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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4147 • Carl Linnaeus to Gottlieb Carl Springsfeld, 20 December 1768 n.s.
Dated 1768 d. 20 Decembr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Weissenfels (Germany). Written in Latin.

L4147. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish. to Gottlieb Carl SpringsfeldGottlieb Carl Springsfeld (?-?). ?.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, 20 December 1768 n.s.

Viro Nobilissimo Consultissimoque
D[omi]no D[octo]ri SPRINGSFELD
Consiliario aulico
S[alutem]
Car[olus] von Linné
Equ[es] aur[atus]
Arch[iater] S[erenissimi] Reg[is] Svec[orum]

Miraberis procul dubio, Vir Nobilissime, quod ego plane peregrinus et forte nomine Tibi ignotus audeam coram Te me sistere et supplicibus votis Tuam exorare gratiam. Sed quid non mortalia pectora cogit plantarum sacrarum facies?

Intellexi a D[omino] D[octore] SchreberoSchreber, Johann Christian Daniel von
(1737-1810). German. Physician
and botanist. Became doctor of medicine
at Uppsala under Linnaeus in 1760.
Professor of botany and director of the
botanical garden of Erlangen.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[1] Te felicissimum esse Possessorem Herbarii BuxbaumianiBuxbaum, Johann Christian
(1693-1730). German. Professor of
botany, St Petersburg.
, in quo occurrunt plantae quam plurimae rarissimae et a nullo alio visae.

Quotiescumque pervolvo centurias B[eati] Buxbaumii toties detineo in admirationem plantae Cisto affinem[a][a] : [read] affinis cent. 2. tab. 35,[2] quam nequeo ulla ratione divinare ad quod genus pertineat, et certe, si pictor fidelis fuit, debet haec planta novum omnino Genus constituere. Eo admiratio hujus me adegit, ut cogor temerarius a Te, Vir Nobilissime, mihi mutuam vel unicum exorare flosculum sub ea fide, qua decet equestris ordinis Virum, quod sanctissime jurem me eundem restituturum non tantum, sed et Tuo illustri nomine genus, si novum, designaturum. Hoc, si gratiosissime concedas, pia mente, dum vixero, te prosequar, Te colam.

Si me responso Tuo digneris, sit inscriptio Epistolae Societati Regiae Scientiarum Upsaliae et litteras certo obtinebo, cum ipse omnes Societatis litteras aperio.

Est et alia parum minus singularis planta, quae cent. 2. tab. 12. f. 1. delineatur, quae, si non sit Valerianae cujusdam nova species, ego nescio.

His vale et vive felix!

Dabam Upsaliae 1768 d[ie] 20 Decembr[is].

[address] Viro Nobilissimo / D.D. Springsfeld / Consiliario Aulico / Weissenfelsae / in / Sachsen. frei in frco Leipzig

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has heard from Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber that Gottlob Carl Springfeld now possesses Johann Christian Buxbaum’s herbarium. Linnaeus is fascinated by a plant in Buxbaum’s Plantarum minus cognitarum centuria II, tab. 35, that is akin to Cistus. Linnaeus would like to borrow this plant or have a floret from it. Linnaeus believes this plant to constitute a genus of its own. Linnaeus gives Springfeld his word as a nobleman that he will return the plant and should he create a new genus, name it after Springfeld.

There is another plant, Plantarum minus cognitarum centuria II, tab. 12., fig. 1., which Linnaeus does not recognise, unless it constitutes a new species of a Valeriana.

upMANUSCRIPTS

b. (Bibliotheca Albertina, Universitätsbibliothek, Leipzig, Nachl. 262:1.9). a. original holograph (SLS, Ms 148). [1] [2] [3]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
[read] affinis

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
See Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber’s letter to Linnaeus, 14 November 1768 n.s.Letter L4134.
2.