Linnaeus starts by referring to a previously written letter to 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
Linnaeus. [this letter has not come down to us]. Now he writes to Tessin about rumours indicating some promotion or title. Linnaeus expresses doubts, at the same time as he praises the King [Fredrik IFredrik I, (1676-1751).
Swedish. Reigned 1720-1751. Married to
Ulrika Eleonora. ] and the Crown 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.
].[The expressed happiness might have its background in the appointment of Linnaeus to be physician-in-ordinary to the Royal family on January 23, 1747].
Linnaeus mentions that Samuel KlingenstiernaKlingenstierna, Samuel
(1698-1765). Swedish. Physicist and
mathematician, professor of experimental
physics at Uppsala. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. is in Stockholm and that he will return the coming Sunday and mentions that the late Anders CelsiusCelsius, Anders (1701-1744).
Swedish. Professor of astronomy,
Uppsala. Correspondent of Linnaeus. had been in the same situation.
Linnaeus expresses his deep gratitude to Tessin for having contacted the Prince in this matter [Linnaeus refers to Adolf Fredrik, being Chancellor of the Uppsala University 1747-1751].