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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4211 • John Hope to Carl Linnaeus, 6 April 1769 n.s.
Dated 6 Aprilis 1769. Sent from Edinburgh (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Vir Optime,

Doleo quod non sint mihi Semina Americana, quae ad te mittam. Omnia perierunt hoc anno praeter pauca nullius pretii.

Specimen Plantae novae ad te mitto cum figura et description ni fallor fidelibus. Ad nullum tuorum Generum referre possum. Est meo quidem judicio genus novum, cui enixe precor licitum sit mihi Nomen Nasmythia articulate imponere, ut nomen Iacobi de Nasmyth, Equitis aurat[i], rei herbariae peritissimi, tui cultoris devotissimi, apud posteros remaneat.

Astragali quoque rari specimen mitto. An sit uralensis an alia dubius haereo.

Pulchram satis delineationem impressam Agaves Americanae, quae in horto nostro floruit, itidem mitto.

Ut diu floreas, Botanices Princeps, Patriae Decus, enixe precatur cultor tui devotissimus
John Hope

Dab[am] Edinburgi 6 Aprilis
1769.

Nasmythia articulate.
A. Squama calycis communis.
Flosc[ulus] Femineus
B. Squama quae singulis flosculis femineis adstat.
C. Foliola duo perianthii proprii flosculum femineum tegentia.
DD. Eadem e situ naturali remota
E. Pars germinis
F. Petala
GG. Petala e situ naturali remota
H. Pericarpium
I. Stylus
K. Stygmata
L. Pericarpium transverse sectum
M. Semina
Flosc[ulus] masculus
N. Squama quae singulis flosculis masculis adstat
O. Foliola duo perianthii
P. Petalum
R. Petalum apertum ut insertion staminum apereat
S. Petalum staminibus remotis
T. Stamen

upSUMMARY

John HopeHope, John (1725-1786).
British. Doctor of medicine, professor
of botany, Edinburgh. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
is sorry that he cannot send Linnaeus any American seeds. All he had were destroyed, except for a few uninteresting ones.

Hope sends Linnaeus a specimen of a new plant together with a drawing and a description [fol. 140]. He cannot refer to any plant in Genera plantarum [it is unclear which edition Hope here refers to, the last one was Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio sexta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1764).
Soulsby no. 305.
], so he thinks it is a new species. He suggests Nasmythia articulate as its name, in honour of James NasmythNasmyth, James (c.1704-1779).
Scottish. Baronet, politician, botanist.
a Scottish nobleman, an experienced botanist and a lover of Linnaeus.

Hope sends also a specimen of a rare Astragalus, and he is uncertain if it is uralensis or another species.

Hope sends also a nice printed drawing of an American Agave, which had flowered in his garden.

Hope wishes Linnaeus a long life.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, VII, 140, 141-142). [1] [2] [3]