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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0822 • Carl Linnaeus to Georg Dionysius Ehret, 23 August 1747 n.s.
Dated 1747 d. 12. Aug.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Chelsea (Great Britain). Written in Latin.

Amico antiquo
G[eorgio] D[ionysio] Ehret
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Carol[us] Linnaeus

Multa tibi debeo, Amice colende, quod multoties pulcherrima tua dona ad me misisti; doleo et dolui semper quod numquam licuit mutuis officiis inservire, quum ego remotissimus habitem; omnes qui vident tuas picturas stupescunt.[1] Est nobis Pictor Academiae[2] senex qui nec videt nec audit; omnes heic optant ejus fatum, ut te possent invitare, quamvis desperent obtinere, cum tui par in hisce non vident orbis. Accepi tuum Cereum minimum et Agaricum ramosum et Magnoliam, singula artis magisteria.[1] Si poteris, Vir amicissime, semina aliquot pro me legas in Horto Chelseiano et mittas per conterraneum meum, qui has tradit literas; quamvis ego nequeam mutuis inservire, tamen amico grato, licet absente, pius semper in te vivam. Te plurimum salutat NietzelNietzel, Diedrich (1703-1756).
German. George Clifford’s gardener at
Hartecamp. Became university gardener at
Uppsala, where he died. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
meus; ille optime valet, et habet propriam uxorem et filiolam propriam, et tranquille jam degit mecum in horto inter plantas non infrequentes.

Vale et mei memor vivas ut ego tui.

Mr. NoringNoring, Carl Niclas
(17171-1786). Swedish. Pastor of the
Swedish Church, London 1748-1760.
at the Red Bull, Thames Street, just by the Still Yard

Dabam Upsaliae, 1747 d[ie] 12. Aug[usti].

[address] Pictori / Egregio / G. D. Ehret / Chelse.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus is very grateful for the gifts Georg Dionysius Ehret has sent, but he is sorry he can not reciprocate. Ehret’s illustrations cause enormous admiration in Uppsala. There is an old painter at Uppsala University [Linnaeus refers presumably to Filip Jakob Thelott], but he can neither see nor hear. Everybody is hoping he will die soon and, if possible, be replaced by Ehret. Linnaeus has received illustrations of Cereus minimus, Agaricus ramosus and Magnolia, each of them masterpieces. He asks Ehret for seeds from the Chelsea Physic Garden. These seeds can be returned by Carl Niclas Noring, who delivers this letter.

Didrich Nietzel sends his best wishes to Ehret. He is now a married man and has a little daughter and works together with Linnaeus in the Uppsala University Botanical Garden.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, B. Linnaeus. Ms. Letters to D. Ehret, I.B=Supplements.). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. “Short memoir of George Dionysius Ehret” (1886), p. 47-48 .

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
It is unclear if this letter is a reply to Georg Dionysios Ehret, sending gifts to Linnaeus. If so, this letter from Ehret has not come down to us. The gifts might however be identical with the illustrations mentioned a bit further down in the letter. Two months later, Linnaeus thanks Ehret for sending him pictures, which adorn the walls in Linnaeus’s home, see Linnaeus to Ehret, 2 October 1747 o.s., 13 October 1747 n.s.Letter L0844. On Ehret and Linnaeus in these years, see Calmann, Ehret: flower painter extraordinaryCalmann, G. Ehret: flower
painter extraordinary. An illustrated
biography
(London 1977).
, 50-51.
2.