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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0227 • Christian Gottlieb Ludwig to Carl Linnaeus, 6 December 1737 n.s.
Dated VI Dec. 1737. Sent from Leipzig (Germany) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Experientissimo D[o]m[ino], D[octori] Carolo Linnaeo,
Botanico Consummatissimo,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
D[ominus] Christianus Gottlieb Ludwig.

Dum inter tot labores, quae[a][a] : MS1 [read] quos et anatomica studia et praxis medica requirunt, de Tuo favore meditor, semper etiam ardore[b][b] : MS1 <de> ardore in rem botanicam per aliquot menses a me relictam vehor. Erubesco tamen cum perpendam, quam magnifice in litteris Tuis de me sentias, et adulationis quandam suspicionem non immerito foveo. Credas interim, Fautor optime, me imbecillitatis propriae gnarum encomiis Tuis ad majora tentanda stimulari ita, ut deficientibus licet viribus tamen voluntas laudanda sit. Lipsia Te maximo desiderio expectat. Imprimis vero Tibi deditissimus. Dum interim labores in emolumentum orbis litterati suscepti Te in Belgio retineant, proxime quasdam theses botanicas fundamentis Tuis[1] similes tecum communicabo, quo per dissensum usum doctrinarum Tuarum melius cognoscere queam. Mea multum refert convictio in veritatibus Botanices fundamentalibus cum docendo. Vagum esse dedeceat eum, qui animos auditorum ad tractandum studium facili et certa via[c][c] : MS1 [added above the line] allicit. Botanica in nostris academiis quodammodo relicta iterum caput erigit. O, si tempus et vires mihi essent, nunc in emendatione studii quaedam tentare possem. Tuis vestigiis insistam, quantum pro ratione studii licet. Id enim non tantum causis internis[d][d] : MS1 <externis> internis sed et externis determinatur. Felix, qui a praejudiciis liber, nihil coactus suscipit. In nuperrimis litteris de mittendo ad HebenstreitiumHebenstreit, Johann Ernst
(1703-1757). German. Anatomist and
explorer. Professor in Leipzig in 1729.
Travelled in North Africa 1731-1735.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Horto Cliffortiano[2] quaedam mones. Commode id fieri poterit per van Oyen, patremRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
et filium, Amstelodami degentes, qui ad Hebenstreitium mittenda sine taedio recipient. Si tum temporis quaedam ad me mittenda habes, speciali involucro cincta et Hebenstreitianis involuta mihi trades, quaeso. Inprimis vero Johannis BrowalliiBrowallius, Johan (1707-1755).
Swedish. Professor of physics, later of
theology. Bishop of Åbo.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
discursum de historiae naturalis necessitate[3] mihi expeto. Defuit tum, cum Criticam botanicam[4] ad me mitteres, forte casu? In Bibliotheca Botanica, p. 82,[5] deest enumeratio plantarum horti Bosiani, Elias PeinePeine, Elias (?-?). German.
Supervisor of Casar Boseís garden at
Leipzig.
, Lips[iae] 1699, 8vo.[6] Excuses, quod hac vice steriles ad te litteras mittam. Officii mei memor gratias Tibi persolvo, quod plantam quandam meo nomini inscribere non dubitaveris.[7] Ad Onagram referre volui, sed varia contradicunt. Si nomine Botanici nunc indignus sim, omnem dabo operam, ut imposterum honorem in me collatum promerear. Te Praeceptore multa tentabo. Non enim culpandum est talem eligere doctorem, cujus merita nunquam attingere dabitur. Si enim minorum gentium Deos veneramur, inopia laboris mox in superbiam quandam delabimur, quae tum a Diligentia retinet, tum nos aliorum risui exponit. Vale meque, ut soles, ama!

Dabam Lipsiae d[ie] VI Dec[embris] 1737.

[address] A Monsieur / Monsieur le Docteur / Linnaeus Membre de la / Societé Imperiale des / Sciences tres digne / present / a / Amsterdam / by Msr. Georg Cliffort.

upSUMMARY

Christian Gottlieb Ludwig feels encouraged by Linnaeus to continue his botanical work. Leipzig is waiting for Linnaeus. Some theses similar to Linnaeusís Fundamenta botanica will be sent.

Linnaeusís Hortus Cliffortianus could be sent to Johann Ernst Hebenstreit through Adriaan van Royen and his son in Amsterdam. Ludwig would like to have Johan Browalliusís dissertation on the necessity of teaching natural history, which was missing when Critica botanica was delivered. Elias Peine, Enumeratio plantarum horti Bosiani, Leipzig 1699, is absent from Linnaeusís Bibliotheca botanica, p. 82. Ludwig is grateful for the naming of Ludwigia. Various factors suggested that it did not refer to Onagra.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, IX, 502). [1] [2]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
MS1 [read] quos
b.
MS1 <de> ardore
c.
MS1 [added above the line]
d.
MS1 <externis> internis

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

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See Linnaeusís letter to Ludwig, 28 July 1737 n.s.Letter L0191 and Ludwig to Linnaeus, 14 August 1737 n.s.Letter L0206.