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


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
(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.


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


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