Documentation

Letters

-Search for letters
-Search in texts

Manuscripts

Editions

Links

Contact

C18

Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4103 • Carl Linnaeus to Pieter Boddaert, 13 August 1768 n.s.
Dated 1768 d. 13 Augusti. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Utrecht (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Viro Amplissimo Clarissimoque,
D[omino] D[octori] P[ETRO] BODDAERT,
Medic[inae] Doctori,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] v[on] Linné,
Equ[es].

Quos ad me misisti liberali manu libros D[omi]ni Pallas, versione Belgica, una cum literis d[ie] 11 ante calendas aprilis hujus anni datis, heri rite accepi. Pro utrisque grates reddo quas possum maximas devotissimas.

Quod benevole mea qualiacumque tentamina in mitiorem partem interpretari velis, hoc unice candidissimae Tuae animae adscribo; ego omnium remotissimus vivo a museis et consortio eruditorum, ideoque nec ultra praestare valui.

Multum confert ad augmentum Zoologiae, quod quivis videns rariora animalia, ea describat attente; sic poterit demum scientia verum fulgorem acquirere multorum operibus combinatis. Belgis, Anglis & Gallis patet totus orbis, unde et ex vobis possimus fere unice in his proficere.

Sus Hydrochaeris, cujus pullum asservo in spiritu vini, nequit esse e Genere Murino, cum pedes sint ungulati, nec unguiculati.

Taenia hydatigena Pall[antis] pro Hydrae specie habui, et etiamnum habeo, licet intra corpora animalium in portentosam excrescat magnitudinem, respectu reliquarum.

Audio D[ominum] Pallas vidisse Felem volant[em], ternateam Seb. 1. t. 58. f. 2, 3. seu Vespertilionem admirabilem Bontii. Optarem prae reliquis scire, cujus genuina species esset, quem studiose sed frustra quaesivi apud alios.

Si scirem, qua ratione ad Te perveniret et 2dus et 3ius tomus systematis, lubentissime mitterem.

Deest nobis Upsaliae pictor, et hoc in caussa est, quod 30 annis, quibus heic haesi, ne unicam potui dare veram figuram plantae aut animalis; non meo vitio, sed academiae.

His vale et me Tuis semper annumera fidissimis cultoribus!

Dabam Upsaliae 1768 d[ie] 13 Augusti.

Viro amplissimo
D[omino] D[octori] P[etro] Boddaert
Med[icinae] Doctori
Ultrajecti.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus had received Pieter Boddaert’sBoddaert, Pieter (1730?-?).
Dutch. Naturalist and physician. Friend
of Albert Schlosser, whose cabinet of
natural history objects he described.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letter and material, dated 22 March 1768Letter L4103, the day before, and he thanks him for it. He is glad that Boddaert has been so mild in his comments, since Linnaeus is aware that he is himself rather far from the larger resources in museums and the colleagues that are available to Boddaert.

It is very important for the progress of zoology that everybody who discovers an unknown species describes it carefully. For scholars from Belgium, England and France, the whole world is open.

After a few detailed remarks on some animals, Linnaeus tells Boddaert that he would be glad to send him the missing parts of Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
, [Linnaeus refers to the second and third volumes, ”Regnum Vegetabile” and ”Regnum Lapideum” of the 12th edition, published in 1767 and 1768], if he only knew how he could send them.

There is not a single competent painter in Uppsala, and that is why Linnaeus has not been able to produce a single true picture of a plant or an animal during the 30 years he has lived there.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam, Ms. S 12). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 292-293   p.292  p.293.