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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0084 • Johann Peter Kohl to Carl Linnaeus, 29 May 1736 n.s.
Dated 29 Maii 1736. Sent from Hamburg (Germany) to (). Written in Latin.

Viro Excellentissimo,
Doctissimo atque experientissimo,
Dom[ino] D[octori] Carolo Linnaeo,
Amico suo et Fautori aestumatissimo,
S[alutem] P[lurimam] D[icit]
Jo[hannes] Petr[us] Kohlius.

Ita me Deus amet, vir celeberrime, ut nichil mihi in vita gratius acceptiusque obvenire potest humanissimis clarissimisque sincerae amicitiae notis effulgentibus literis tuis. Iam dudum, mihi crede, illas non exspectaveram tantum, sed et avidissime, qui meus in Te amor est, exoptaveram. Iamque in eo eram, ut epistolam quandam tam diuturni silentii causam sciscitantem, quin et expostulantem, querulamque pararem, quum tabellarius praeter omnem spem ad me missam tuam traderet. Quae quidem, cum inter caetera nova literaria summo cum gaudio a me perlecta et cum publico communicata, tuam, celeberrime vir, sanitatem prosperitatemque, qua in Batavis terris gaudes, integerrimam optabilemque nuncient, non possum non tibi aeque ac literatae reipublicae, cultae imprimis, fortunataeque Bataviae ex animo gratulari, quum dubium plane non sit, quin utraque per te tuaque a Deo tibi concessa dona incrementis floreque magis magisque crescat. Immaturum illum satisque funestum ArtediiArtedi, Peter (1705-1735).
Swedish. Ichtyologist. Close friend of
Linnaeus.
tui obitum acerbe doleo.[1] Insimul tamen gaudeo hanc iacturam, quam thesaurus[2] inprimis in eius SebaequeSeba, Albert (1665-1736).
Dutch. Pharmacist and collector of
natural history specimens, Amsterdam.
decessu[3] patitur, tam commode per Te, sagacissime naturae indagator, sarciri.[4] Ridiculae interim rei occasionem praebuit Artedii tui illa mors. Quatuor menses circiter effluxerunt, quum communis noster amicus, celeberrimus NedtelbladtiusNettelbla, Christian von
(1696-1775). Swedish. Professor of law
at Greifswald, editor of historical
sources. Called Nettelbladt before his
ennoblement. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Lipsia huc excurreret ad meque, quae eius humanitas est, diverteret, ubi inter alia multa in republica literaria recens gesta mortem quoque clarissimi SohlbergiiSohlberg, Claes (1711-1773).
Swedish. Physician, studied natural
history and medicine at Uppsala
1723-1734. Accompanied Linnaeus on his
tour in Dalecarlia in 1734 and on his
Dutch journey. Doctor of medicine at
Leiden in 1735.
nostri pro certo mihi affirmabat circumstantiam addens prope Amstelodamum, nescio in qua lacuna aut aqua suffocatum periisse. Quanto cum dolore dicam an stupore istud inaudiverim, facile iudicare potes. Nec temperare poteram huic luctui meo, quin publice illum in novis literariis nostris significarem.[5] Quam falsus autem hic fuerit nuncius, ex literis tuis iam nunc edoctus sum. Clarissimo, quaeso, Sohlbergio, si adest, [a][a] : MS1 [added above the line] cum officiosissima salutatione[a][a] : MS1 [added above the line] hoc renuncia meque illum in diario meo publice iam sepelivisse, in vitam autem iam nunc reditum, ex animo illi gratulari nestoreosque vovere[b][b] : MS1 [added above the line] annos. FabriciumFabricius, Johann Albert
(1668-1736). German. Philologist,
theologian, professor of philosophy,
Hamburg.
nostrum at quantum Virum! Sexagesimo octavo anno vita decessisse fama fortasse iam edoctus es. Immensam profecto literatus orbis omnesque scientiae iacturam in eo faciunt. Commune desiderium sui relinquit omnesque, quibus literae ac virtutes curae[c][c] : MS1 [added above the line] cordique sunt, decessum eius lugent. Nova nostra literaria Batavis quoque[d][d] : MS1 [added above the line] vestris non plane displicere in primis michi gratulor. Tibique, Vir celeberrime, pro tam benevola commendatione exquisitissimas ago gratias. Quodsi octo vel novem eruditorum numerus, quorum unusquisque quotannis tres thaleros solveret, adimpleri posset, in me recipio spondeoque me pro tribus quotannis ioachimicis (3 Reichsthaler) octo vel novem folia octavo quoque die per postam sine ulla alia mercede (franco) Amstelodamum missurum esse.

