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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4250 • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaas Laurens Burman, 8 August 1769 n.s.
Dated 1769 d. 8 Augusti.. Sent from Hammarby (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Amicissime
D[omi]ne Burmanne,

Petiisti a me semina Trifolii spadicei, nescio per quem, ut sererentur in pratis pro fertili foenu. Ut votis tuis satisfacerem, profectus sum a domo mea Hamarby ad Walsatra per 2 milliaria Suecica et totum ac integrum cum sudore impendi diem, ut ea legerem et ad te mitterem, quae hic inclusa habes. Sed quomodo haec parva planta poterit augere foeni proventum, ego non capio, sed volenti et jubenti Tibi inserviam.

Adjeci aliquot semina (majora illa) pro illustriss[imo] Parente Tuo, quae serat in nemoribus et frutetis suis, cum forte non habeatis Melampyrum nemorosum; certe nulla alia magis illustrat splendi¬dissima sua coma umbrosa loca.

Vale, fave!

Dabam Hamarby 1769 d[ie] 8 Augusti.

Tuus
Car[olus] Linné.

Utraque semina debent hoc autumno seri.

upSUMMARY

Nikolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had asked Linnaeus for seeds of Trifolium spadiceum but he does not know where to find them since they are sown in meadows. To satisfy Burmanís wish he went two Swedish miles from Hammarby two Swedish miles to Walsatra [Linnaeus probably means Vårdsätra, not Valsätra] and spent a whole day sweating to pick them. He is sending them now, but he cannot understand how this little plant can increase the development of sowing. He will, however, obey Burmanís wish and command.

Linnaeus encloses some seeds (the bigger ones) for Burmanís father [Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
]. He should sow them in his groves. Linnaeus supposes that they do not have Melampyrum nemorosum. Nothing can light up a shady place like this with its brilliant hair.

P.S. Linnaeus says that both seeds should be sown this autumn.

upEDITIONS

1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 122 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 274-275   p.274  p.275.