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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5463 • Nicolaas Laurens Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 25 September 1759 n.s.
Dated 25 Septembr. 1759. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Praenobilissimo & Clarissimo Viro,
Carolo Linnaeo Equiti,
S[alutem] Pl[urimam] D[icit]
N[icolaus] L[aurentius] Burmannus.

Praecedenti mense Augusti per D[omi]num Balguerie Tibi, Vir Celebr[is], transmisi fasciculum, sex dissertationibus de GERANIIS repletum, quarum binae pro Te et Egregio Filio, ut serves peto; tertia, quae quoque ligatura aurea et pro Vestro Serenissimo Rege destinata, si curare velles, ut Regi meo nomine offerretur, gratissimum mihi faceres.

Accipies, quaeso, hocce, licet parvi momenti, munusculum eo, quo offeratur, animo, Tibique devotam meam mentem quam maxime declaro, qui observationibus et annotationibus, admodum accuratis, huic specimini tantum utilitatis attribuere volueris; amoris Tui erga me conscius, aegre non feras, Vir Celebr[is] & amicissime, ut Te etiam atque etiam orem, ut ea, quae perlegendo minus recte dicta occurrent annotes, et mihi servare vel transmittere velles, quum Carissim[us] Parens hocce anno sub Geranii nomine ex Capite Bon[ae] Spei aliquot bulbulos acceperit, qui progerminare incipiunt, sique novae inveniantur species, data occasione cum emendationibus appendicis loco dissertationi adjungerem.

Hoc mihi gratissimum foret, qui se amicitiae Tuae commendat quique nunquam obliviscetur favorem, quem Carissimo Parenti & filio Juveni praestiteris.

Servet Te diu Summum Numen cum splendida Tua familia incolumem, meque amore et favore Tuo, quem nuper adhucdum expertus sum, prosequi pergas!

Dabam Amstelaedami. D[ie] 25 Septembr[is] 1759.

[address]
a Monsieur
Monsieur Ch[arles] Linnaeus
Professeur tres celebre &ce
a
Upsal

upSUMMARY

Last month Nikolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sent through Balguerie [presumably Daniel BalguerieBalguerie, Daniel (1733-1788).
Swedish. Swedish agent in Amsterdam,
succeeded his father Pierre Balguerie.
], a box containing six copies of his dissertation ĒDe GeraniisĒ [Burman refers to his thesis, Specimen botanicum de geraniisBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
Specimen botanicum de geraniis
(Leiden 1759).
; enclosed with the letter is a list of the the plants he discussed in his book, fols. 492-492v]: two for Linnaeus and his son [Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his fatherís lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeusís
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
father.
], and the third with a gold binding for the Swedish King [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
]. He asks Linnaeus to forward it to the King in Burmanís name.

With this small gift, Burman wants to show his devotion to Linnaeus who has contributed observations and remarks to his book. He hopes that Linnaeus will not be offended if he asks for the same help in the future. His father [Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] has received some bulbs with the name Geranium from the Cape and they have begun to germinate. If there are some new species he can add them in an appendix to his dissertation.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, II, 453). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 204   p.204.