Johan LecheLeche, Johan (1704-1764).
Swedish. Botanist, plant collector and
physician. Studied the flora of Scania.
His herbarium was bought by Joseph
Banks. Professor of medicine at
Åbo. Correspondent of Linnaeus. expresses some concern as to Linnaeus and his whereabouts. He wrote to Linnaeus long ago, addressing the letter to Stockholm, as he thought Linnaeus was staying there. Leche has, however, been somewhat reassured by a letter from Linnaeus written in Stenbrohult 30 July [11 August n.s., this letter has not come down to us], but not delivered until 9 September [20 September n.s.] by Linnaeus’s brother [Samuel LinnaeusLinnaeus, Samuel (1718-1797).
Swedish. Dean of Stenbrohult. Son of
Nils Ingemarsson Linnaeus and Christina
Brodersonia Linnaea, brother of
Linnaeus. Also brother of Anna Maria
Höök, Sophia Juliana Collin
and Emerentia Branting. Brother-in-law
of Gabriel Höök, Johannes
Collin and Carl Ammon Branting.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. ]. Leche has heard that Linnaeus is spending the summer in Falun. A substantial part of the letter is devoted to the obeisances and panegyrics upon Linnaeus and his many intellectual and human qualitites. Leche expresses his reverence, admiration and gratitude and assures Linnaeus of his eternal friendship and fidelity. Leche extends his fraternal affection to Linnaeus’s brother, promising to find him a suitable employment. Leche promises to send the theses Linnaeus has requested and is happy to possess Linnaeus’s, De febrium intermittentium causaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
medica inauguralis in qua exhibetur
hypothesis nova de febrium
intermittentium causa (Harderwijk
1735). . Leche turns his attention to plants found near lake Möcklen, some of which he can identify. As to the Alsine bifolia, fructu coriandri, radice geniculata, Leche refers to Loes. [Johannes Loeselius’sLoeselius, Johannes
(1607-1655). German. Botanist and
physician. Professor of medicine in
Königsberg 1639-1655. ], Flora PrussicaLoesel, J. Flora Prussica;
sive, Plantae in regno Prussiae sponte
nascentes. Quarum catalogum & nomina
Johannes Loeselius [...] olim disseruit,
nunc additis nitidissimis iconibus
rariorum partim ab aliis nondum
delineatarum plerarumque Prussiae
propriarum & inquilinarum plantarum,
earundemque accurata descriptione, nec
non adjectis synonymiis veterum
medio-practicis noviter efflorescentes
curante Johanne Gottsched
(Königsberg 1703). . He has no opportunity of reading Linnaeus, 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. . A limited library hinders his identification of the plants. He finds not having a catalogue, compiled by Linnaeus in Helsingborg especially frustrating, which would have made it possible for him to let the local bookdealers procure the most necessary literature.
Leche’s lack of fund, or “flaccid purse” as he puts it, prevents him from going to France, which is what he most desires. If Linnaeus by chance, knows of scholarships or other means of being subsidized, Leche beseeches him to do his very best to recommend him to Bernard de JussieuJussieu, Bernard de
(1699-1777). French. Professor of
botany, brother of Antoine and Joseph de
Jussieu. Demonstrator at the Jardin des
plantes. Sébastien Vaillant’s
successor. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu. Correspondent of Linnaeus. and, above all, to Jacob Benignus WinslowWinslow, Jacob Benignus
(1669-1760). Danish. Anatomist.
Teaching anatomy at the Jardin du Roi in
Paris, from 1743 as a professor.
Converted to catholicism. , whose erudition is famous. Furthermore, there is a bond of affinity between Winslöw and Leche, so, with Linnaeus’s support, Leche hopes to succeed in having Winslow as his patron in France.
P.S. In a previous letter [Leche to Linnaeus, 15 November 1738Letter L0265] Leche has sent a catalogue of more than 100 Scanian plants. If Linnaeus has not received it, Leche promises to send another copy [Leche later published a flora on Scanian plants, Disputatio medico-botanica exhibens primitias florae ScanicaeLeche, Johan Disputatio
medico-botanica exhibens primitias
florae Scanicae quam Deo ter optimo
maximo auxiliante & annuente
amplissima facultate medica, diss.,
resp. C.J. Ennes (Lund, 1744).
, and “Förtekning”Leche, Johan
"Förtekning öfver de
raraste växter i Skåne
ingifven", KVAH, 5 (1744).