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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 16 January 1772 n.s.
Dated 1772 d. 16 Januarii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Wien (Austria). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus has received two letters (one of these is 25 December 1771Letter L4580) from Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
, and in addition, he gets so many birds, fishes, insects, amphibians, etc., from everywhere in the world that he does not know where to start.

Linnaeus comments on several plates, among them the following:Dolichus Soja should rather be Phaseolus Mungo. Forskåhlea is painted by Jacquin from a poor specimen, and there is a better picture made by Linnaeusís son, Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his fatherís lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeusís
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
, (Linnaeus refers to Decas prima [et secunda] plantarum rariorum horti UpsaliensisLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
Decas prima [et secunda] plantarum
rariorum horti Upsaliensis sistens
descriptiones & figuras plantarum
minus cognitarum
). Silphium: Linnaeus does not recognize the calyx of the flower, but he needs to check a botanical work before deciding anything. Ononis hircina: Linnaeus does not recognize it but makes a parallel with Ononis pubescens described in Mantissa plantarum altera, 2nd editionLinnaeus, Carl Mantissa
plantarum altera
(1766), 2nd ed.
(Stockholm 1771). Soulsby no. 312.
. Lichen elongatus is rather a variety of Lichen Islandicus. Hieracium is a species of Hypochoeris.

The Mantissa was published two months ago.

The numbers from the lists of tables in Jacquinís works have been added to the working copies of Linnaeusís works.

The new Swedish king, Gustav IIIGustav III, (1746-1792).
Swedish. Reigned 1771-1792. Son of King
Adolf Fredrik and Queen Lovisa Ulrika,
brother of Sofia Albertina and Karl
XIII. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, does not care about botanical books, but the Queen, Lovisa UlrikaLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
may be more interested. Linnaeus will approach her when she returns from Berlin next spring.

Linnaeus has got all the Austrian Cythisi but he can not see from the dried specimens that they form different species.

Linnaeus asks for seeds of Silphium terebinthinacheum, Prenanthes viminea and Drypis, for those of Drypis sent in a previous letter did not germinate.



a. original holograph (UUB, G152g). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 120-121   p.120  p.121.