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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 30 October 1773 n.s.
Dated 30 Octob. 1773. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has not heard anything from Linnaeus for several months but now he is happy at having received a letter [Linnaeus to Burman 5 October 1773Letter L4916] and seen that Linnaeus is very well. Burman, however, has been so ill that he thought that he could never write again and that he was near his end. With Godís help he has recovered and can attend to his practice and studies. In particular he elucidates exotic plants and he has received a lot of them from Ceylon this year, two boxes full with about two hundred plants. He wishes that Linnaeus could examine them together with him as well as those from Carl Peter ThunbergThunberg, Carl Peter
(1743-1828). Swedish. Botanist,
physician, explorer. Professor of
medicine and botany at Uppsala. Studied
medicine under Linnaeus in Uppsala,
medicine and surgery in Paris, natural
history under Johannes Burman in
Amsterdam. Travelled in South Africa in
1772-1775, in Japan 1775-1776, Java and
Ceylon in 1777-1778. Correspondent of
. They are, however, few and common, not quite properly dried and collected. Burman regrets that he has no duplicates to send. He has also received Cape insects from Thunberg that he has not yet examined. If there are some in duplicate he will try to send them when the climate permits next spring together with plants from his herbarium if his son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] can take them out. The latter is so busy with his practice that he has hardly two hours off and when he returns home he is so tired that he cannot study anything. He must take a rest together with his gifted wife and play with his children. He has a daughter, two and a half years old, and an incomparable son, very glad and charming, a source of joy for the whole family and especially for Burman in his old age.

Their friend Johann Christian CunoCuno, Johann Christian
(1708-1790). German. Poet, botanist and
merchant. He made a fortune in the West
Indies and settled in Holland where he
kept a botanical garden. The later years
of his life were spent in Weingarten,
near Durlach in Germany. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
died a few days ago suffering from vomiting mingled with blood due to a bad cough being plethoric gouty with hemorrhoides. Recently he moved to Haarlem due to his illness.

Burman recently received a letter to Linnaeus from Thunberg that Burman at once forwarded to Linnaeus through Daniel BalguerieBalguerie, Daniel (1733-1788).
Swedish. Swedish agent in Amsterdam,
succeeded his father Pierre Balguerie.
.The Burmans had collected money for Thunberg but unfortunately the new governor of Cape of Good Hope [Pieter Van Reede Van OudtshoornOudtshoorn, Pieter Van Rheede Van
(1714-1773). Dutch. Governor of
Cape of Good Hope, but died en route to
Cape in 1773.
] died during the journey and Thunberg did not receive the money. He will be compensated soon by the directors of the Amsterdam Botanical Garden and by other friends of botany who, at the Burmansí request, have given a large amount of money. Burman hopes that Thunberg will visit Japan, but Burman thinks he is too weak to be able to endure such a difficult and dangerous journey.

Burman and his son and his charming wife send their best regards to Linnaeus and his family. His sonís wife is very devoted to her studies and reads books every day.


a. (LS, II, 488-489). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 201-202   p.201  p.202.