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Link: • Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin to Carl Linnaeus, 10 September 1764 n.s.
Dated X die Septembris 1764. Sent from Schemnitz (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
has received just one letter (probably 20 August 1764Letter L3434, see 23 September 1764Letter L3446) from Linnaeus during all the time since he left Vienna a year earlier. He has sent several letters to Linnaeus, and he has sent plants both through Christian Friis RottböllRottböll, Christian Friis
(1727-1797). Danish. Botanist and
physician. Professor of medicine at
Copenhagen. Linnaeusís student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and in other ways. Laurens Theodor GronoviusGronovius, Laurens Theodor
(1730-1777). Dutch. Naturalist. Senator
of Leiden. Son of Johan Frederik
Gronovius. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had told him that he had forwarded material to Linnaeus last May. No answer has come.

Jacquin does not understand the cause of this silence. He does not want to believe what others had told him, that Linnaeus was apt to be negligent with old pen-friends and more eager to receive things than to give anything back. He says so frankly, an honest man as he is, since he really does not want to believe it.

However, if Linnaeus plans to break the contact with Jacquin, he should say so, since Jacquin thinks he merits that kind of treatment.

Jacquinís other correspondence works very well, with all other partners. So Jacquin sends this letter, which he fears will be the last, and asks for an explanation of Linnaeusís silence. He also wants answers to all the questions he has put in his earlier letters.



a. (LS, VII, 257-258). [1] [2] [3]