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Link: • Carl August von Bergen to Carl Linnaeus, 24 June 1743 n.s.
Dated 24 Jun. 1743. Sent from Frankfurt an der Oder (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


A few days earlier, Johann Albrecht GesnerGesner, Johann Albrecht
(1694-1760). German. Physician of the
Duke of Würtenberg. Father of
Wilhelm Friedrich Immanuel Gesner.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had sent Carl August von BergenBergen, Carl August von
(1704-1759). German. Doctor of
medicine. Professor of botany and
anatomy, later of pathology and therapy,
Frankfurt/Oder. Correspondent of
a letter in which he asked if Johann Gottlieb GleditschGleditsch, Johann Gottlieb
(1714-1786). German. Botanist and
sylviculturist in Berlin, disciple of
Anton Wilhelm Platz and Johann Ernst
Hebenstreit, supervisor of Caspar Boseís
garden 1731-1735, professor at the
Collegium Medico-Chirurgicum in 1746.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
happened to be in Frankfurt and also requested that Bergen should collect seeds from the botanical garden in Frankfurt, which Gesner then would send to Linnaeus. Bergen seizes the opportunity to introduce himself to Linnaeus and to express his desire to start an exchange of information with Linnaeus. Bergen promises to let Linnaeus have all sorts of news from Frankfurt, if he just could get some hints on how to send it. As a start, Bergen sends a few seeds and asks Linnaeus to expect living material at a more suitable time of the year. Bergen already owes Linnaeusís important works , Hortus Cliffortianus Linnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
, Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae, sive regna tria naturae
systematice proposita per classes,
ordines, genera & species

(Leiden 1735). Soulsby no. 39.
, Classes plantarum seu systemata plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Classes
plantarum seu systemata plantarum. Omnia
a fructificatione desumta, quorum XVI
universalia & XIII partialia,
compendiose proposita secundum classes,
ordines et nomina generica cum clave
cujusvis methodi et synonymis genericis.
Fundamentorum botanicorum pars II

(Leiden 1738).
, Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
, Critica botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Critica
botanica, in qua nomina plantarum
generica, specifica & variantia
examini subjiciuntur, selectiora
confirmantur, indigna rejiciuntur;
simulque doctrina circa denominationem
plantarum traditur. Seu Fundamentorum
botanicorum pars IV. Accedit J.
Browallii De necessitate historiae
naturalis discursus
(Leiden 1737).
, Fundamenta botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Fundamenta
botanica, quae majorum operum prodromi
instar theoriam scientiae botanices per
breves aphorismos tradunt
1736). Soulsby no. 253.
, and he studies them as much as his medical practice permits. He calls them outstanding and says they cannot be compared to anything else. Bergen regards Linnaeusís sexual method very convenient, much more so than any other method he has known, but Bergen does not teach it yet. This is due to the lack of students and to the fact that most of his pupils are more interested in medicine than in botany. The botanical garden in Frankfurt is not very rich in species. Gleditsch is in charge of it, and Bergen wishes him success.Bergen offers Linnaeus copies of his works, and indicates that he would be glad to receive copies of Musa CliffortianaLinnaeus, Carl Musa
Cliffortiana florens Hartecampi 1736
prope Harlemum
(Leiden 1736).
and 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
(Amsterdam, 1737).
Soulsby no. 279.
in return. If Linnaeus agrees to this, Bergen will be eternally grateful to him.


a. (LS, I, 518-519). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 270-271   p.270  p.271.