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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 6 April 1774 n.s.
Dated 1774 April 6. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Wien (Austria). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus has been in Stockholm for six weeks, busy with the Royal Commission for translating the Bible into Swedish. Now, back in Uppsala, he at last answers the letter of 27 February 1774Letter L4960.

Most is affirmative, and just a few go more into detail: Linnaeus agrees that 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.
Laserpitium trilobum is not similar to his, so it should be a new species. As to Gentiana ciliata, Linnaeus still thinks the differences are just variations within the species. He has several variants from different parts of Europe, and one from Italy is very similar to the one in Jacquin’s collection. Hedysarum alpinum is what Linnaeus calls Hedysarum obscurum Linnaeus indicates the salient details for the identification.



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