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Link: • Carl Gustaf Tessin to Carl Linnaeus, 28 February 1746 n.s.
Dated le 17. Fevrier 1746. Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in French.


Carl Gustaf TessinTessin, Carl Gustaf
(1695-1770). Swedish. Count, important
politician and patron of science and
art. He supported Swedish artists and
scientists and collected art, books and
natural history objects. He assisted
Linnaeusís career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
has received a book from Linnaeus [see Linnaeus to Tessin, 2 January 1746Letter L0664; the book was the Öländska och gothländska resaLinnaeus, Carl
Öländska och
Gothländska Resa på Riksens
högloflige ständers befallning
förrättad åhr 1741. Med
anmärkningar uti oeconomien,
natural-historien, antiquiteter &c
med åtskillige figurer

(Stockholm & Uppsala 1745). Soulsby
no. 202.
] and expresses his gratitude. Though he would be totally convinced of the quality of the book simply by seeing it and considering the famous authorís reputation, Tessin will read it from beginning to end. That will take some time since he hardly has a moment to spare.

Tessin thinks that his appreciation is of little value since he has only a smattering of the science Linnaeus is teaching. On the other hand ignorant persons are usually the most critical. Tessin asks Linnaeus to accept his admiration and recognition which is independent of the friendship that Tessin has felt for a long time. Tessin has read Linnaeusís work with attention and inexpressible enjoyment. He has been travelling with Linnaeus, he has participated in Linnaeusís investigations and it has pleased him to see his countryís fertility. Tessin expresses his gratitude once again for the company, hoping that Linnaeus will allow him to accompany him when he travels across the other provinces.

Tessin has presented the copies to Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] and Princess [Lovisa UlrikaLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] and they asked Tessin to express their wish to encourage Linnaeus to continue this useful and pleasing work. Linnaeus ought to be flattered by such praise. He asks Linnaeus to accept and benefit from their protection.


a. original holograph (LS, XV, 86-89). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]