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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Sten Carl Bielke, 8 November 1746 n.s.
Dated 28 Oct. 1746. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus writes a thank you letter 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 tells him that he very much enjoyed their meeting at Löfstad.

Linnaeus writes that he understands that Bielke would like Linnaeus to ask for additional financial support from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] and he declines. He also declines to ask the Swedish Parliament [Sveriges Riksdag].

Linnaeus writes about his enormous work Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
and writes that also William SherardSherard, William (1659-1728).
British. British consul in Smyrna.
Collector of botanical specimens. Took
the initiative to the first chair in
botany at Oxford. The first professor
was Johan Jacob Dillenius. Owner of the
estate Eltham in Kent.
and Johann Jacob DilleniusDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
were weighed down by their work. Hopefully posterity will note that Linnaeus persevered.

Linnaeus writes that he would be happy if he did not have to meet other people. He writes that Uppsala is different from Paris and Leiden and that here botany is not as important to other people as it is to Bielke.

Linnaeus writes that if he got 100 ducats as a yearly pension he would donate amongst other things his herbaria, minerals and botanical library to the Academy if it would help his profession without hurting his children. Linnaeus asks Bielke not to tell anybody about his thoughts. Linnaeus asks why he should contribute more to the Academy than other professors.

Linnaeus writes that he will publish a thesis that will be more exciting than a whole year’s publications from Paris [it is unclear, what Linnaeus meant, he did not publish any thesis between 11 June 1746 and 17 June 1747).

Linnaeus ends the letter and asks Bielke not to increase his workload.


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 202-204   p.202  p.203  p.204.