Jacquin had received two letters from Linnaeus, dated 20 March 1768Letter L4050 and 20 April 1768Letter L4063, but as he had moved to another place to live and had lots of other things to do, he had not had time to answer. He sends seeds of Loasa collected the preceding autumn, and Cleome gigantea.
There is no news on Giovanni Antonio ScopoliísScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus. work on mineralogy (Jacquin refers to Einleitung zur Kenntniss und Gebrauch der FossilienScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Einleitung zur Kenntniss und Gebrauch
der Fossilien (Riga 1769). ).
Jacquin thanks for information on the plants he had sent and adds a specimen of a flower of a bush and a mushroom, possibly Clavaria Hypoxylon which he is not quite sure of. He has no suitable literature, so he needs help.
Aadrian StekhovenStekhoven, Aadrian Dutch.
Gardener, from 1753 in the service of
the Imperial estate, Vienna. has been imperial gardener in Vienna since 1753. He had not managed to take care of the living plants Jacquin had sent from America, so they had all died very soon.
Jacquin has been able to decide on Anastatica Syriaca.
Jacquin was very pleased to get Anders Philip TidströmísTidström, Anders Philip
(1723-1779). Swedish. Chemist and
metallurgist. Studied under Linnaeus.
University teacher of chemistry.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. name and asks Linnaeus to approach Tidström on his behalf. The letter gives very detailed information on the exchange: specimens, two of each, should be at least the size of a clenched fist; the place where it was taken is important, as is the reference to the works of Johan Gottschalk WalleriusWallerius, Johan Gottschalk
(1709-1785). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Uppsala. and Axel Fredrik CronstedtCronstedt, Axel Fredrik
(1722-1765). Swedish. Chemist,
mineralogist, mining expert. ; a list should be in the box, copied and sent in a separate letter; each stone must be wrapped in paper, and plenty of straw or moss must be put in the box to prevent the stones from touching each other on the very bad roads in Hungary. As for transport, Tidström should find a merchant in Stockholm to send it to a merchant in Hamburg, who could send it on to Vienna and lastly to Chemnitz. Jacquin has detailed suggestions on the instructions to the different intermediaries during the transport and on how he and Tidström could share the costs. Tidström must tell Jacquin the name of the Hamburg merchant he will use. Jacquin never pays anything for the samples themselves. Ė A similar scheme works splendidly from Kongsberg, where Georg HiortHiort, Georg Norwegian. already is exchanging material with Jacquin. The separate letter will make it easy for Jacquin to contact the proper agents during the transport.
Jacquin ends the letter by giving names of a number of Lappish plants, of which he wants dried specimens if Linnaeus has such available.