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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4320 • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaas Laurens Burman, 20 January 1770 n.s.
Dated 1770 d. 20 Jan.. Sent from Hammarby (Sweden) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Clarissime D[omi]ne Professor,
Amice candidissime,

Dixi in ultimis me multas accepisse plantas Capenses a Gallis collectas, dum Astronomi ibi haerebant; harum rariores in altera pagina notavi, quae antea mihi ignotae fuere, quas examinavi et ad Genera retuli cum differentiis. Si me vivo Floram Tuam Capensem edas, possum his augere tuum catalogum, adeoque oro, ne differas, cum Senectus mea non cessat currere cursum suum.

In demonstrando plantas sequor methodum datam in Syst[ematis] nat[urae] 2 pag. 12ó21:

Theoria Generis, speciei criticae.
Descriptio Herbae et Fructificationis.
Statio, regio, solum.
Tempus germinationis, Frondescentiae.
Calendarium, Horologium, Somnus,
Duratio.
Qualitas saporis, odoris, inde vires.
Usus Medices.
ó Oeconomicus, praesertim Pan et Pandora.
ó Officinalis: praeparata, dosis etc.

Saluta venerandum Patrem Tuum et vive felix!

Scripsi raptim Hamarby 1770 d[ie] 20 Jan[uarii]

Car[olus] Linné.

upSUMMARY

In his last letter to Nikolaas Laurens BurmanísBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
father [Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] Linnaeus wrote [Linnaeus to Johannes Burman, 20 december 1769Letter L4303] that he had received a lot of Cape plants from some French astronomers who had been staying there. He has written down the rarest ones on a separate page. If he is still alive when Burman publishes his Cape flora he can add these to Burmanís catalogue [Burmanís work on the Cape flora was added to his Flora IndicaBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Flora Indica: cui accedit series
zoophytorum Indicorum, nec non prodromus
florae Capensis
(Leiden &
Amsterdam, 1768).
which was published in 1768]. Therefore he asks Burman not to delay his flora since he is in the autumn of his life.

In his demonstrations of plants Linnaeus follows his method in Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
, 2, pp 12-21.

Linnaeus sends his best regards to Burmanís father.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA, Linnť Burmannus, 1601-1603). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 127-130 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 277-279   p.277  p.278  p.279.