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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0515 • Johann Albrecht Gesner to Carl Linnaeus, 25 November 1743 n.s.
Dated 25 Novembr. 1743.. Sent from Berlin (Germany) to (). Written in Latin.

VIRO ILLUSTRI,
Dom[ino] D[octori] Carolo Linnaeo,
Botanico celeberrimo,
S[alutem] D[icit] P[lurimam]
Joh[annes] Albert[us] Gesnerus,
Archiater Wurtenbergicus.

Quamvis ad postremas meas ultima die augusti ad TE,[1] vir celeberrime, datas, cum quibus simul semina quaedam transmisi, responsionem hactenus non accepi, tamen his paucis lineis TE certiorem facere volui ad manus meas nunc venisse semina et quidem ultra CCC, quae promisi et quae in Horto Marchionis Badadurlacensis CarlsRuh colligere feci, et quae nunc Tuum expectant mandatum, quando et quomodo ad Te transmitti debeant. Jussisti quidem in ultimis ad me datis pharmacopaeo Holmiensi ad insigne cygni transmittere.[2] Nomen vero dicti pharmacopoeae procul dubio adponere oblitus es. Fac igitur, ut sciam, et, si fasciculum mineralium pro me destinatum, cui cobalti specimina addere, quaeso, non obliviscare, nondum Amstelodamum misisti, illum Hamburgum ad mercatorem in schedula adjacente notatum,[3] nunc transferri jubeas. Rogo, quia vero initio novi anni vel sub finem mensis januarii cum serenissimo domum, id est Stuttgardiam, redire rationes suadent. Gratum mihi erit, si, quam proxime id fieri potest, haec a Tua humanitate promissa mineralia ad me curabis! Non opus est, quod moneam glebas minerales, si possibile est, majores quam ordinarie, Handsteine metallicolae vocant, procurare velis.

GleditschiusGleditsch, Johann Gottlieb
(1714-1786). German. Botanist and
sylviculturist in Berlin, disciple of
Anton Wilhelm Platz and Johann Ernst
Hebenstreit, supervisor of Caspar Bose’s
garden 1731-1735, professor at the
Collegium Medico-Chirurgicum in 1746.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
aliquot hic degit septimanas et spes est illum quam proxime Botanicum Regium vel potius societatis novae scientiarum Beroliensium renunciari.[4]

Proposui quasdam in ultimis meis literis quaestiones, ad quas, ni grave est, respondeas, rogo. Fuit inter illas quaestio, an exteri in vestram assumantur eruditorum societatem et quae sint leges.[5]

Vale, vir celeberrime, et ignosce festinanti!

Dabam Berolini die 25 Novembr[is] 1743.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has not yet answered Johann Albrecht Gesner’s letter dated 31 August 1743 n.s.

Gesner has now received more than 300 seeds gathered in the Garden of the Margrave of Baden-Durlach in Karlsruhe and wants to know how these can be sent on to Linnaeus.

Gesner entreats Linnaeus to send him minerals, especially cobalt. If he has not yet sent them to Amsterdam, they should go to Hamburg instead, because in January Gesner will return to Stuttgart. He is also eager to obtain mineral clods (Handsteine).

Johann Gottlieb Gleditsch might become Royal Botanist or be elected a member of the new society of sciences in Berlin.

Gesner asks again whether foreigners can be admitted to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and what the regulations are.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, IV, 445-446). [1] [2] [3]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
See Johann Albrecht Gesner to Linnaeus, 31 August 1743 n.s.Letter L0500.
2.
Linnaeus’s letters to Gesner have not come down to us.
3.
L’addresse a Messieurs / Mess. Pierre BouéBoué, Pierre (17?-17?).
French. Merchant in Hamburg.
et fils / Marchands tres celebres a / Hamburg / et par les memes / a Mons. KnabKnab, (17?-17?). German.
Secretary at Würtemberg.
/ secretaire de la Spez [?] Maison / de Würtenberg a / Berlin.
4.
5.
See Gesner to Linnaeus, 12 January and 7 February 1744 n.s.Letter L0538.