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Link: • Nicolaas Laurens Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 22 September 1768 n.s.
Dated 22 Sept: 1768. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is very pleased at having received Linnaeusís letter dated 14 July 1768Letter L4096 where he could see that Linnaeus liked his Flora [Burman refers to his Flora IndicaBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Flora Indica: cui accedit series
zoophytorum Indicorum, nec non prodromus
florae Capensis
(Leiden &
Amsterdam, 1768).
] and that he had made commented on errors in the book.

Burman has added a dried specimen of Iresine javanica and seeds so that next year Linnaeus can see from a live plant if it belongs to the genus Achyranthes. The seeds from Hyoscyami Scopoli that Linnaeus sent have begun to germinate. Burman is grateful and hopes that Linnaeus will send more rare seeds in the future.

Burman has delivered some Cape bulbs to Daniel BalguerieBalguerie, Daniel (1733-1788).
Swedish. Swedish agent in Amsterdam,
succeeded his father Pierre Balguerie.
to be sent by the first ship, and some dried specimens with numbers, recently arrived from the Cape. Some of them are undoubtedly rare. Burman asks Linnaeus to add the names to the numbers so that he can use them when he expands his Cape flora next spring. Burman hopes that Linnaeus will not give the names to Peter Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeusís student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
or anyone else as Bergius could use them in an appendix to his book. Burman had a letter from him three days ago where he asked for dried Indian or African specimens and offered Burman his book [Burman refers to Descriptiones plantarum ex Capite bonae speiBergius, Petter Jonas
Descriptiones plantarum ex Capite
bonae spei, cum differentiis specificis,
nominibus trivialibus et synonymis
auctorum justis secundum systema sexuale
et autopsia concinnatae et sollicite
(Stockholm, 1767).

Burman wonders if Linnaeus could examine ways to sell his iFlora Indica in Sweden. The bookseller Lars SalviusSalvius, Lars (1706-1773).
Swedish. Printer, bookseller, publisher.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
could trade it for other books with the bookseller WetsteinWetstein, Dutch. Publisher. . The price is seven Dutch florins and 300 copies have been printed.


a. (LS, II, 528-529). [1] [2] [3]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 94 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 255-256   p.255  p.256.