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Link: • Pieter Boddaert to Carl Linnaeus, January-March? 1769 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Utrecht (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Pieter BoddaertBoddaert, Pieter (1730?-?).
Dutch. Naturalist and physician. Friend
of Albert Schlosser, whose cabinet of
natural history objects he described.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
should have answered Linnaeus’s letter [Linnaeus to Boddaert, 8 November 1768Letter L4138] much earlier, but various things have prevented him. Now, he is sure that he will be able to send Linnaeus the works by Johannes Eusebius VoetVoet, Johannes Eusebius
(?-1778). Dutch. Zoologist.
[Catalogus systematicus ColeopterorumVoet, Johannes Eusebius
Catalogus systematicus
(Den Haag, 1766).
] and Christian Sepp’sSepp, Christian German.
Cpperplate engraver, who settled in
[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).
], mentioned in the previous letters, together with other publications, as soon as the sailing season comes. Linnaeus should indicate a suitable route.

Ortiga had been growing in the Utrecht garden some years before, but there had been no viable seeds from it.

Johann David HahnHahn, Johann David (1729-1784).
Dutch. Professor of philosophy, physics
and astronomy, botany and chemistry,
Utrecht. Professor of medicine, Leiden.
is now professor of botany at Utrecht, a very able man who has taught Boddaert what Boddaert knows and who has attracted students from several countries. Hahn has asked Boddaert to offer Linnaeus Hahn’s services in the exchange of material and information. However, Hahn has not time to do much for natural history since he has three important tasks, one of them in clinical practice.

Boddaert makes some comments on the Cancer and on the Dionaea that Linnaeus had told him about.

Boddaert asks Linnaeus to send him the third part of Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
[Boddaert menas the ”Regnum Lapideum” of the 12th edition, published in 1768], and to send in the same package a specimen of the Apollo butterfly, not found in Belgium but common in Sweden.

Boddaert adds various information on persons and publications: Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeus’s pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has become professor of botany in Amsterdam. Peter Simon Pallas’Pallas, Peter Simon
(1741-1811). German. Naturalist and
explorer. Pallas studied at the
universities of Göttingen and
Leiden. In 1768 he was called to Russia
to take part in an expedition to
Siberia, the aim of which was to study
the passage of Venus. Pallas remained in
Russia for the greater part of his life.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Spicilegia zoologicaPallas, Peter Simon
Spicilegia zoologica quibus novae
imprimis et obscurae animalium species :
iconibus, descriptionibus atque
commentariis illustrantur
are being printed in Berlin, in fourteen parts, if they have not already been published. The present state of Sepp’s and Voet’s works is reported. Boddaert will send a copy of one of his publications to both Linnaeus and the elder Burman [Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
to show that two eminent scholars in natural sciences are his friends. Has Linnaeus seen Johann Albert Schlosser’sSchlosser, Johann Albert
(?-1769). Dutch. Doctor of medicine,
naturalist, collector of natural history
objects. After his death a number of the
specimens in his collections were
described by Pieter Boddaert.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
publication of a lizard, Lacerta pteronura? [Boddaert refers to Johannis Alberti Schlosser [...] Epistola ad virum expertissimum, peritissimumque Ferdinandum Dejean [...] De lacerta Amboinensi [...]Schlosser, Johann Albert
Johannis Alberti Schlosser [...]
Epistola ad virum expertissimum,
peritissimumque Ferdinandum Dejean [...]
De lacerta Amboinensi [...]

(Amsterdam, 1768)
]. In the next letter, Boddaert will send Linnaeus a picture of it.

If Linnaeus wants descriptions or delineations from Boddaert, Linnaeus is welcome to contact him.


a. (LS, II, 100-101). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 297-298   p.297  p.298.