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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4949 • Carl Linnaeus to Carl Peter Thunberg, [15 October 1773] n.s.
Dated . Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Cape of Good Hope (South Africa). Written in Swedish.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks 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
Linnaeus.
for his “sweet” letter [presumably Thunberg to Linnaeus, 6 April 1773Letter L4835] and announces that he is now one of the great botanists of Sweden.

Bladhia will not become a new genus.

Augea is not known to Linnaeus.

Stellina, Stellera, and Stellaria are easily mixed up. Stellaria is probably the same genus as Hypoxis.

Linnaeus comments on Arabis capensis, Helonias viridis, Montina reticulate, Anthericum spirale, Adonis aethiopica and Adonis capensis, Monsonia, Anthericum speciosum, Cynoglossum capense, Penaea laterifolia, Linum Aethiopicum, Anthericum cauda felis, Geranium divaricatum.

Linnaeus describes a Cape plant sent by Thunberg he has seen at Abraham Bäck’sBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
that is a mystery to him.

He advises Thunberg to be careful in his choice of honorary plant names and only select scientists of true merit. Lars MontinMontin, Lars (1723-1785).
Swedish. Physician and botanist. Studied
medicine in Uppsala under Linnaeus and
Nils Rosén von Rosenstein.
Provincial physician of the province of
Halland. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is such a botanist.

Linnaeus asks about Colpoon, Calophyllum, Syphilas, Cacalia scandens. According to Thunberg’s descriptions of the Cape, it must be Paradise. No wonder that wild Guajacum thrives there.

What sex is Brabejum?

Linnaeus suggests a new system to be created by himself, Bäck, Thunberg, Anders SparrmanSparrman, Anders (1748-1820).
Swedish. Naturalist, physician and
traveller. Disciple of Linnaeus. In 1765
he went on a voyage to China and in 1772
to the Cape of Good Hope, where he
served as a tutor. Later the same year,
Sparrman went on James Cook´s
second voyage as assistant naturalist to
Johann Reinhold Forster and his son
Johan Georg Adam Forster. After his
return to Sweden in 1776 he was
appointed keeper of the natural
historical collections of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1780. In
1787 he participated in an expedition to
West Africa. Practicing physician in
Stockholm. Author of several works, the
best known of which is his account of
his travels in South Africa and with
Cook. Son of Brita and Eric Sparrman.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Lars MontinMontin, Lars (1723-1785).
Swedish. Physician and botanist. Studied
medicine in Uppsala under Linnaeus and
Nils Rosén von Rosenstein.
Provincial physician of the province of
Halland. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, and a few others. He promises to give Thunberg from his surplus stock of plants two or three times as many as he has sent home from the Cape.

Linnaeus discusses Andromeda droseroides, Hermas, and Thesium.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (UUB, 300, 479-479v).

upEDITIONS

1. Collectio epistolarum (1792), p. 85-89 .