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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaas Laurens Burman, 24 March 1769 n.s.
Dated 24 Martii 1769. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus is delighted at having received Nikolaas Laurens BurmanísBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letter dated 3 March1769 Letter L4203. Just as he was frightened to read the letter from Burmanís father [Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] about the sonís illness [Johannes Burman to Linnaeus, 20 January 1769Letter L4223], so he was delighted to see that he had recovered , and he sincerely wishes that he will have good health.

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?-?).
Dutch. Naturalist and physician. Friend
of Albert Schlosser, whose cabinet of
natural history objects he described.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
seems to be an honourable man. Linnaeus is grateful for the book on scarabs that Boddaert sent and which he hopes to receive soon through Burman [see Burman to Linnaeus, 10 April 1769Letter L4204].

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).
Dutch. Professor of Botany, Leiden.

If Burman sends his Cape flora before it is published [Linnaeus refers to the section in Flora IndicaBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Flora Indica: cui accedit series
zoophytorum Indicorum, nec non prodromus
florae Capensis
(Leiden &
Amsterdam, 1768).
, which deals with plants in this area] Linnaeus promises to take care of it.

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).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
promised to do that once, but he did not.

Linnaeusís son[Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his fatherís lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeusís
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
] is well. He has not yet married. He has succeeded Linnaeus in his duties, but Linnaeus teaches botany at the university in winter, his son in summer.

Linnaeus sends his regards to all his botanical friends, in particular Burmanís father.


a. original holograph (KVA, Linnť Burmannus, 1501-1504). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 120-122 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 270-272   p.270  p.271  p.272.