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Link: • Carl Peter Thunberg to Carl Linnaeus, 15 June 1775 n.s.
Dated 15 Junii 1775. Sent from Jakarta (Indonesia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


After a pleasant ten weeks’ voyage from the Cape, 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
has now arrived in Batavia and spent one month there. He will soon proceed to Japan where he will stay for a year.

Before his departure from the Cape, Thunberg sent plants, seeds, birds, bulbs, and other items to Linnaeus. He hopes they have arrived safely. It will be difficult to send anything from his present whereabouts. Thunberg is enclosing a description of a new genus which he asks Linnaeus to forward to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
]in Stockholm [published a year later in, "Beskrifning på et nytt Örte-genus, kalladt Rademachia"Thunberg, Carl Peter
"Beskrifning pä et nytt
Örte-genus, kalladt Rademachia,
hvilket redan utaf Rumphius blifvit
afritadt och, fastän ofullkomligen
beskrifvit; men nu efter sexual-methoden
noga undersökt", KVAH,
37 (1776), 250-255.
]. He has named it after his first East Indian benefactor, a person who will soon take his seat at the Board of India [Indiska Rådet] [Thunberg refers to Jacob Cornelis Matthias RadermacherRadermacher, Jacob Cornelis Matthias
(1742-1783). Dutch. Bailiff of
the city of Batavia. Correspondent of
]. Thunberg wishes Linnaeus to promote it. When his sojourn in Japan is over, he will send everything of interest to Linnaeus. Perhaps he will return directly to Europe unless there will be an opportunity to visit Ternate, or some other place in India.


a. original holograph (LS, XV, 293-294). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]