Johann Albrecht GesnerGesner, Johann Albrecht
(1694-1760). German. Physician of the
Duke of Würtenberg. Father of
Wilhelm Friedrich Immanuel Gesner.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. , who is the physician-in-ordinary of the Duke of Wurtenberg, has asked Peter Christian WagnerWagner, Peter Christian
(1703-1764). German. Physician in
Bayreuth. Correspondent of Linnaeus. to send seeds, minerals and petrefacts to Linnaeus. In return Wagner would like to receive fossils from the northern countries, especially Sweden. However, since Linnaeus is already heavily burdened with the exchange of letters and natural history specimens, Wagner wants to know whether Linnaeus really is interested in an exchange of things. Furthermore, Wagner wants to know what kind of fossils, petrefacts, minerals and seeds that Linnaeus would like to receive. He encloses a list of seeds that he collected last summer and autumn for the preparation of a flora of the principality. Thus Linnaeus can easily underline the ones he desires. When Wagner has received Linnaeusís answer, he will see to it that Linnaeus receives the seeds he has requested. He asks Linnaeus to name a merchant in Hamburg or Berlin through whom he can send things.
P.S. 1 Wagner has heard from Baron De Bremer that in Sweden, and especially in the Royal Garden of Stockholm, there is a root or a bulb, which, when planted in gardens, is said, possibly through its singular smell, to drive away every member of the genera Talpa and Mus. If this is true, Wagner would like to know the name of the plant and receive seeds or shoots.
P.S. 2 Wagner has enclosed a list of 264 plants of which Linnaeus can receive seeds.