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Link: • Olof Celsius to Carl Linnaeus, 4 September 1739 n.s.
Dated 24 Aug. 1739. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Olof CelsiusCelsius, Olof (1670-1756).
Swedish. Orientalist and theologian,
professor at Uppsala. Botanist and plant
collector, benefactor of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is enclosing a Lychnis [specimen of Silene noctiflora L., enclosed on fol. 33] he recently found near his barn on the way to Rikomberga [Rickomberga]. He gives a Latin description of it. The gardener has taken on the most valuable [plants] in Celsiusís flower benches.

There is no news about the consistorial voting concerning the professors [at the Uppsala University].

Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
, very beautiful, has arrived.

P.S. Celsius mentions Olof CelsiusCelsius, Olof (1716-1794).
Swedish. Bishop, historian, politician.
, and his invention to make impressions of plants [enclosed imprints on fol. 35-37]. He was inspired by a book brought by Johan HesseliusHesselius, Johan (1687-1752).
Swedish. Physician. Regional physician
of Närke-Västmanland.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
from America where his uncle, a clergyman [Samuel HesseliusHesselius, Samuel (1692-1753).
Swedish. Clergyman at the Swedish
congreation in North America, later
vicar at Romfortuna.
], smeared black paint on plants and pressed them. This book now belongs to Carl GyllenborgGyllenborg, Carl (1679-1746).
Swedish. Chancellor of Uppsala
University and Lund University.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. However, Olof Celsius the Younger has considerably improved this method.


a. original holograph (LS, III, 32-37). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 264-265   p.264  p.265.