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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Sten Carl Bielke, 5 May 1745 n.s.
Dated 24 April 1745. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Ĺbo (Finland). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus writes to 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.
and praises him.

Linnaeus complains about Johann Georg SiegesbeckSiegesbeck, Johann Georg
(1686-1755). German. Prussian botanist,
doctor of medicine at Wittenberg in
1716, physician and director of the
botanical garden at St Petersburg
1735-1747. One of the most bitter
opponents of Linnaeus’s sexual system.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and asks Bielke if he has written to Siegesbeck to tell him that Linnaeus will never forgive him.

Linnaeus writes that Bielke has given him Siberica, that he has seen more African plants than anyone else and has included them in Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
. Linnaeus writes that he has most of the East Indian plants and more than 2000 plants from Ceylon and that he is studies them all the time. Linnaeus also writes that a rare species of grass will be named after Bielke.

Linnaeus writes that a Societas Scientiarum for Historiae Naturalis Americanae has been established in Philadelphia [Linnaeus refers to the American Philosophical SocietyAmerican Philosophical Society,
American. Founded in 1743 through the
advocacy of Benjamin Franklin, and is
the oldest learned society in the United
States of America.
], founded by Linnaeus’s supporters John ClaytonClayton, John (1685-1773).
British/American. Physician and
botanist. Born i England, moved to
Virginia in North America in 1715. His
herbarium collected in Virginia was
published by Johan Frederik Gronovius
and Linnaeus in Flora Virginica
(1739, 1743). Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Cadwallader ColdenColden, Cadwallader
(1688-1776). American. Physician of
Scottish origin, botanist, physicist,
politician. Lieutenant governor of New
York. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Barthram [John BartramBartram, John (1701-1777).
American. Botanist living in
Pennsylvania and Delaware. Father of
John Bartram the Younger and William
Bartram. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
]. Linnaeus writes that he hopes that a similar society will be established in East India.

Linnaeus writes that 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.
is said to have considered Bielke’s and Linnaeus’s discussion and that Bielke can now make


a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnés arkiv). [1] [2]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 194-195   p.194  p.195.