Carl August von BergenBergen, Carl August von
(1704-1759). German. Doctor of
medicine. Professor of botany and
anatomy, later of pathology and therapy,
Frankfurt/Oder. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. seizes an opportunity to send Linnaeus some new works and also to ask if Linnaeus ever received the bundle he had sent two years earlier [von Bergen to Linnaeus, 15 July 1744Letter L0569]. Bergen is surprised that the exchange of information between them, which had just been started, works so badly that Bergen sees letters from Linnaeus more seldom than he sees animals from the remote countries of India.
The reason why he mentions such animals is that Bergen has just seen a live female rhinoceros, quite unlike the elephant and more like a boar and so fond of wet places, that some scholars consider it to be an amphibious animal. Bergen specifies which of Linnaeusís works that he expected to receive in return for the things he had sent himself. He is most interested in Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
academicae, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280. together with Musa CliffortianaLinnaeus, Carl Musa
Cliffortiana florens Hartecampi 1736
prope Harlemum (Leiden 1736). and Flora LapponicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Lapponica exhibens plantas per Lapponiam
crescentes, secundum systema sexuale
collectas in itinere [...] Additis
synonymis, & locis natalibus omnium,
descriptionibus & figuris rariorum,
viribus medicatis & oeconomicis
plurimarum (Amsterdam, 1737).
Soulsby no. 279. , which he had already asked for in an earlier letter [von Bergen to Linnaeus, 24 June 1744Letter L0493]. Linnaeus is advised to hand over what is meant for Bergen to a Mr JansonJanson, Swedish?. , who has promised to ensure that it is delivered safely to Bergen.