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Link: • Pieter Boddaert to Carl Linnaeus, 15 May 1769 n.s.
Dated Idibus Maji 1769. Sent from Utrecht (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Pieter BoddaertBoddaert, Pieter (1730?-?).
Dutch. Naturalist and physician. Friend
of Albert Schlosser, whose cabinet of
natural history objects he described.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for a letter [this letter has not come down to us] that had arrived when Boddaert happened to be in Amsterdam because of Schlosserís death. The letter had also contained seeds of Loeflingia, and Boddaert had sown some of them in sandy soil and given some to Johann David HahnHahn, Johann David (1729-1784).
Dutch. Professor of philosophy, physics
and astronomy, botany and chemistry,
Utrecht. Professor of medicine, Leiden.
. In the garden, nothing has come up so far, but in a pot that Boddaert has placed outdoors something has appeared that neither Boddaert nor Burmann, whom he has consulted, can understand. Boddaert describes and depicts it and asks Linnaeus if it really is the Loeflingia.

Boddaert regrets that he had not succeeded in obtaining a copy of Christian SeppísSepp, Christian German.
Cpperplate engraver, who settled in
work [Beschouwing der wonderen GodsSepp, Christian Beschouwing
der wonderen Gods in de minstgeachte
schepzelen. Of nederlandsche insecten,
naar hunne aanmerkelyke huishouding,
verwonderlyke gedaantwisseling en andere
wetenswaaerdige byzonderheden

(Amsterdam, 1762).
] for Linnaeus, but it is not available through the bookstores. Boddaert has offered a high price, though. When Schlosserís library is sold, a copy will be available there.

Boddaert would have sent Linnaeus a copy of the picture of the lizard mentioned in an earlier letter [Boddaert refers to the Lacerta pteronura depicted in Johannis Alberti Schlosser [...] Epistola ad virum expertissimum, peritissimumque Ferdinandum Dejean [...] De lacerta Amboinensi [...]Schlosser, Johann Albert
Johannis Alberti Schlosser [...]
Epistola ad virum expertissimum,
peritissimumque Ferdinandum Dejean [...]
De lacerta Amboinensi [...]

(Amsterdam, 1768)
], but he had seen that Johan Albert SchlosserSchlosser, Johann Albert
(?-1769). Dutch. Doctor of medicine,
naturalist, collector of natural history
objects. After his death a number of the
specimens in his collections were
described by Pieter Boddaert.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had set aside a copy for Linnaeus but not sent it. Boddaert has sent that one instead.

Schlosserís collection of animals, minerals and fossils will be sold at auction in July. Schlosser had given Boddaert all the duplicates in his will, and he had also asked Boddaert to establish a descriptive list of the collection. There are many rare items in that material, and Boddaert intends to describe some of them, mostly marine animals, in letters sent to prominent scholars, among them Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Wilhelm RoëllRoëll, Wilhelm
(1700-1775). Dutch. Professor of
anatomy at Amsterdam. Correspondent of
. Linnaeus will also be honoured with one of those letters. He also plans to publish these descriptions, advised by Schlosser, the two Burmans [Johannes Burman and Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] and Roell. Linnaeus will receive a copy when it is finished.

Boddaert devotes all his time to natural history, and he will be glad to help Linnaeus if Linnaeus wants something. Boddaert will be honoured to have been not just known but also of use to men like Linnaeus.


a. (LS, II, 85-86). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 298-300   p.298  p.299  p.300.