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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5462 • Nicolaas Laurens Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 17 February 1766 n.s.
Dated 17 Februarii die 1766. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Nobilissimo et Amplissimo Viro,
Carolo Linnaeo, Regis Archiatro &c.,
S[alutem] Pl[urimam] D[icit]
N[icolaus] L[aurentius] Burmannus.

Quid Tibi pro communicatis referam, amicissime Linnaee, et quid Tibi referre possem, grata Tui recordatio amorem in Te quotidie auget, eoque magis, si ex litteris animum Tuum in nos beneficum considerem; at quam felix fuissem, si unius anni spatio solus Tecum et dignissimo defuncto Forskålio Upsaliae degissem et aliorum consortia eorumque amicitiam vili¬pendissem; gratissimae fuere litterae, in quibus tam accurate ea, quae ad Plantas Indicas earumque Tabulas pertinebant, communicare volueris, quarum flores hisce includo, earum nempe, quas in ultimis petebas stirpium. Doleo tamen, quod non magis perfecta specimina ad Te mittere queam, quod lubenter fecissem, si exemplaria partim exsiccatione nimia partim vetustate non forent adeo detrita et mutilata, ut a nullo melius separari potuissent, quod itaque ut excuses, oro.

Anonyma illa Tab. 3., cujus flores non rite adhucdum picti, an non Azalea rorismarini folio? Monarda illa Tab. 5. si novi generis sit, scribas, quaeso, quodnam nomen eligeres. Commelinae papilionaceae Tab. 7. non nisi parvum et mutilatum possidemus specimen, cumque scribas, quod in Horto Tuo viget, depingas, quaeso, in litteris hujus et Commel[ini] Cristatae calyces, ut Tabulis insculpi curare queam, si non nimium Tibi laboris creabit. Poa amabilis spec.: an addere licitum Tab. 92. f. 2. Pluknet. phyt. Stipa littorea (an valet descriptio)? bracteis lanceolatis, floribus umbellato-fasciculatis, foliis vaginantibus reflexis canaliculatis cuspidatis. Oldenlandia repens Tab. 15. f. 4. an valet? caule repente foliis obovatis petiolatis, pedicellis axillaribus unifloris. Convolvulus mollis Tab. 17. et sericeus Tab. 19, an forent ejusdem stirpis specimina, cum in litteris addere placuerit mollem Tibi esse sericeum?

Plures absque dubio servas animadversiones, quas praecedenti anno, cum Indica nostra specimina examinasti, in proprium usum annotare placuit; si mihi gratiam praestare velis, fac, ut ab ammanuensi Tuo descripta ad manus meas perveniant, ne in specierum descriptione alia quam Tua verba adhiberem.

Si grata Tibi forent specimina, quae in duplo possidemus, lubens verno tempore cum navibus ad Te mittam.

Nil, quantum scio, novi in Histor[ia] Natur[ali] accidit; si quid Vestris in terris provenerit, me hujus rei certiorem, ut facias, oro; sique dissertationes Ventilatas vel appendicem in novam Specierum editionem divulgasti ad nos transmitti cures, ut laboris Tui fructum una carpere possimus. In ultimis scripsisti, quod Panici hirtelli et Ammanniae bacciferae figuras dederit Arduinus sub nomine Cornetiae; si rescribas, indices, quaeso, hujus libri titulum, ut emere queamus, cum aliud nullum hujusce autoris opus possideamus, nec noscimus, nisi Specimen ejus Veronense.

Peritissimum virum misimus ad Caput Bonae Spei, ut pro nobis Insecta, plantas et semina colligeret, qui omnes hujus Promontorii angulos optime novit, sique diu supermanet mihi multa inde promitto; si quaedam sint, quas inde lectu necessaria vel Tibi vel orbi literato forent, fac, ut sciam et ab illo petam. Valeas, Vir nobilissime, salutes consanguineos mihi notos. Nosque amore Tuo et favore constanter prosequi pergas!

Dabam Amstelaedami 17 Februarii die 1766.

upSUMMARY

Nikolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
does not know how to repay Linnaeus for what he is doing for him, and his affection for Linnaeus increases every day especially when he considers the kindness shown in Linnaeusís letters. Burman would be most happy if he could have spent a year alone with him and the late Peter ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeusís student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Uppsala. Burman is very grateful for Linnaeusís last letter with his accurate comments on the Indian plants and the plates [this letter has not come down to us]. Burman encloses flowers of the plants that Linnaeus asked for. Burman apologises for sending specimens that are not perfect.

Burman comments on some of his Indian plants. He supposes that Linnaeus has made more remarks on these plants last year for his own use and he asks Linnaeus to have these remarks transcribed by his secretary because he wants to use only Linnaeusís words alone in his descriptions [Burman refers to the work with his Flora IndicaBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Flora Indica: cui accedit series
zoophytorum Indicorum, nec non prodromus
florae Capensis
(Leiden &
Amsterdam, 1768).
, which was published in 1768].

Burman will send duplicate specimens to Linnaeus this spring.

Burman has no news to report but he asks Linnaeus let him know if some new dissertations or the appendix [this work was published as Mantissa plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Mantissa
plantarum generum editionis VI. (1764)
et specierum editionis II.[1762-63]

(Stockholm 1767). Soulsby no. 311.
in 1767] to the new edition of his Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
have been published. Linnaeus wrote in his last letter that Pietro ArduinoArduino, Pietro (1728-1805).
Italian. Professor of economy, Padua.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has illustrations of Panicum hirtellum and Ammania baccifera under the name Cornetia. Burman wants to know the title of this book.

The Burmans have sent a very experienced man to the Cape of Good Hope to collect insects, plants and seeds. If Linnaeus knows of something that he must collect, he can tell Burman.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, II, 524). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Epistolae ineditae Caroli Linnaei (1830), p. 87-89 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 244-245   p.244  p.245.