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Link: • Pehr Kalm to Carl Linnaeus, 24 January 1744 n.s.
Dated 13. Januarii 1744. Sent from Ňbo (Finland) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Pehr KalmKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has arrived safely in Åbo after a calm voyage and, after only one dayís stay, he will proceed to Petersburg via Nyland and Wiborg. 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.
has promised to let him return back to Uppsala and Linnaeusís teaching on the first available ship.

Kalm can hardly believe his good fortune in becoming one of Linnaeusís disciples. He lost his father [Gabriel KalmKalm, Gabriel (d. 1716).
Swedish. Pastor, Ostrobothnia in
Finland. Died in the province of
Ångermanland, when trying to
escape from the Russian troops. Father
of Pehr Kalm.
] before he was born, but God has given him Linnaeus and Bielke instead.

Peter FileniusFilenius, Peter (1704-1780).
Swedish. Bishop of Linköping.
Studied in England, professor of
Oriental languages at Lund.
in Åbo has accepted a professorial chair in Lund and will probably be succeeded by Johan BrowalliusBrowallius, Johan (1707-1755).
Swedish. Professor of physics, later of
theology. Bishop of Åbo.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, which means that the chair of physics will be vacant. Would it be a good idea for Kalm to apply for this post? If he was elected, his position would make it easier to realize the plan for him to go to the Cape of Good Hope. Everything, however, depends on Linnaeusís and Anders CelsiusísCelsius, Anders (1701-1744).
Swedish. Professor of astronomy,
Uppsala. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
recommendations; even better if the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
] and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] were to recommend him. What would Linnaeus advise him to do? Bielke would have liked to write about these matters but has no time to do it now and sends his regards.

As Linnaeus has kindly promised Kalm a letter of recommendation and a testimonial for Petersburg, Kalm asks him to send these letters addressed to Bielke. Kalm will write something for the Academy of Sciences, but will first submit it to Linnaeusís superior judgement before sending it to the Academy.

P. S. Kalm sends his regards to Linnaeus, and to Anders and Olof CelsiusCelsius, Olof (1670-1756).
Swedish. Orientalist and theologian,
professor at Uppsala. Botanist and plant
collector, benefactor of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.


a. (LS, VIII, 4-5). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1922), vol. I:8, p. 4-5   p.4  p.5.