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Link: • Carl Hårleman to Carl Linnaeus, 8 August 1748 n.s.
Dated 28 Julij 1748. Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Carl HårlemanHårleman, Carl
(1700-1753). Swedish. Nobleman,
architect, royal superintendent.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is happy to hear that botany is thriving in Uppsala under Linnaeus’s guidance.

This popularity is something exceptional in the academic world. This is all very good, but Hårleman wants to sound a note of warning. Many of his friends are upset after hearing of this unacademic behaviour. Many colleagues are envious, others hope that Linnaeus’s activities will soon end in disarray and fiasco. Hårleman reminds Linnaeus of their duties towards the young generation: to set rules and not leave room for vices; they have to learn to walk before we can ask them to run. Just think, if Samuel KlingenstiernaKlingenstierna, Samuel
(1698-1765). Swedish. Physicist and
mathematician, professor of experimental
physics at Uppsala. Correspondent of
, Daniel SolanderSolander, Daniel (1733-1782).
Swedish. Naturalist, explorer. Student
in Uppsala under Linnaeus and Johan
Gottschalk Wallerius. Went to London in
1760. Curator of natural history
collections at the British Museum.
Botanist on Cook’s first voyage
1768-1771. Joseph Bank’s librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
or Strömmer [Martin StrömerStrömer, Martin
(1707-1770). Swedish. Astronomer,
professor in Uppsala from 1745.
] would behave like this. More strictness and restraint is recommended. Swedes are serious and slow, and find it difficult to combine pleasure with usefulness. Therefore, we should stick to our customary behaviour. This makes us less popular but our friends remain faithful and trustworthy.

Linnaeus must understand this is written with the best of intentions and out of love by his most faithful and genuine servant.


a. original holograph (LS, VI, 272-273). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 138-140   p.138  p.139  p.140.