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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4637 • John Hope to Carl Linnaeus, 14 March 1772 n.s.
Dated 14 Mart. 1772. Sent from Edinburgh (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Edinburgi 14 Mart[ii] 1772.

Vir illustrissime,

Ex Actis Anglicis videbis me nomen Nasmythiam rejecisse et nomen Eriocaulon decemangulare assumpsisse, quamvis Characteres obstabant. Sed has tu postea mutabis.

Societas Edinburgensis mihi commisit volumen tertium actorum ad te, ut mitterem, quod spero tuto ad te nunc perventum esse.

Quaedam e Pensylvania semina, anno 1770 collecta, ut quidem accepi ab amico Londinensi, numeris, non nominibus, notata, mitto; alia quoque semina perrecentia simul mittuntur, nominibus provincialibus insignita.

Specimen Ruppiae novae, in actorum pagina prima inclusum, mitto, cui sit si tibi placet nomen R[uppia] spiralis. En description huius plantae, quae nuper in Lacu quodam Scotiae primum inventa fuit.

Ruppia spiralis

Rad[ix] fibrosa

Caulis teres, repens, articulatus.

Folia alterna linearia plana, stipulae vaginanti insidentia.

Pedunculus erectus filiformis nudus pellucidus fragilis pedalis, apice incrassata. Seminibus maturescentibus spiraliter contortus fundum mpetit.

Fructificatio – ut in R[uppia] maritima.

Salutem plurimam optat tui, Vir Illustrissime, cultor
observantissimus
John Hope.

A Mons[ieu]r
Mons[ieu]r Le Chevalier von Linné
a
Upsale

upSUMMARY

As can be seen in the ”Actis Anglicis” [Hope refers to the Philosophical Transactions published by the Royal Society, LondonRoyal Society, London,
British. The Royal Society was founded
in Oxford in 1645 and sanctioned as a
royal society in 1662.
], John HopeHope, John (1725-1786).
British. Doctor of medicine, professor
of botany, Edinburgh. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
has rejected the name Nasmythia and designed the name Eriocaulon decemangulare instead, although there are some differences in its character. He allows Linnaeus to change it again afterwards.

Hope had been charged with the task of sending Linnaeus the third volume of “Acta Edinburgensia” [Hope presumably refers to Essays and Observations, Physical and LiteraryThe Philosophical Society of
Edinburgh,
Essays and
Observations, Physical and Literary,
Read before the Philosophical society in
Edinburgh, and published by them

(1754-)
, the transactions of The Philosophical Society of EdinburghThe Philosophical Society of
Edinburgh,
British. Founded in
1731 as the Society for the Improvement
of Medical Knowledge, from 1737 the
Edinburgh Society for improving Arts and
Sciences and particularly Natural
Knowledge, or The Philosophical Society
of Edinburgh. A first volume of their
Essays and Observations, Physical and
Literary
appeared in 1754. A second
volume appeared in 1756, and a third in
1771. In 1782 The Philosophical Society
of Edinburgh ceased and the Royal
Society of Edinburgh was founded.
, where the third volume was published in 1771], and he hopes Linnaeus has received it.

Hope sends Linnaeus some seeds collected in Pennsylvania in 1770. He has received them from a friend in London, and they are named by numbers, not by names. He sends also other seeds, recently collected, and they are named with provincial names.

A specimen of the new Ruppia is sent, enclosed in the first page of the Acta. Hope suggests the name Ruppia spiralis, and he gives a description of it. It has recently been discovered in a lake in Scotland.

Hope wishes Linnaeus all well.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, VII, 143-144). [1] [2] [3]