Olof CelsiusCelsius, Olof (1670-1756).
Swedish. Orientalist and theologian,
professor at Uppsala. Botanist and plant
collector, benefactor of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. is sending the remaining part of Florula LapponicaLinnaeus, Carl “Florula
Lapponica, quae continet brevem
catalogum plantarum, quas per provincias
Lapponicas Westrobotnienses, Umensem
puta, Pithoënsem, Lulensem &
Tornensem observavit in itinerere
Lapponico, quod Societatis Reg. Lit.
Scient. stipendio munitus, peregit
1732”, ALSS 3 (1732), 46-58
; 4 (1735), 12-23 . ; it will all be published, in due course, in the transactions of 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. ]. Celsius does not intend to publish “Flora Uplandica” as a whole [Celsius had published an extract of it in “Plantarum circa Upsaliam sponte nascentium catalogus”Celsius, Olof “Plantarum circa
Upsaliam sponte nascentium catalogus”,
ALSS, 2 (1732), 9-44 . ]. He would like it to be printed with a preface and without his name. He is not interested in getting credit for it and is afraid of being regarded as a dilettante. The reason why he ventured it at all was that he was upset by the indifference of other people to something essential that he himself loved. Linnaeus must know that this is the truth. Celsius thanks Linnaeus for the “beautiful specimens”, an honour to our country. Celsius hopes that Linnaeus does not mind his corresponding with Johann Georg SiegesbeckSiegesbeck, Johann Georg
(1686-1755). German. Prussian botanist,
doctor of medicine at Wittenberg in
1716, physician and director of the
botanical garden at St Petersburg
1735-1747. One of the most bitter
opponents of Linnaeus’s sexual system.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. in St. Petersburg, from which he knows that Siegsbeck has written to Linnaeus about his [Celsius] working on “Flora Uplandica”[see Siegesbeck to Linnaeus,25 November 1735Letter L0052]. Celsius is full of admiration for Linnaeus’s success with Musa CliffortianaLinnaeus, Carl Musa
Cliffortiana florens Hartecampi 1736
prope Harlemum (Leiden 1736). . He believes it must be the same species as the oriental Musa. Celsius will procure the seeds wanted by Linnaeus. His study on the Lebanese cedar is being printed. Celsius claims that it is our Pinus silvestris or Joseph Pitton de Tournefort’sTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris. Larix orientalis. He will hurry Johan IhreIhre, Johan (1707-1780).
Swedish. Philologist. Professor of Latin
and later of eloquence and political
science at Uppsala. along so he sends to Linnaeus what he has promised.
P.S.1.Linnaeus can send a reply letter to Siegesbeck through Celsius.
P.S.2. Celsius advises Linnaeus how the dedication to the Royal Society of Sciences should be formulated in Flora LapponicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Lapponica exhibens plantas per Lapponiam
crescentes, secundum systema sexuale
collectas in itinere [...] Additis
synonymis, & locis natalibus omnium,
descriptionibus & figuris rariorum,
viribus medicatis & oeconomicis
plurimarum (Amsterdam, 1737).
Soulsby no. 279. .