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Link: • Pieter Boddaert to Carl Linnaeus, 18 April 1775 n.s.
Dated 18 Aprilis 1775. Sent from Utrecht (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Pieter Boddaert’sBoddaert, Pieter (1730?-?).
Dutch. Naturalist and physician. Friend
of Albert Schlosser, whose cabinet of
natural history objects he described.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has waited for three years for a confirmation that Linnaeus had received a number of publications that Boddaert had sent to him [Boddaert to Linnaeus, 15 MarchLetter L4479 and 6 August 1771Letter L4536]. Boddaert hopes that Linnaeus can write him a letter or send him information through WadströmWadström, Swedish. . If Linnaeus has not received them and they were lost in the mail, Boddaert can send another set, together with what Linnaeus wants of Johannes Eusebius Voet’sVoet, Johannes Eusebius
(?-1778). Dutch. Zoologist.
pictures of scarabs [Boddaert refers presumably to Catalogus systematicus ColeopterorumVoet, Johannes Eusebius
Catalogus systematicus
(Den Haag, 1766).
]. Now, 36 plates of those have appeared.

Boddaert has seen and read Systema vegetabiliumLinnaeus, Carl Systema
vegetabilium secundum classes, ordines,
genera, species, cum characteribus et
, ed. J. A. Murray
(Göttingen, 1774). Soulsby no. 573.
. Boddaert gives some news: Pieter CramerCramer, Pieter (1721-1776).
Dutch. Merchant in Spanish wool with a
great interest in butterflies.
has begun to publish a new work on butterflies De uitlandsche kapellenCramer, Pieter De uitlandsche
kapellen voorkomende in de drie
waereld-deelen Asia, Africa en
(Amsterdam, 1779-1782).
, and Boddaert is helping him. Boddaert has begun to publish Systema naturae in Flemish [Kortbegrip van het zamenstel der naturLinnaeus, Carl & Pieter Boddaert
Kortbegrip van het zamenstel der
(Utrecht, 1772-1773).
], complemented by some new species, but the first copies were so full of misprints that they were useless. Boddaert will send Linnaeus a manuscript version of his additions.

Boddaert has some plans for publications on fungi and on animal physiology, mainly compiled from works by Linnaeus, Albrecht von Haller and Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[this plan was probably never realized]. Job BasterBaster, Job (1711-1775).
Dutch. Naturalist, doctor of medicine,
Leiden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is dead, but the two Burman [Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and his son Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeus’s pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] live, like Wilhelm RoellRoëll, Wilhelm
(1700-1775). Dutch. Professor of
anatomy at Amsterdam. Correspondent of
, and they send their regards. Arnout VosmaerVosmaer, Arnout (1720-1799).
Dutch. Director of the cabinet of
natural history of the prince of Orange
at the Hague. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is publishing rare things from the prince’s collections [Allgemene natuurkundige en historische BeschryvingVosmaer, Arnout Allgemene
natuurkundige en historische Beschryving
der zeldzaamste en
verwonderens-waardigste schepsel in der
(Amsterdam, 1776-1787).
]. Christian Sepp’sSepp, Christian German.
Cpperplate engraver, who settled in
work on butterflies [Beschouwing der wonderen GodsSepp, Christian Beschouwing
der wonderen Gods in de minstgeachte
schepzelen. Of nederlandsche insecten,
naar hunne aanmerkelyke huishouding,
verwonderlyke gedaantwisseling en andere
wetenswaaerdige byzonderheden

(Amsterdam, 1762).
] has been interrupted. Martinus SlabberSlabber, Martinus (1741-1835).
Dutch. Naturalist.
goes on with his publications of what he sees in the microscope [Boddaert refers to Natuurkundige verlustigingenSlabber, Martinus
Natuurkundige verlustigingen,
behelzende microscopise waarneemingen
van in- en uitlandse water- en
(Haarlem, 1769-1778).
]. Boddaert can not write more for the moment but will soon send Linnaeus more with drawings of some animals. The letter ends with a new demand for an answer from Linnaeus.


a. (LS, II, 97-98). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 311-313   p.311  p.312  p.313.