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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 20 April 1773 n.s.
Dated 1773 d. 20 April. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Wien (Austria). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus has received Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin’sJacquin, 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.
letter of 6 March 1773Letter L4821.

Linnaeus states that he has answered the questions on Orobus pannonicus and Scandix infesta, to which Jacquin said he still waits for answers. He is sure he referred Jacquin to the Acta Petropolitana, (Linnaeus refers to Novi commentarii academiae scientiarum imperialis Petropolitanae ), for the Scandix.

Linnaeus can not determine Selinum austriacum from the plate alone; there are so many species of Selinum, so only Jacquin who has them as living specimens can distinguish between them.

Linnaeus will show the librarian, Berge FrondinFrondin, Berge (1718-1783).
Swedish. Doctor of history and political
science at Uppsala. Librarian at the
university library.
, of the Uppsala University what Jacquin wrote on the books sent and the payments. It seems that also Linnaeus was not quite satisfied with the general management of the book acquisition process in Uppsala or with agents: sometimes money was sent or requested but no books were delivered. – However, Jacquin can be sure that if books arrive, they will be paid for.

Linnaeus encloses some seeds to be sown outdoors. He asks a question on Jacquin’s specimen of Doronicum.



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


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 130-131   p.130  p.131.