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Link: • James Gordon to Carl Linnaeus, 27 May 1771 n.s.
Dated May 27. 1771. Sent from London (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.


James GordonGordon, James (1708-1780).
British. Gardener to James Sherard at
Eltham and then to Lord Petre at
Thorndon. After that he founded a
nursery at Bow and run a seed shop in
London. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
writes to tell Linnaeus that he has sent the plants listed on the next page as well as a Lonicera that Erhet [Georg Dionysius Ehret Ehret, Georg Dionysius
(1710-1770). German/British. Botanical
illustrator. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], before his death, had promised Linnaeus. Erhet had also promised to send seeds of a plant from the southern-most parts of America that Linnaeus particularly wanted. Gordon asks Linnaeus to send the name of the plant and writes that he will try his utmost to find it. Gordon writes that John EllisEllis, John (1711-1776).
British. Merchant and naturalist, expert
on zoophytes. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has told him that Linnaeus would like to receive a specimen of the Hypericum latianthus. Gordon is much honoured by naming that plant after him. Gordon will be pleased to send any plants Linnaeus would like. Gordon asks Linnaeus to tell him in what condition the plants have arrived in Uppsala.

There is a list of 12 plants.

Gordon writes that the plants are packed in five matted baskets by Captain Nasher’sNasher, British?.
shipman WinbergWinberg, Swedish?. Shipsman. . Gordon also writes that the leaves of two sorts of Thea and blossom of a very dwarf new shrub are enclosed.


a. original holograph (LS, V, 81-82). [1] [2] [3]