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Link: • Pieter Boddaert to Carl Linnaeus, 6 August 1771 n.s.
Dated MDCCLXXI 6 Augusti. Sent from Utrecht (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Pieter Boddaert’sBoddaert, Pieter (1730?-?).
Dutch. Naturalist and physician. Friend
of Albert Schlosser, whose cabinet of
natural history objects he described.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
would have answered Linnaeus long ago [the letter Boddaert apparently received from Linnaeus has not come down to us], but he has waited for Johannes Eusebius Voet’sVoet, Johannes Eusebius
(?-1778). Dutch. Zoologist.
Coleoptera [Catalogus systematicus ColeopterorumVoet, Johannes Eusebius
Catalogus systematicus
(Den Haag, 1766).
], which he has received at last and sends in this letter, together with the other small works.

Boddaert had promised Linnaeus a copy of a letter he had written against Philipp Ludwig Statius Müller’sMüller, Philipp Ludwig Statius
(1725-1776). Dutch. Professor of
natural history, Erlangen.
. This Müller is not the Dane [Otto Frederik MüllerMüller, Otto Frederik
(1730-1784). Danish. Zoologist.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] that Linnaeus had supposed but a Dutchman, professor in Erlangen. In that letter, Linnaeus will see that Boddaert does not agree with him on the true nature of corals [Boddaert refers to his earlier mentioning of his critical response to Dubia coralliorum origini animali oppositaMüller, Philipp Ludwig Statius
Dubia coralliorum origini
animali opposita
(Erlangen, [1770]).
, entitled Brief [...] aan den schryver der bedenkingen over den dierlyken oorsprong der koraalgewassenBoddaert, Pieter Brief [...]
aan den schryver der bedenkingen over
den dierlyken oorsprong der

With some hesitation, and after reminding Linnaeus that Linnaeus had wanted comments and also forbidden his successors to take his words for granted, Boddaert gives a long list of details where he does not agree with the zoological part of Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
[Boddaert refers to the first volume, ”Regnum Animale”, published in 1766]. His comments refer both to descriptions, definitions and citations of earlier works by various scholars. In the botanical part [Boddaert refers to the second volume, “Regnum Vegetabile”], however, Boddaert has nothing or very little to comment.

Boddaert is eager to obtain the second Mantissa [Boddaert refers to Mantissa plantarum altera, 2nd ed.Linnaeus, Carl Mantissa
plantarum altera
(1766), 2nd ed.
(Stockholm 1771). Soulsby no. 312.
]. He has received the latest edition of Systema [naturae], printed in Vienna and similar to edition 12 with a list of errata but he has found differences between that and a thirteenth edition that is cited in a major encyclopaedia [Boddaert refers to the Systema naturae, 13th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 13th edition (Vienna 1767).
Soulsby no. 116.
]. Boddaert tries to reconcile that with his copy of Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio sexta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1764).
Soulsby no. 305.
but that is difficult, and Boddaert does not understand nor like the method of additions.

Boddaert has on Burman’s initiative become a member of the Leopoldinisch-Carolinische Akademie der NaturforscherLeopoldinisch-Carolinische Akademie
der Naturforscher,
German. The
Leopoldine-Caroline Academy of
naturalists was founded in 1652 in
Schweinfurt, Germany. From 1670 it
published the Miscellanea curiosa
medico-physica Academiae naturae
curiosorum sive Ephemerides
, often just called
Ephemerides, the first medical
and natural history periodical.
where Linnaeus is also a member, so Boddaert can now call Linnaeus a colleague.

The letter ends with Boddaert’s wish that the exchange of letters can continue and that Linnaeus sends him a dried specimen of Dionaea if he has a duplicate.


a. (LS, II, 95-96). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 307-310   p.307  p.308  p.309  p.310.