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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5052 • Carl Linnaeus to Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien, 14 November 1774 n.s.
Dated 14 Nov. 1774. Sent from () to (). Written in Swedish.

Min Herre.

Jag har sedt genom H[err] Prof[essor] Bergius, det D[octo]r Thunberg skrifwit om den nya Swampen och Rothmannia från Cap[ut] b[onae] sp[ei].

Observationen om Swampen beder jag ej må sändas till mitt genomläsande, ty jag har ej sedt honom.

Hans namn äfter Trägårdsmästare, Aitonia, Massonia, ja sjelfwa Rothmannia, innan de wisat mera in arte, lärer jag knapt uptaga; Academien giör, hwad hon will i sitt, det står i des behag.

C[arl] Linne.

d[en] 14 Nov[embris] 1774.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus writes to the Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
, i.e., Pehr WilhelmWargentinWargentin, Pehr Wilhelm
(1717-1783). Swedish. Astronomer and
statistician. Secretary of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1749.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] that he has through Petter Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeus’s student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
been informed that 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.
has written about a new fungus [Linnaeus refers to the "Beskrifning pa en ganska besynnerlig och obekant svamp, Hydnora africana"Thunberg, Carl Peter
"Beskrifning pa en ganska
besynnerlig och obekant svamp,
Hydnora africana, ifran Goda
Hoppets Udde i Africa",
KVAH, 36 (1775), 69-75.
] and Rothmannia [Linnaeus refers to the “Rothmannia, ett nytt örte-genus”Thunberg, Carl Peter
“Rothmannia, ett nytt örte-genus;
funnet och beskrifwit af Carl Peter
Thunberg”, KVAH, 37 (1776),
65-68.
] from the Cape of Good Hope.

He does not wish to examine the observation about the fungus.

Linnaeus is doubtful about naming it after Aitonia [after William Aiton Aiton, William (1731-1793).
British. Curator of the Royal Botanic
Gardens, Kew. Correspondent of Linnaeus
the Younger.
], Massonia [after Francis MassonMasson, Francis (1741-1805).
British. Botanist and gardener. Went to
Cape in 1771 or 1772 and to Madeira,
Canary Islands, the Azores and the
Antilles in 1776. In 1783 he collected
plants for Kew Gardens in Portugal and
at the Cape. He died in Canada.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] or Rothmannia, their merits are not yet good enough. He leaves, however, the decision with the Academy.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. contemporary copy (KVA, Bergius, XVII, 64). [1]

upEDITIONS

1. Svenska arbeten (1878), vol. 1, p. 448-449   p.448  p.449.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1908), vol. I:2, p. 353   p.353.