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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien, 14 October 1739 n.s.
Dated 3 October 1739. Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus summarises Academy [the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] resolutions passed during his presidency, July – September 1739.

2 June [o.s.]. Following the casting of lots:

The founding members were recorded: 1. Jonas AlströmerAlströmer, Jonas
(1685-1761). Swedish. Industrialist.
One of the founders of the Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences in 1739. The same
year Head of the Royal Board of Trade in
Sweden [Kommerskollegium]. Father of
August, Clas, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
, 2. Anders Johan von HöpkenHöpken, Anders Johan von
(1712-1789). Swedish. Count and
statesman. One of the founders of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.The
Chancellor of the Uppsala University
1760-1764. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, 3. Sten Carl BielkeBielke, Sten Carl (1709-1753).
Swedish. Baron, government official,
patron of science, and naturalist. One
of the founders of the Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences. Private pupil of
Linnaeus. Close friend of Pehr Kalm,
whose voyage to America he supported
financially. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, 4. Linnaeus 5. Mårten TriewaldTriewald, Mårten
(1691-1747). Swedish. Merchant and
technician, one of the founders of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Linnaeus was nominated President.

Höpken was voted Secretary.

6 June [o.s.]. Carl Eric BergqvistBergqvist, Carl Eric
(1711-1781). Swedish. Linnaeus’s
draughtsman, illustrated all of his
travels and almost all of his
was accepted as apprentice in the copper plate shop.

WettergrenWettergren, Swedish.
Caretaker at the Royal Swedish Academy
of Sciences.
was engaged as caretaker.

7 June [o.s.] Lars SalviusSalvius, Lars (1706-1773).
Swedish. Printer, bookseller, publisher.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
was appointed recording clerk.

5 August [o.s]. Elias PihlgrenPihlgren, Elias (?-?).
Swedish. Military officer.
should review the proceedings before they were sent to the printers.

The legend of the Academy should be in usus futuros.

A list of elected members [see list below] of the Academy and a report on expenditure and member contributions in cash and in kind, Linnaeus himself gave a copy of his Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
, and on submitted observations [see list below], from members is attached to the letter.

Elected members were:Lars SalviusSalvius, Lars (1706-1773).
Swedish. Printer, bookseller, publisher.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Nils ReuterholmReuterholm, Nils (1676-1756).
Swedish. Nobleman, diplomat and public
official, governor of Dalecarlia.
Reuterholm showed interest in science
and correponded with Leibniz and
others. He admired Linnaeus and paid for
his journey in Dalecarlia in 1734.
, Carl-Johan CronstedtCronstedt, Carl-Johan
(1709-1777). Swedish. Royal
, Augustin EhrensvärdEhrensvärd, Augustin
(1710-1772). Swedish. Count,
field-marshal. The founder of the fort
of Sveaborg (Finland). Correspondent of
, Anders Johan NordenskiöldNordenskiöld, Anders Johan
(1696-1763). Swedish. Fortification
officer, governor of Nyland and
Tavastehus. Brother of Carl Fredrich
, Christopher PolhemPolhem, Christopher
(1661-1751). Swedish. Inventor,
engineer, head of the Board of Trade.
Founded the Stjernsund factory in
, Anders CelsiusCelsius, Anders
“Anmärkningar om vattnets
förminskning så i
Östersjön som i Vesterhafvet”,
KVAH (1743).
, Daniel Tilas Tilas, Daniel (1712-1772).
Swedish. Nobleman. Mineralogist,
official heraldist, genealogist.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Olof SandbergSandberg, Olof (1697-1750).
Swedish. Royal councillor.
,Evald RibeRibe, Evald (1701-1752).
Swedish. Surgeon. President of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Brother of
Carl Frederik Ribe.
, Johan Julius SahlbergSahlberg, Johan Julius
(1680-1753). Swedish. Apothecary of the
, Jacob FaggotFaggot, Jacob (1699-1777).
Swedish. Initiated the redistribution of
land holdings in 1753, inspector of the
office of land-surveying. Secretary at
the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
1742-1744. Brother of Petter Faggot.
, Lorenz Christopher StobéeStobée, Lorenz Christopher
(1676-1756). Swedish.
Major-general of fortifications,
governor of Gothenburg.
, Gilbert SheldonSheldon, Gilbert (1710-1794).
Swedish. Shipbuilder. Became in 1739 a
member of the Academy of Sciences.
, Lars RobergRoberg, Lars (1664-1742).
Swedish. Physician and naturalist.
Professor of medicine at Uppsala.
Founder of the first university
hospital. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
,Samuel KlingenstiernaKlingenstierna, Samuel
(1698-1765). Swedish. Physicist and
mathematician, professor of experimental
physics at Uppsala. Correspondent of
, Carl Fredrik NordenskiöldNordenskiöld, Carl Fredrik
(1702-1779). Swedish. Fortification
officer at Tavastehus, Fredrikshamn,
Lovisa and Sveaborg in Finland.
Cultivator of potatoes and tobacco at
his estate Frugård in Finland.
Owner of a large herbarium. Brother of
Anders Johan Nordenskiöld.
, Elias Pihlgren, Nicolaus Johannis BrelinBrelin, Nicolaus Johannis
(1690-1753). Swedish. Clergyman,
traveller and inventor.
, Olof Celsius Celsius, Olof (1670-1756).
Swedish. Orientalist and theologian,
professor at Uppsala. Botanist and plant
collector, benefactor of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Nils WalleriusWallerius, Nils (1706-1764).
Swedish. Professor, Uppsala, Wolffian
, Johan MoraeusMoraeus, Johan (1672-1742).
Swedish. Town physician at Falun,
Linnaeus’s father-in-law.
, Pehr ElviusElvius, Pehr (1710-1749).
Swedish. Engineer and mathematician,
secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy
of Sciences.
, Georg BrandtBrandt, Georg (1694-1768).
Swedish. Chemist, mineralogist, assessor
at the Bergskollegium. Correspondent of
, Gabriel PolhemPolhem, Gabriel (1700-1772).
Swedish. Engineer, the son of
Christopher Polhem.
, And.RosenstenRosensten, And. (?_?).
Swedish. Military officer.
, Hans Tourloen Tourloen, Hans (?-?). Swedish.
Supercargo at the Swedish East India
,Thomas PlomgrenPlomgren, Thomas (1702-1754).
Swedish. Merchant, Stockholm.
Mercantilist and politician.
,Jonas MeldercreutzMeldercreutz, Jonas
(1715-1785). Swedish. Professor of
mathematics, Uppsala.
, Nils Rosén von RosensteinRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of


a. (KVA, Protokollsbok för 1739).


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1908), vol. I:2, p. 3-8   p.3  p.4  p.5  p.6  p.7  p.8.