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Link: • Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin to Carl Linnaeus, 25 February 1768 n.s.
Dated 25 februarii 1768. Sent from Schemnitz (Germany) to (). Written in Latin.


Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, 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.
has received Linnaeus’s letter of 20 October 1767Letter L5907 but has been too busy to reply earlier.

The palm Cycas has flowered for the second time in Vienna. Jacquin had seen it also in 1765, but the ignorant Aadrian StekhovenStekhoven, Aadrian Dutch.
Gardener, from 1753 in the service of
the Imperial estate, Vienna.
, head of the garden (Jacquin refers to the Botanical Garden of the University of Vienna, founded in 1754), had prevented Jacquin from examining it. It had also not been suitable for Jacquin to apply to the court to force Stekhoven to grant that permission, since the Emperor, Franz IFranz I, (1708-1765).
Austrian. Reigned from 1745-1765.
was very ill and died during that same week. Jacquin had planned to pay his respects to the Emperor, just returning from Tyrol, but he had left Vienna instead.

Jacquin remembers the plant just superficially. He has no contact with Stekhoven, nor does he want to. Stekhoven is ignorant, mendacious and unreliable. He was earlier in Leiden.

Anastatica syriaca is described somewhere by Boccone, but as Jacquin does not own Silvio-Paolo Boccone’sBoccone, Silvio-Paolo
(1633-1704). Italian. Botanist at the
court of Ferdinand II of Tuscany,
professor of botany at Padua.
work (Jacquin refers toMuseo di fisica e di esperienzeBoccone, Silvio-Paolo Museo
di fisica e di esperienze: variato, e
decorato di osservatzioni naturali, note
medicinali, e ragionamenti secondo i
principii de’ moderni
(Venice 1697).
) he can not decide on the attribution of his specimen. He asks Linnaeus for help.

Jacquin hopes to get seeds of Loasa so that he can send some to Linnaeus in time to be planted this spring.

Cleome gigantea is a plant from the Cayenne region in South America. It is easy to cultivate in a greenhouse. Jacquin thinks he has already sent seeds to Linnaeus but will send more if necessary.

Jacquin encloses a picture of Cleome and two dried specimens of plants, which he can not decide on by himself.

Jacquin asks again for Linnaeus’s help to find a mineralogist in Sweden, with whom he can start an exchange relationship.



a. (LS, VII, 252). [1] [2]