Linnaeus writes to Anna BlackburneBlackburne, Anna (1726-1793).
British. Naturalist and collector of
specimens. Daughter of John Blackburne
and sister of Ashton Blackburne.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. and tells her that he knows of three botanical ladies and presumes that she is the lady who disputed about the geranium in 1769 in Oxford where se had triumphed over the botanist in the physic garden at Oxford [one for the contemporary well-known incident, which seems to have occurred at a meeting of horticulturalists in Oxford]. If not he is most anxious to get to know her. He tells her that he would be very happy to receive samples from her collection and that there is nothing more magnificent in life than plants, animals and the rest of the productions of nature. Should she send insects, birds or plants he will publish articles about the contents of her collection. He asks her to send parcels to Carl Linné, Stockholm and to address her letters to the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala, Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728. ], as they will then have a better chance of reaching him safely as he is the person who receives and opens all letters addressed to this society.
Linnaeus says that she can write in any language as he will be able to understand it, for in his younger days he visited many foreign countries, and everywhere he found he understood the opposite sex’s meaning from their speech, but was especially delighted with the address, the genius, the language and the sentiment of the English ladies. He is eagerly looking forward to receiving her presents and promises to consecrate her name to immortality.