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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Paul Dietrich Giseke, 4 January 1768 n.s.
Dated 1768. d. IV. Januar.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.


On the previous day Linnaeus received Paul Dietrich GisekeísGiseke, Paul Dietrich
(1745-1796). German. Physician.
Professor of natural science in Hamburg
in 1771. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letter dated 8 November 1767Letter L3995 and Gisekeís dissertation Systemat. Plant. [Linnaeus refers to Dissertatio inauguralis botanico-medica sistens systemata plantarum recentioraGiseke, Paul Dietrich
Dissertatio inauguralis
botanico-medica sistens systemata
plantarum recentiora instar speciminis
commentarii ad Jo. Herm. Furstenau
Desiderata materiae medicae

(Göttingen, [1767]).

Linnaeus has some questions regarding Gisekeís work, for example (p. 24) regarding Charles AlstonísAlston, Charles (1683-1760).
Scottish. Botanist and physician.
Studied in Leiden under Boerhaave.
Professor of botany and medicine at
work on the sex of plants [Linnaeus refers to A dissertation on botanyAlston, Charles A
dissertation on botany. By Charles
Alston, M. D. the King's Botanist in
Scotland, Fellow of the Royal College of
Physicians, and Professor of Materia
Medica and Botany in the University of
Edinburgh. Translated from the Latin by
a physician
(London, [1754]).
, which was a translation of the first part of Alstonís Tirocinium botanicum EdinburgenseAlston, Charles Tirocinium
botanicum Edinburgense
, with some revision and additions].

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).
French. Botanist. Travelled in Senegal.
An opponent of Linnaeus. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
characters [Linnaeus refers to the Familles des plantesAdanson, Michel Familles des
, 2 vol. (Paris, 1763).
]. Linnaeus therefore wants Giseke to elucidate him.

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
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.

Linnaeus has never seen Franz LippísLipp, Franz Joseph (1734-1775).
German. Professor of botany and
chemistry and curator of the botanical
garden of Freiburg.
Encheiridion botanikon specimen inauguraleLinnaeus, Carl & Franz Joseph
Encheiridion botanikon
specimen inaugurale
botanicum sistens delineationem plantae
Carl V. Linné, definitam,
exemplis et figuris illustratam
(Vienna, 1765). Soulsby no. 469.
(n. 101).


1. Collectio epistolarum (1792), p. 99-102 .