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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Pieter Boddaert, 8 November 1768 n.s.
Dated 1768 d. 8 Novembris. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Utrecht (Netherlands). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus thanks Pieter BoddaertísBoddaert, Pieter (1730?-?).
Dutch. Naturalist and physician. Friend
of Albert Schlosser, whose cabinet of
natural history objects he described.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
heartily for his letter [Boddaert to Linnaeus, 2 October 1768Letter L4166] although he is not sure he can answer with similar favours. He is especially glad that he can use Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
as a contact, and the works by Voet and Sepp are almost new to him: Linnaeus has two illustrations from Johannes Eusebius VoetísVoet, Johannes Eusebius
(?-1778). Dutch. Zoologist.
work [Catalogus systematicus ColeopterorumVoet, Johannes Eusebius
Catalogus systematicus
(Den Haag, 1766).
], that is all, and he has not heard of Christian SeppSepp, Christian German.
Cpperplate engraver, who settled in

Linnaeus is surprised at Boddaertís drawing of the Cancer with what he understands as its large beak. Linnaeus admits that it could also be understood as a tail.

Linnaeus thanks Boddaert for his remarks on two species of Isis that Linnaeus had placed in the wrong genus.

Linnaeus describes two new plants, the Dionaea which captures insects by its leaves, and a Calceolaria.

Linnaeus congratulates Boddaert on his engraver, a contact that Linnaeus has never had in Uppsala.

Linnaeus gives Boddaert the address of Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
] that he should use for his letters to Linnaeus. If letters are addressed elsewhere, they are easily lost.

Boddaert should tell Burman that Linnaeus will send him an answer to a recent letter as soon as there is a ship that can take it.

P.S. Linnaeus asks Boddaert the name of the professor of botany at Utrecht and if Boddaert could contact that person on Linnaeusís behalf. He also asks Boddaert if he happens to have seeds of Loosa or Ortiga, which Linnaeus is looking for all over Europe. Linnaeus already has a dried specimen.


a. original holograph (Koninklijke Bibliotheek, national library of the Netherlands, The Hague, manuscript collection, KW 121 D 11, nr. 42). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 295-296   p.295  p.296.