Linnaeus thanks Johannes BeckmanBeckman, Johannes (1739-1811).
German. Professor of economy,
Göttingen. After a two-year stay in
St Petersburg, he travelled in Sweden
and Denmark in 1765-1766. Correspondent
of Linnaeus. for his letter dated 1 January 1770 Letter L4336 and asks him to forward his thanks to Friedrich Wilhelm WeissWeiss, Friedrich Wilhelm
(1744-). German. Physician,
Göttingen. , whose dissertation [Plantae cryptogamicae florae GottingensisWeiss, Friedrich Wilhelm
Plantae cryptogamicae florae
Gottingensis (Göttingen, 1769). ] had been very interesting.
Weiss had used a work [Deliciae gallo-belgicae sylvestresNecker, Noël Joseph von
Deliciae gallo-belgicae sylvestres,
seu tractatus generalis plantarum
1768). ] by Noël Joseph von NeckerNecker, Noël Joseph von
(1729-1793). . Director of the
Botanical Garden in the Rhine
Palatinate. Correspondent of Linnaeus. , unknown to Linnaeus, so Linnaeus wonders where he could obtain a copy.
Linnaeus makes some detailed comments on the dissertation and on the other issues covered by Beckman in his letter.
Linnaeus promises to explain the terminology of shells, which Beckman had asked for, in a letter or in a dissertation. [The following year Linnaeus published, Fundamenta testaceologiaeLinnaeus, Carl Fundamenta
testaceologiae, diss., resp. A.
Murray (Uppsala, 1771). Soulsby no.
2405. , and in 1772 Beckman made a reprint of it, entitled Illustris Caroli a Linné Terminologia conchyliologiaeLinnaeus, Carl Illustris
Caroli a Linné Terminologia
conchyliologiae, ed. Johan Beckman
(Göttingen, 1772). Soulsby no.
Haller has published a flora of Switzerland in three parts [Linnaeus refers to the, which was published in two parts, Historia stirpium indigenarum Helvetiae inchoataHaller, Albrecht von Historia
stirpium indigenarum Helvetiae
inchoata 2 vol. (Bern, 1768) , folio, and so expensive that Linnaeus can not afford to buy it so he has to do without it.
Linnaeus has just seen Cycas flower, something he has never seen before.