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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Sten Carl Bielke, 24 February 1746 n.s.
Dated 13 febr 1746. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). 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.
to thank him for his hospitality during the New Year holidays and to express how much he appreciated their meeting.

Linnaeus writes that through 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.
he has learned about Carl Fredrik Piper’sPiper, Carl Fredrik
(1700-1770). Swedish. President of the
Swedish Judicial Board for Public Lands
and Funds. Son of Carl Piper, father of
Carl Gustaf and Fredrik Thure
appreciation of “Iter Gotlandicum” [Linnaeus refers to his 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 Linnaeus thanks Bielke.

Linnaeus writes that the observations concerning buckwheat [Linnaeus refers to Bielke’s "Berättelse om Bohvete"Bielke, Sten Carl
"Berättelse om Bohvete, huru
det i Finland idkas och nyttias",
KVAH, 8 (1746), 25-48.
] were very interesting.

Linnaeus asks Bielke to try to bring about a speedy decision regarding Kalm’s journey. He also asks about the answer from the Board of factory industries [Manufactur-contoiret] and about possible private funds.

Linnaeus asks Bielke to remember him, when dealing with the affairs of the Education Commission [initiated 1745 by the Hats’s to promote useful knowledge, and where Bielke was a member].

Linnaeus writes that Bielke’s priest Erik AlmAlm, Erik (1713-1765).
Swedish. Clergyman. Household chaplan at
Bielke´s mother, Ursula Kristina
Bielke, born Törne. Thereafter
vicar of Skepptuna. Brother of Petrus
is coming to study for Linnaeus. Magnus Olai BeroniusBeronius, Magnus Olai
(1692-1775). Swedish. Professor of
theology, Uppsala. Bishop of Kalmar in
1745, archbishop in 1764.
has asked Linnaeus to recommend a young priest from Alsike to take his place. However, Linnaeus will not recommend a priest who is not interested in botany.

Linnaeus writes that “our” Chinese priest [Christopher TärnströmTärnström, Christopher
(1711-1746). Swedish. Clergyman and
botanist. At the recommendation of
Linnaeus, he was accepted as chaplain by
the Swedish East India Company. In 1746
he departed for China but died on the
island of Pulo Candor, Vietnam.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] has got a better lodgings on the ship and another chest.

Linnaeus writes that he would like to hear from Kalm and hopes that Kalm will be able to make his journey.


a. original holograph (Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek, Musei arkiv no 1303). [1] [2]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 201-202   p.201  p.202.