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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien, 20 June 1741 n.s.
Dated 1741 Jun. 9. Sent from Runsten (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


In this letter Linnaeus addresses himself to the President [Anders von DrakeDrake, Anders von (1682-1744).
Swedish. President of the National Board
of Trade (Kommerskollegium), Stockholm.
was the president during April-June 1741] of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.

He refers to an excursion to Burgundy, beyond Fontainebleau, in France together with Bernhard 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.
when he had seen various orchids. To his great astonishment he has now found many of these orchids on Öland. Linnaeus had received specimens of these plants from Spain through the French ambassador.

Linnaeus lists a large number of plants that he has found on Öland, among those Pentaphylloides eboracense. This plant had earlier been found only in Scotland and in Siberia. Johann AmmanAmman, Johann (1707-1741).
Swiss/Russian?. Curator of Hans Sloane’s
natural history collection. Professor of
botany at the Imperial Academy of
Sciences at St Petersburg. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
in Petersburg had earlier sent him a specimen.

The second half of the letter contains a long list of names of and observations on plants he has found on Öland.


a. original holograph (KVA).


1. Svenska arbeten (1878), vol. 1, p. 90-92   p.90  p.91  p.92.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1908), vol. I:2, p. 13-16   p.13  p.14  p.15  p.16.