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Link: • Anna Blackburne to Carl Linnaeus, 14 October 1771 n.s.
Dated Octr ye 14th 1771. Sent from Orford (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.


Anna BlackburneBlackburne, Anna (1726-1793).
British. Naturalist and collector of
specimens. Daughter of John Blackburne
and sister of Ashton Blackburne.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
reports that she has sent a small box to Linnaeus, containing birds and insects. She mentions the name of the ship and its master.

Blackburne has received a letter from Linnaeus [Linnaeus to Blackburne, 28 July 1771Letter L6298]. She mentions that she was present at an incident that Linnaeus had described to her.

Blackburne mentions that several British women are fond of plants, but the only one she knows who has studied them scientifically is Anne MonsonMonson, Anne (1727-1776).
British. Amateur botanist, wife of
Colonel George Monson, and disciple of
James Lee. Travelled to Calcutta, where
she died. On the way to India she stayed
in the Cape of Good Hope, where she met
with Carl Peter Thunberg.
. Blackburne herself has acquired the Systema naturae [Blackburne refers presumably to the 12th edition, Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
] and studied it with some difficulty, since she did not know any Latin when she began, four or five years earlier. Blackburne’s father [John BlackburneBlackburne, John (1693-1786).
British. Horticulturist of Orford Hall,
Warrington, England. Father of Anna
Blackburne and Ashton Blackburne.
] has a fine collection of plants, but since he is 73 years old, he has not learnt Linnaeus’s system so Blackburne has little help from him.

Blackburne wishes she could send Linnaeus a new species, which Linnaeus could name after her. She has a nice collection of stuffed birds, shells, insects, fish and fossils, and her brother in America contributes to it.

Through a friend of theirs, Blackburne had heard that Joseph BanksBanks, Joseph (1743-1820).
British. Naturalist, president of the
Royal Society. Together with Daniel
Solander he took part in Cook’s first
voyage. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Daniel SolanderSolander, Daniel (1707-1786).
Swedish. Professor of Law, Uppsala.
Married to Anna Margareta Solander.
Brother of Carl Solander and uncle to
Daniel Solander. Correspondent of
had collected 1,000 new species of plants, 150 birds, 200 fish, 50 insects, 20 quadrupeds and several shells and corals. However, Blackburne is confident that Linnaeus has received a more detailed account through his own network.

P. S. Blackburne asks for confirmation that the box has arrived and some comments on the contents.


a. original holograph (LS, II, 49-50). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 286-287   p.286  p.287.