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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4114 • 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.

Clarissimo & Nobilissimo Viro,
Archiatro Linnaeo,
S[alutem] Pl[urimam] D[icit]
N[icolaus] L[aurentius] Burmannus.

Quantum gaudii nos affecerunt honoratissimae litterae, quas 14 Julii die ex Hamerby Tuo dare voluisti, ex quibus perspicere licuit Floram meam Tibi haud displicuisse, quodque gratiam, mihi admodum jucundam, praestabis illa, quae minus recte dicta occurrunt, annotare, mecumque communicare, ut meliorem in ordinem redigere possem.

Iresines javanicae siccum specimen et semina addidi, ut ex viva planta sequenti anno distinguere posses, num ad hoc, num ad Achyranthes genus referendum sit, licet pace Tua dictum multum differat ab ea Achyranthes specie, quam pro lanata Tua in horto possidemus.

Hyoscyami Scopoli semina, quae misisti, progerminare incipiunt, pro quibus gratiae Tibi agendae, sique in posterum rariora quaedam mittere velles, acceptissima forent, nosque Tibi multum obstrictos reperies.

Bulbos quosdam Capenses D[omi]no Balguerio tradidi, ut cum prima navi ad Te mitterentur, qui quotannis laetae in nostro praedio progerminare solent, addidique sicca quaedam nuper allata Capensium specimina numeris notata, inter quae absque dubio rara quaedam occurrunt, sique secundum numeros nomina mihi notare velis, rem facies gratissimam, et rite ea in Flora Capensi, quam vernali tempore elaborare adgredior, recensebo, ne vero antequam Flora prodierit Bergio aliique distribues, ne ejus libro appendicis loco adjungetur, quod mihi dolori foret; ante triduum litteras ab Eo habui, in quibus Indica et Africana a nobis exposcit sicca specimina, mihique Ejus libri exemplar offert.

An Bibliopola Salvius non divendere possit Flora mea Indica [sic] in Suecia, ubi tot Botanicae cultores inveniuntur, quot in ulla regione? [Si] vellet, commutare pro aliis libris posset cum Bibliopola Wetstein, cum quo commercium exercet, et cui ego justis conditionibus praebere possem; constitit nobis mille et quadringentos florenos et tercenta exemplaria tantum impressa fuerunt, divenditurque pro septem florenis Hollandicis; si data et commoda Tibi occasione cum eo de hisce agere velis, officium nobis praestabis.

Nil novi, quot scio, hisce in terris prodiit. Valeas itaque, amicissime Vir, cum conjuge et Familia, quas meo nomine, ut salutes oro, salutatusque a carissimo meo Parente. Superstitem Tibi Vitam cum animi jucunditate et prospera Valetudine absolve, nosque, qui Te ex animo Veneramur, favore Tuo prosequi nunquam dedigneris!

Dabam Amstelaedami 22 Sept[embris] 1768.

[address]
a Monsieur
Monsieur Charles Linnaeus
Archiatre du Roi, et Professeur
tres celebre
a Upsal.

upSUMMARY

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
digestae
(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.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

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