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Link: • Patrick Browne to Carl Linnaeus, 24 February 1771 n.s.
Dated Feb. 24th 1771. 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
had not heard from Linnaeus since he was on Montserrat. He had written a letter some months ago [Browne to Linnaeus, 7 September 1770Letter L4406] but that seems to have been lost in the mail. Browne is planning a ďFlora HibernicaĒ but needs somebody to help him to collect specimens from remote parts of the island [this work was never published]. He has collected several during a rather long journey and gone through the older literature, rearranging the species mentioned after Linnaeusís system. Browne does not agree with Linnaeusís placement of Lysimachia. He would prefer it among Anagalli.

Browne reports on his work at curing the pox by medicines containing mercury and various vegetable substances. He is also experimenting with remedies against urethral disorders. The plates of his work on Jamaica [The Civil and natural history of JamaicaBrowne, Patrick The Civil and
natural history of Jamaica: in three
parts: containing, I. An accurate
description of that island [...] with a
brief account of its former and present
state, government, revenues, produce,
and trade: II. A history of the natural
productions [...] native fossils [...]:
III: An account of the nature of
climates in general, and their
different effects upon the human
(London 1756).
] were destroyed in a fire in London, when Browne was in the West Indies the last time. He has no copies of that work left, but if he manages to get hold of one he will send it to Linnaeus with some emendations. Browne asks for copies of the most recent editions of Linnaeusís works, since what he received earlier was lost in America and some of it left with young man, named van Rohen. The works he mantions are: Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
and Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio sexta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1764).
Soulsby no. 305.
and the catalogue of the Kingís museum [Browne refers to the King Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis SuecorumLinnaeus, Carl Museum S:ae
R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis
Suecorum [...] in quo animalia rariora
imprimis et exotica: quadrupedia, aves,
amphibia, pisces, insecta, vermes
describuntur et determinantur, Latine et
Suetice cum iconibus
]. He gives the names of English merchants in Stockholm Patrick FinlayFinlay, Patrick . Merchant,
and Robert FinlayFinlay, Robert (1719-1785).
Irish. Merchant. Conducted the
trading-company Finlay & Jennings in
Stockhom together with John Jennings.
and of Anthony DermottDermott, Anthony Irish.
Merchant, Dublin.
in Dublin that Linnaeus should use as contacts for materials sent. Browne is not acquainted with the flora of Europe and has some difficulty in defining what he sees. He asks for Linnaeusís help and asks to be allowed to send him some specimens of doubtful items.

Browne describes a zoophyte that he had seen in Montserrat and a strange mineral found there, which petrifies when it falls into salt water.

Browne has finished some small works on the yellow fever and on other maladies that he had come across in the West Indies. Browne also asks if Linnaeus uses the root of Senega. For some of these diseases, he had found very good remedies in local plants on the islands. Especially, a persistant cough is effectively cured with the berries of the Ekmi tree.


a. (LS, II, 207-208). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 356-359   p.356  p.357  p.358  p.359.