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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0090 • Friedrich Christian Lesser to Carl Linnaeus, 1 June 1736 n.s.
Dated I Jun: 1736. Sent from Nordhausen (Germany) to Hartecamp (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Nordhusae ad fines Nord-Thuringiae d[ie] 1 Jun

Viro Celeberrimo,
EXPERIENTISSIMO et DOCTISSIMO,
DOMINO
CAROLO LINNAEO,
Medicinae Doctori famigeratissimo,
Fautori honoratissimo
S[alutem] p[lurimam] d[icit]
Fridericus Christianus Lesserus,
in libera S[ancti] Rom[ani] Imperii civitate
Nordhusa
ad montem Mar[iae] Virg[inis] Past[or]
Orphanotr[ophii] Administr[ator]
et
Acad[emiae] caes[areae] Nat[urae] Curiosior[um]
Collega.

Quamquam TE, Vir experientissime, de facie non novi, jam dudum tamen ex monumentis ingenii ac judicii Tui, profunda eruditione et rerum physicarum scientia refertis, mihi innotuisti, praeprimis vero ex Tuo Naturae SystemateLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, sive regna tria naturae
systematice proposita per classes,
ordines, genera & species

(Leiden 1735). Soulsby no. 39.
, nuper apud amicum viso, ex quo vidi, TE solertissimum Naturae indagatorem ejusdemque interpretem felicissimum esse. Id ipsum vero me, qui in operibus naturae Dei O[ptimi] M[aximi] Sapientiam, omnipotentiam ac providentiam quotidie perscrutor ac exosculor, mira affecit cupidine, Tecum per literarum commercium colloqui. Fretus igitur humanitate Tua quam nonsolum B[eatus] Senex SebaSeba, Albert (1665-1736).
Dutch. Pharmacist and collector of
natural history specimens, Amsterdam.
, sed etiam multi alii qui TE norunt, mirum in modum mihi depraedicarunt, TE ad epistolaria colloquia invito. Permitte etiam, Vir celeberrime, ut TIBI significem, me exemplar Systematis Naturae, quod erudite conscripsisti, desiderare et omni voto a TE petere. Quod si hac in re mihi gratificatus fueris, habebis a me, si TIBI libuerit, varios flores metallicos Erz-drusen[1] , ex propinquis Hercyniae fodinis[2] , varios Alabastritas Nordhusanos, ut et varios lapides figuratos Thuringiae. Hoc etiam majorem in modum abs TUA rogo benevolentia velis vitae TUAE curriculum et lucubrationum TUARUM catalogum benigne mecum communicare, ut parti tertiae venerandi Past[oris] GoetteniiGoetten, Gabriel Wilhelm
(1708-1781). German. Theologian,
Hannover.
die jetzt lebenden gelehrten Europae inseri possit, quo ipso non mihi solum, sed etiam toti reipublicae literariae rem gratam exhibebis.[3] Vale, atque petitioni meae fave.

upSUMMARY

Friedrich Christian Lesser has not met Linnaeus, but, with a friend, he has seen Linnaeus’s Systema naturae, and he was most impressed by the quality of the work and that has inspired him to express a desire to enter into correspondence with Linnaeus. Trusting Linnaeus’s generosity, professed by Albert Seba and many others, he invites Linnaeus to correspond with him. He also asks for a copy of the Systema naturae, and he will send Linnaeus different “metallic flowers”, “Erz-drusen”, specimens of agglomerated crystals from the mines near by, alabasters from Nordhausen, and different shapes of stones from Thuringia.

Lesser also asks for a curriculum vitae of Linnaeus and a catalogue of his works to be inserted in the third part of Gabriel Wilhelm Goetten’s Das jetzt lebende gelehrte Europa which would be welcome not only to Lesser but also to the whole country.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, IX, 120). [1] [2]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
By metallic flowers or “Erz-drusen” Friedrich Christian Lesser probably means agglomerations of crystals of minerals, which he would send to Linnaeus as specimens.
2.
Hercynia is the Roman name of the district between Thüringia and Bohemia.
3.