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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5211 • John Hope to Carl Linnaeus, 18 April 1776 n.s.
Dated Die XVIII Aprilis 1776. Sent from Edinburgh (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Edinburgi Die XVIII Aprilis 1776.

Vir Optime,

Anno elapso Praefectus Senatusque Insulae Jamaicae hortum Botanicum amplissimum duobus in locis hujus beatae terrae condiderunt, unum situ humili aprico, 70 jugera continens, alterum situ elevato, ubi calor semper moderatus adest, 50 jugera continens.

Hoc facto ad me Epistolae missae fuerunt rogantes, ut quoniam primus hanc rem Praefecto, Sir Basil Kieth, movebam, idoneum et bene instructum Juvenem mitterem, his hortis praeficere, hujus Insulae plantas, Animalia, Lapides investigare, describere et delinare.

Ego Doctorem Thomam Clarke, juvenem instructissimum et optimae spei selegi et finitis quae indicare volui ad amicos Londini primum, dein Parisiis et Hollandiae misi. Denique ad te nunc mitto, ut ultimum a tuo ore ornatum in hac scientia habeat, ut olim te vidisse, tecum locutum esse gloriatur. Ut Diu Vivas, Gentis tuae Decus, Orbis Eruditi deliciae, ardenter precatur Cultor tui Devotissimus

Joannes Hope

Monsieur
Monsr de Chevalier
von Linné
a
Upsale

upSUMMARY

The year before, the authorities of Jamaica had established a botanical garden, divided between two locations. One of 70 acres was placed in the hot lowland, while the other, 50 acres, was higher up, where the heat was more moderate. At the time, a letter was sent to John HopeHope, John (1725-1786).
British. Doctor of medicine, professor
of botany, Edinburgh. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
since he had been the first to take up this issue with the governor, Sir Basil KeithKeith, Basilius (d. 1777).
British. Naval officer. Appointed
governor of Jamaica in 1772.
. In the letter, Hope had been asked to send them a suitable young man, well trained, who was to be the head of this garden and also to investigate, describe and depict plants, animals and minerals from the island. Hope had chosen Thomas ClarkeClarke, Thomas British?.
Botanist, physician and curator at Bath
Garden, Jamaica.
, and Hope had sent him to friends in London, Paris and Holland for training. Now, Hope is sending Clarke to Linnaeus to finish his training by hearing Linnaeus himself. Clarke will boast that he once saw Linnaeus and talked to him.

Hope wishes Linnaeus a long life.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, VII, 147-148). [1] [2] [3]