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Link: • Patrick Browne to Carl Linnaeus, 7 September 1770 n.s.
Dated Septr 7th 1770. Sent from Dublin (Ireland) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.


Patrick BrowneBrowne, Patrick (1720-1790).
Irish. Botanist who made six voyages to
the West Indies. In 1756 he published
The Civil and natural history of
(1756). Correspondent of
has not heard from Linnaeus for some years. He has suffered from gout and has been very busy arranging his affairs, so he has not had much time for other things.

Browne has returned to Europe and hopes to stay there for the rest of his life.

Browne has made some excursions in his surroundings, and he describes two plants that he cannot quite define. One is an Anthericum; Browne has no idea about the other, and he gives a short description in English.

Browne is working at a small tract on the venereal disease [this work was never published]. He has found that mercury mixed with rhubarb and other vegetable substances, taken with very little water, is useful.

Since the booksellers in Dublin do not have any of Linnaeusís works, Browne asks Linnaeus to send him Systema naturae, 12th edition Linnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
, Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio sexta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1764).
Soulsby no. 305.
and Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
. The address of a merchant Anthony DermottDermott, Anthony Irish.
Merchant, Dublin.
in Dublin is given for the package, since Browne does not have a permanent address yet.

Browne has not approached any scholars, but he is afraid that there are not very many of them.

Browne will investigate what merchants have regular contacts with Sweden, so that he can communicate more directly with Linnaeus.


a. (LS, II, 205-206). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 355-356   p.355  p.356.