Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Burman,
22 February 1770 n.s.
L4341. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Johannes BurmanJohannes Burman (1707-1779). Dutch.
Yesterday Linnaeus received Johannes BurmanísBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
No one possesses more dried plants than Linnaeus and Burman, and Burman far more from India and Africa. How much Linnaeus would like to see Burmanís treasure if the distance permitted.
Linnaeus does not know how to thank Burman for the parts of the rare plant that he sent. Linnaeus calls the plant Hermas and he describes it.
Linnaeus has not heard about the indices, Amboinensis and Malabaricus [the books referred to in Burmanís letter were the IndexBurman, Johannes Index alter
After the publication of the third part of Systema naturae (on stones) [Linnaeus refers to the ĒRegnum LapideumĒ, published in 1768, of the Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
Amboina is the richest part of the world for rare fishes, but very few are known. Linnaeus and all the worldís scientists wish that Burman could publish them with illustrations. No one else has more fishes of that kind than Burman. Linnaeus wishes that he could stay with him a fortnight and work.
Linnaeus asks for Malabar and Amboina plants that he could examine and then return the descriptions.
Linnaeus wonders if Burman has a Cape plant with sword-like leaves etc. Linnaeus has a dried specimen but he cannot quite understand the fructification.
Linnaeus describes three other new Cape genera.
In the future Burman should write to Linnaeus under the address of the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Linnaeus would like to see one flower of Peltaria. He encloses a Calceolaria.