Hoffman, Johannes Paulus


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)



From Doesburg (Gelderland), Chief Surgeon of the Dutch East India Company, sailed in the ‘Leymuyden’ to Batavia in June 1767, arriving March 7, 1768. Till Feb. 1769 serving in the ‘Oudcarspel’ and subsequently stationed at Batavia; since Sept. 1772 town-apothecary and discharged from the Company’s service. In 1779 he returned to the Netherlands.

He evidently promised N.L. Burman to make botanical and zoological collections for him1, but as yet there is no evidence that he actually collected.

He was also a correspondent of P.J. Bladh (see there), but in that case there neither is evidence of his having collected plants in Java.



(1) Vide MS concept letter to Hofman, Med. Dr. Batavia, of Burman, dated Apr. 30, 1768 (S 48b, p. 26, in Un. Library Amsterdam), in which he reminds him of his promises and offers him his ‘Flora indica’.