Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaas Laurens Burman,
24 March 1769 n.s.
L4194. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Nicolaas Laurens BurmanNicolaas Laurens Burman (1734-1793).
Linnaeus is delighted at having received Nikolaas Laurens BurmanísBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Linnaeus is grateful for the seeds that Burman sent. They will refresh the old man with their flowers this summer. Amaryllis bulbisperma grows well. None of the bulbs that Burman sent has flowers this spring. Linnaeus has not yet seen a Brunswigia flowering.
Pieter BoddaertBoddaert, Pieter (1730?-?).
Linnaeus congratulates Burman on his excellent appointments, and he hopes that God will give him the strength to fulfil his obligations.
Linnaeus suggests that Burman chooses material for his inaugural address from progress in botany during this century. He can start where Petrus HottonHotton, Petrus (1648-1709).
If Burman sends his Cape flora before it is published [Linnaeus refers to the section in Flora IndicaBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Linnaeus has been busy with the Cape Ericae for a fortnight. He once received most of them from Burmanís father and he has divided them into groups and subgroups. He gives examples.
No Cape genus is larger or more difficult than Ericae and Gnaphalia. Therefore very reliable observations are necessary. Adriaan van RoyenRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Linnaeusís son[Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
Linnaeus sends his regards to all his botanical friends, in particular Burmanís father.