Documentation

Letters

-Search for letters
-Search in texts

Manuscripts

Editions

Links

Contact

C18

Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4819 • David de Gorter to Carl Linnaeus, 12 March 1773 n.s.
Dated 12 Martii 1773.. Sent from Wijk-bij-Duurstede (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

upSUMMARY

David de GorterGorter, David de (1707 or
1717-1783). Dutch. Botanist and
physician. Succeeded his father Johannes
de Gorter as physician-in-ordinary to
the Empress Elizabeth of Russia. Son of
Susanna de Gorter, brother of Herman
Boerhaave de Gorter. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
complains that he has written many times to Linnaeus but has received no answer. With his last letter Gorter sent his Flora Belgica [Gorter refers to the forthcoming work, not published until 1781, Flora VII provinciarum Belgii foederati indigenaGorter, David de Flora VII
provinciarum Belgii foederati
indigena
(Harlem, 1781).
].

Many misfortunes have happened. Gorter is suffering from cephalalgy. Gorterís wife [Cornelia de GorterGorter, Cornelia de
(1726-1772). Dutch. Wife of David de
Gorter, born Bucerus.
] and the eldest son [Johannes de Gorter, the YoungerGorter, the Younger, Johannes de
Dutch. Son of David de Gorter and
Cornelia de Gorter. Grandson of Johannes
de Gorter.
] have both died.

Gorter is decorating the new edition of Flora Belgica, which is in demand. He expunges all culinarian and officinal plants with exception of the indigenous ones. He adds many other plants and many observations. However, he does not want to publish his work until he knows what Linnaeus considers should be emendated in the old edition of 1767 [Flora Belgica: exhibens Plantas per Foederatum Belgium crescentesGorter, David de Flora
Belgica: exhibens Plantas per Foederatum
Belgium crescentes
(Utrecht 1767),
]. Gorter is unsure about genera and species. He considers, for example, the grass Poa to be a difficult genus. Elymus caninus and Bryonia alba are, for example, discussed.

Gorter plans to work with agrostography this year. However, there are hardly any grasses in the Dutch public gardens. Therefore, he would like to have seeds of exotic grasses from Linnaeus. He would also like to have seeds of other rare plants.

Gorter sent his description of Horologium Florae to the The Batavian Society for Experimental Philosophy in Rotterdam [Bataafsch Genootschap der Proefondervindelyke Wysbegeerte te RotterdamBataafsch Genootschap der
Proefondervindelyke Wysbegeerte te
Rotterdam,
Dutch. The Batavian
Society for Experimental Philosophy in
Rotterdam was founded in 1769.
]. If Linnaeus can add anything to this matter, Gorter would be glad to know.

Martin Wilhelm SchwenckeSchwenk, Martin Wilhelm
(1707-1785). Dutch. Physician and
professor of botany, the Hague.
has written a description of a new plant which he calls Fagelia.

Gorter has no time to write more because that very day it is possible for him to send this letter via Hamburg.

P.S. Linnaeus can send Gorter letters and things via Martin de Bruijns Libraire dans La Kalverstraat a Amsterdam.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 134-135). [1] [2] [3]