Vale et fave,
celeberrime Vir,
amice et Fautor imprimis aestumande!

Toti tuo
J. P. Kohlio

Hamb[urgi] d[ie] 29 Maii 1736.

upSUMMARY

Johann Peter Kohl condoles with Linnaeus on the death of Peter Artedi. Having left Leipzig for Hamburg Christian von Nettelbla told him that Claes Sohlberg had drowned near Amsterdam. Unfortunately, Kohl wrote about the death of Sohlberg in Hamburgische Berichte. However, he has now learnt from Linnaeus that Sohlberg is in good health.

Johann Albert Fabricius has died at the age of sixty-eight.

Kohl is happy to hear that the Dutch like the Hamburgische Berichte. For an annual sum of three Reichstaler Kohl could send eight or nine folia every eighth day by mail.

P.S. Gottfried Jacob Jaenisch and Johann Heinrich von Spreckelsen send their regards.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, VIII, 236-237). [1] [2] [3]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

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upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
See Linnaeus to Christian Gottlieb LudwigLudwig, Christian Gottlieb
(1709-1773). German. Physician.
Professor of medicine in Leipzig. One of
Linnaeus’s early opponents.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, 10 May 1737 n.s.Letter L0177. A biography of Peter Artedi was written by Linnaeus (edited and commented on by I. Odelstierna in SLÅ 49 (1966), 1-8). For Artedi, see Lönnberg, “Linné och Artedi”Lönnberg, E. “Linné
och Artedi”, SLÅ 2 (1919),
30-43.
; Nybelin, “Tvenne opublicerade Artedimanuskript”Nybelin, O. “Tvenne opublicerade
Artedimanuskript”, SLÅ 17
(1934), 35-90.
; Walde, “Nya bidrag till Artedis biografi”Walde, P. “Nya bidrag till
Artedis biografi”, SLÅ
33-34 (1950-1951), 41-50.
; Engel, “Some Artedi documents in the Amsterdam archives”Engel, H. “Some Artedi documents
in the Amsterdam archives”,
SLÅ 33-34 (1950-1951),
51-66.
; Nybelin, “Strödda bidrag till Artedis biografi”Nybelin, O. “Strödda bidrag
till Artedis biografi”, SLÅ
37-38 (1954-1955), 85-96.
; and Nybelin, “Kring Petrus Artedis vistelse i England 1734-35”Nybelin, O. “Kring Petrus
Artedis vistelse i England 1734-35”,
SLÅ 49 (1966), 9-27.
.
2.
3.
Albert Seba died in 1736. See Engel, “The life of Albert Seba”Engel, H. “The life of Albert
Seba”, SLÅ 20 (1936),
75-199.
, 75-100. See also Kohl, Hamburgische BerichteKohl, Johann Peter
Hamburgische Berichte von den
neuesten Gelehrten Sachen

(1732-1759).
, 38 (1736), 341.
4.
Artedi helped Albert Seba with his collections, see Kohl, Hamburgische BerichteKohl, Johann Peter
Hamburgische Berichte von den
neuesten Gelehrten Sachen

(1732-1759).
, 38 (1736), 341-342. One evening on his way home from Seba, Artedi fell in a canal and drowned. It was Linnaeus who was to publish Artedi’s manuscripts; see Artedi, Ichthyologia sive opera omnia de piscibusArtedi, Peter Ichthyologia
sive opera omnia de piscibus, scilicet:
Bibliotheca ichthyologica. Philosophia
ichthyologica. Genera piscium. Synonymia
specierum. Descriptiones specierum.
Omnia in hoc genere perfectiora, quam
antea ulla. Posthuma vindicavit,
recognovit, coaptavit & edidit
Carolus Linnaeus
(Leiden 1738).
and Kohl, Hamburgische BerichteKohl, Johann Peter
Hamburgische Berichte von den
neuesten Gelehrten Sachen

(1732-1759).
, 16 (1738), 131-132.
5.