Carl Linnaeus to Paul Dietrich Giseke,
4 January 1768 n.s.
L4031. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Paul Dietrich GisekePaul Dietrich Giseke (1745-1796).
On the previous day Linnaeus received Paul Dietrich GisekeísGiseke, Paul Dietrich
Linnaeus has some questions regarding Gisekeís work, for example (p. 24) regarding Charles AlstonísAlston, Charles (1683-1760).
He also asks if Pethyllis (p. 27) could be referred to another genus; Linnaeus would like to know which.
Giseke believes (p. 29, n. 121) that Vitis should belong to the Cucurbitaceae rather than the Hederaceae. However, Linnaeus sees no affinity to the Cucurbitaceae except for the tendril.
Giseke refers Phytolacca to the Solanaceae, but Linnaeus means that this must be wrong.
Giseke refers Mitchella and Linnaea to the Rubiaceae but Linnaeus considers them to be rather different.
Gieseke had requested that Linnaeus should tell him the characters of the natural orders (p. 29), but Linnaeus replies that he cannot state them. In fact, if he could, he would also be able to state the natural classes and even a natural system. Therefore, he has to leave this question to posterity.
Giseke is the only person who has understood Michel AdansonísAdanson, Michel (1727-1806).
If Giseke wishes to reply to this, Linnaeus wants him to write to the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Linnaeus has never seen Franz LippísLipp, Franz Joseph (1734-1775).
1. Collectio epistolarum (1792), p. 99-102 .