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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4035 • Gottlieb Carl Springsfeld to Carl Linnaeus, 1 February 1769 n.s.
Dated Ipsis Calendis Februar. MDCCLXVIIII. Sent from () to (). Written in Latin.

L4035. Gottlieb Carl SpringsfeldGottlieb Carl Springsfeld (?-?). ?.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
to Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish. , 1 February 1769 n.s.

Viro Illustrissimo, Generosissimo
Celeberrimoque
Carolo von Linné, Equit[i] Aurato,
Archiatr[o] S[erenissimi] Reg[is] Suec[orum] Dignissimo,
S[alutem] P[lurimam] D[icit]
Gottlob Carolus Springsfeld, Phil[osophiae] ac Med[icinae] D[octor].

Non miratus sum, Vir Eruditissime, Te ad me scripsisse. Id potius miratus sum Te in ea fuisse opinione Tuum nomen mihi forte esse ignotum.[1] Certe is nomen eruditi non meretur, cui celeberrimi Linnaei nomen latet. Plures quam triginta jam praeterlapsi sunt anni, quo plantas secundum Tuum Systema[2] et edita post hoc genera[3] cum amicissimo nostro LudwigioLudwig, Christian Gottlieb
(1709-1773). German. Physician.
Professor of medicine in Leipzig. One of
Linnaeus’s early opponents.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Lipsiensi examinarem botanicesque incumberem studio, quod aliis dein implicitus negotiis negligere coactus fui. Amor tamen hujus studii mihi semper remansit.

Certum est me plantas nonnullas exsiccatas et schedulas quasdam b[eati] PossessorisBuxbaum, Johann Christian
(1693-1730). German. Professor of
botany, St Petersburg.
manu exaratas a b[eati] Buxbaumii FratreBuxbaum, (?-?). German. The
brother of Johann Christian Buxbaum.
obtinuisse. Male tamen conservatae sunt plantae nominibusque destitutae. Observationes repertas publici iuris feci Primoque Tomo Novor[um] Actor[um] Nat[urae] Curiosor[um] p. 28 inseri curavi,[4] ubi eas cum nonnullis Osmundae speciebus et Rubi quadam specie invenies.

Gramina cum Dom[ino] Schrebero communicavi, qui ea suae Collectioni graminum inseruit. Reliquas plantas herbaceas cum paucis Muscis et Lichenibus adhuc adservo.

Inter illas doleo desideratum Cisto affinem Centur. II Tab. 35 non reperiri neque Saliuncam Centur. II Tab. 12 fig. 1.[5] Adest quidem planta quaedam Priori, quod habitum attinet, aliquantulum similis; perianthium tamen habet quadrifidum, quum secundum Buxbaumii descriptionem quinquifidum esse debet.

Libenter Tibi, Vir Celeberrime, totam collectionem, quae centum et aliquot plantas continet, si sumtus vecturae impendere velles, mitterem ea conditione, ut facto uso eam mihi remitteres. Fortasse mercatorum Lipsiensium praesertim bibliopolarum ope fieri posset. Weissenfelsa enim Lipsia quatuor tantummodo lapides distat multumque familiaritatis mihi semper adhuc cum veterano amico Ludwigio est.

Addidi his litteris Tremellae speciem, quae prope thermas Carolinas in Bohemia in aqua fervidissima reperitur et cuius descriptionem dedi in Mémoires de l’Academie Royale de Berlin 1752, Tom. VIII p. 102.[6] Quod reliquum est valeas mihique in posterum faveas etiam atque etiam rogo.

Scribebam Ipsis Calendis Februar[iis] MDCCLXVIIII.

upSUMMARY

Gottlob Carl Springsfeld is surprised that Linnaeus can believe that he has not heard of him. He who does not know the very famous name Linnaeus is no learned man.

More than thirty years ago Springsfeld and Christian Gottlieb Ludwig examined plants together according to Linnaeus’s Systema naturae and Genera plantarum. Since then Springsfeld has had to attend to other duties, but he has always loved botany.

Springsfeld has obtained a number of dried plants and notes belonging to Johann Christian Buxbaum though Buxbaum’s brother. Unfortunately, the plants are poorly preserved and without names, but Springsfeld has published his observations in Nova acta physico-medica academiae caesareae Leopoldino-Carolinae naturae curiosorum, I, p. 28, where Linnaeus will also find some species of Osmunda and a species of Rubus.

Springsfeld sent the grasses to Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber who has inserted them in his collection. The other herbaceous plants Springsfeld keeps together with some mosses and lichens. But among these are neither the plant in Centuria II, tab. 35, which is akin to Cistus and which Linnaeus requested, nor Saliunca, Cent. II, tab. 12, f. 1. However, there is a plant which is somewhat similar to the former.

Springsfeld is willing to send Linnaeus Buxbaum’s whole collection, which constitutes about one hundred plants, if Linnaeus is willing to pay for the transport and also return the collection.

Springsfeld is a close friend of Christian Gottlieb Ludwig.

Springsfeld encloses a species of Tremella which grows in the vicinity of the hot baths of Karlsbad in Bohemia. He has described this plant in Mémoires de l’Academie Royale de Berlin, VIII, p. 102 (1752).

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, XIV, 328-329). [1] [2] [3]