] editio tertia
, I-II
(Vienna 1764). Soulsby no. 510.

Linnaeus tells Jacquin that he will make use of these observations in part 2 of the next edition of Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
(“Regnum vegetabile” was published in 1767).



a. original holograph (UUB, G152g). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 87-89   p.87  p.88  p.89.