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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0844 • Carl Linnaeus to Georg Dionysius Ehret, 13 October 1747 n.s.
Dated 1747. d. 2 Octobris. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to London (Great Britain). Written in Latin.


Pictori Egregio
D[omin]o G[eorgio] Dionysio] Ehret,
Amico antiquo

Ut tester quanti te tuamque amicitiam faciam has exaro literas. Tibi debeo multas et millenas gratias, qui constans permanseris amicus et quotannis mittis pulcherrimas picturas,[1] nitidissima tua manu exaratas, quae ornant et illustrant parietes musei mei et spectatores in tui admirationem rapiunt. Ego qui nil reddere queam, reddam gratum semper animum. Apud te commendatum habeo D[ominum] KalmiumKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
nostratem, si ipsi dederis vel plantam siccam vel picturam, vel semen aliquod pro me, ille certo transmittet. Tibi facilis et quotidianus patet aditus ad Hortum ChelseianumThe Chelsea Physic Garden,
British. Founded in 1673 by the Society
of Apothecaries.
, unde facile aliquot semina mittere poteris, quod velis nullus dubito.

Ad hanc academiam nostram UpsaliensemUppsala University, Swedish.
Uppsala University was founded in 1477.
comparavimus et instruximus observatorium Astronomicum, Hortum BotanicumLinnéträdgården,
Swedish. The Uppsala University
Botanical Garden was founded by Olof
Rudbeck the Elder in 1655.
, Theatrum Anatomicum, instrumenta physica et omnia quae ad ornamentum scientiarum spectant; solus Pictor deficit; habemus senem pictorem,[2] cujus fata exspectamus; tum nil magis in votis nobis esset, quam si te potuissemus nobis comparare; tum haberemus omnia. Ostendas quaeso D[omino] Kalmio nostro rariora Angliae vestrae; ipsi quod feceris, mihi facta reputabo.

CAROL. LINNAEUS

Dabam Upsaliae, 1747. d[ie] 2 Octobris.

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

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus writes this letter to express his gratitude. Every year Georg Dionysios Ehret sends wonderful pictures that now adorn the walls of Linnaeus’s study and make the visitors go into raptures. Linnaeus can not reciprocate but will always be grateful. Ehret has a visitor, Linnaeus’s countryman Pehr Kalm. To him Ehret can leave everything he wants to send to Linnaeus. As Ehret has daily access to the Chelsea Physic Garden, he will no doubt be able to send seeds from it to Linnaeus.

Uppsala University is well furnished: there are an astronomical observatory, a botanical garden, an anatomical theatre, physical instruments, and all sorts of scientific paraphernalia. The only thing missing is an illustrator. They do have an old one, Filip Jakob Thelott, whose decease they are looking forward to. If they, after his departure, could have Ehret as his successor, they would be complete and have nothing more to wish for. Linnaeus asks Ehret to show Pehr Kalm the things most worth seeing in England. Linnaeus will appreciate this as much as if it were done to himself.

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. 48 .

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
On these illustrations see also Linnaeus to Ehret, 12 August 1747 o.s., 23 August 1747 n.s.Letter L0822.
2.