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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0706 • Carl Linnaeus to Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien, 14 April 1746 n.s.
Dated 3 April 1746. Sent from ? () to ? (). Written in Swedish.

Jag tror det är bäst låta academierne i tyskland behålla sina mönstra, som de framgifwa hwart åhr, ty man får aldrig där af annor reson, än att naturen kan sig förändra på 1000de sätt i sitt rerum primordio. andra academier hafwa wäl ock undertiden monstra, men då merendels där till anatomien, fast än all deras anatomie på monstra eij gifwit en enda anledning till något nytt i anatomia corporis humani. jag skulle önska att Academien aldrig insatte sådana monstra, utan då största fattigdom woro på observationer, att man hade intet nyttigt att framgifwa.

C[arl] L[innaeus]

upSUMMARY

The German Academies could keep their monsters which they present every year, because they can only prove that nature can make thousands of changes in rerum primordio. Other Academies have also presented monsters, mainly related to anatomy, but they have not demonstrated anything of value related to the human anatomy. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] should not publish reports about such monsters. [This statement was caused by an observation sent in from postmaster SegerwaldSegerwald, Swedish.
Postmaster, Malmö.
in Malmö of a deformed female foetus, dated 3 april 1746 o.s., and was announced in the Academy on the 19 April 1746 o.s.].

Nils Rosén von RosensteinRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
is not in town [Uppsala]. This observation is not useful, not properly made, must be rejected.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA).

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1908), vol. I:2, p. 70-71   p.70  p.71.