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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3983 • José Celestino Mútis to Carl Linnaeus, 3 October 1767 n.s.
Dated d. 3 8bris. 1767. Sent from Cúcuta (Columbia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Clarissimo,
Experientissimoque D[omi]n[o],
D[omi]n[o] Carolo Linné,
Equiti Aurato,
Sal[utem] pl[urimam] des[iderat]
J[ohannes] C[elestinus] Mutis.

Vereor, ne diligentiae atque officii mei erga Te, V[ir] H[onoratissime], me penitus oblitum existimes, quod, nisi aliorum amicissimorum Virorum commercium saepius interruptum expertus fuissem, nequaquam vererer. Sane praeter ultimas litteras, in quibus nunciabatur Te Cinchonam accepisse quasque in Civitate Bogotensi, antequam illinc longissimae peregrinationi paratus decederem, summa jucunditate legisse contigit; posteriores nullae fuerunt mihi delatae. Superiores itaque epistolas a me biennis datas, in quibus rariorum observationum descriptiones nonnullae, ne voluminibus Te lacesserem, continebantur, ad manus tuas non pervenisse, vehementer suspicor. Non autem ex numerosis descriptionibus istas seligere conatus sum, quae saltem vel novitatis vel raritatis multum haberent. Utinam quae brevitatis studio paucissima selegi, ea Tibi, Verum Naturalium Arbitro summo, maxime probata esset! Vehementer mihi gratum feceris, si deomnibus pro amplissima humanitate tua sententiam indicaveris. Vale!

Dabam prope Cacotam Suratensem d[ie] 3 Octobris 1767.

upSUMMARY

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.
fears that Linnaeus may consider him to lack diligence and to be forgetful of his duty, which he would never have thought, were it not for the commerce of letters that is often interrupted. Apart from Linnaeus’s last letter that informed him of the receipt of the Cinchona [Linnaeus to Mútis, presumably written in 1765Letter L3693] and which he received in Santa Fé de Bogotá, Mútis has received nothing from Linnaeus. His earlier letter that he wrote two years ago containing descriptions of very rare observations does not seem to have reached Linnaeus [this letter, written in1765, has not come down to us]. From the numerous descriptions he has tried to select some that have much of novelty and curiosity. He hopes that they please Linnaeus.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, XI, 88-89). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. A selection (1821), vol. 2, p. 515-516   p.515  p.516.