Carl Linnaeus to Carl Peter Thunberg,
[31 December 1773] n.s.
L4948. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Carl Peter ThunbergCarl Peter Thunberg (1743-1828).
Linnaeus expresses his deepest gratitude for all the beautiful and rare plants Carl Peter ThunbergThunberg, Carl Peter
Linnaeus thanks Thunberg for all the bulbs he has sent home. Half of them were in a good condition, half of them decayed. He hopes they will produce beautiful flowers. Then Linnaeus will demonstrate them in public and praise Thunberg’s merits.
Linnaeus asks Thunberg for seeds of Capensis, they should grew in the garden [the Uppsala University Botanical Garden]. A parcel is on its way from Paris by boat, probably the one from the Cape of Good Hope mentioned by Thunberg in his latest letter [presumably Thunberg to Linnaeus, 28 June 1773Letter L4851].
If Thunberg finds Chrysitrix, Linnaeus asks him to study its sex and its fruit; it is reminiscent of Sisyrinchium.
Linnaeus must finish his letter here because Lars MontinMontin, Lars (1723-1785).
1. Collectio epistolarum (1792), p. 83-84 .