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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0281 • Diedrich Nietzel to Carl Linnaeus, 9 April 1739 n.s.
Dated IX aprilis MDCCXXXIX. Sent from Hartecamp (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Vir nobilis et experientissime
Domine Carole Linnaee.

Quam gratae mihi fuerint, quas ad me misisti litteras, quamque avide susceperim munus ad quod me vocasti.[1] Velim ex eo intellegas, quod, iis perlectis, nec deliberandum nec consulto sed mature facto opus esse statuerim, ergo, quod unum negotii datum mihi volebas, ut a Domino CliffortClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeusís benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
dimitterer. Sedulo egi honestam itaque missionem, rogavi, impetravi. Iamque nihil aeque satago ac ut me ad iter accingam, nec tamen in re tanta me timeritatis accusatum iri vereor. Quamvis enim in hoc negotio mihi spectandum fuerit an tanto muneri par essem, tamen, ubi me a te vocatum sensi, hoc tuum de me iudicium tanti fuit, ut viderer bene ominari de eo posse, praesertim cum confidam te aeque patronum mihi fore in hoc munere obeundo, ac author ut obirem fuisti.

Vere enim te in eo mihi authorem nomino, tu, tu inquam me vocasti, suscepisti ac praefecisti horto academico UpsaliensiLinnéträdgården,
Swedish. The Uppsala University
Botanical Garden was founded by Olof
Rudbeck the Elder in 1655.
.

A te, vir experientissime! vocatum esse me extra omnem dubitandi aut deliberandi aleam constituit, intelligebam quidem quam non spernendum munus in me collatum velles, spem addis praemia maiora consequendi: haec etsi magna, tamen haud tanti ad suscipiendum hoc munus momenti fuere ac illud unum, me a te ad id vocatum esse, nihil ergo restat, vir Experientissime, nisi hoc unum, ut gratias tibi agam, has itaque quantas possum ago, habeo etiam maiores, totusque in eo sum ut praesens tibi tester quantopere sim totus tuus.

Vale et me amare perge.

Didrik Nietzel

Dabam Hartecamp, IX aprilis MDCCXXXIX.

upSUMMARY

Diedrik Nietzel is very grateful for the letter Linnaeus has sent him and he will very willingly undertake the task Linnaeus has given him. At Linnaeusís request he has asked George Clifford for permission to leave and now he is busy getting ready for the journey. He would not, however, like to be accused of doing this inconsiderately and he has asked himself if he is good enough for this work. He values the offer because it comes from Linnaeus and he is confident that Linnaeus will protect his interests in undertaking this task.

What mattered most and made Nietzel so grateful was that Linnaeus himself had summoned him and put him in charge of the Uppsala University Botanical Garden.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, XI, 184). [1] [2]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
This letter has not come down to us.