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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L6084 • Carl Linnaeus to Joseph Allen, 7 March, 1738 n.s.
Dated March the 7th, 1738. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to ? (). Written in English.

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Linnaeus has read about James Logan’sLogan, James (1674-1751).
American. Governor of
Pennsylvania.William Penn´s
secretary. Amateur naturalist and
scientist. Published works on astronomy,
botany and optics. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
experiments on the sex of the Indian corn [Linnaeus refers to Experimenta et meletemata de plantarum generationeLogan, James Experimenta et
meletemata de plantarum generatione

(Leiden 1739); repr. in, The
Scientific papers of James Logan
,
ed. R. N. Lokken, Transactions of the
American Philosophical Society, new
series 62:6 (1972), 81-84.
, published in 1739 with the assistence of Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, originally communicated to the Royal Society, LondonRoyal Society, London,
British. The Royal Society was founded
in Oxford in 1645 and sanctioned as a
royal society in 1662.
as a preliminary essay, “Some experiments concerning the impregnation of the seeds of plants”Logan, James “Some experiments
concerning the impregnation of the seeds
of plants”, Philosophical
Transactions
, 39, no. 440 (1736),
192-195, repr. in The Scientific
papers of James Logan
, ed. R. N.
Lokken, Transactions of the American
Philosophical Society, new series 62:6
(1972), 79-80.
, and translated into English by John FothergillFothergill, John (1712-1780).
British. Physician and collector of
natural history objects. Studied in
Holland, France and Germany. His cabinet
of zoological and mineralogical
specimens as well as his botanical
garden at Upton were well known.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Experiments and considerations on the generation of plantsLogan, James Experiments and
considerations on the generation of
plants
(London 1747); repr. in,
The Scientific papers of James
Logan
, ed. R. N. Lokken,
Transactions of the American
Philosophical Society, new series 62:6
(1972), 84-88.
]. Engelbert KämpferKämpfer, Engelbert
(1651-1716). German. Physician,
botanist and explorer. Travelled in
Asia. Known for his works on Japan and
Japanese natural history.
had reported that people in the East Indies have observed different sexes in palm trees, and his vieuws has been verified by Sébastien VaillantVaillant, Sébastien
(1669-1722). French. Botanist and
surgeon. Professor at the Jardin des
plantes. His theory on plant sexuality
influenced Linnaeus who regarded
Vaillant as one of the most important
botanists.
[Linnaeus refers to Discours sur la structure des fleursVaillant, Sébastien
Discours sur la structure des fleurs
: leurs differences et l'usage de leurs
parties ; prononcé a l'ouverture
du Jardin royal de Paris, le Xe. jour du
mois de juin 1717, et l'etablissement de
trois nouveaux genres de plantes
[...]
(Leiden 1718).
]. Linnaeus wants more experiments to be made, and he wants Logan’s experiments to be published soon, as they are made with skill and accuracy.

upEDITIONS

1. "Two unpublished letters from Linnaeus." (1928), p. 295-297 .