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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0938 • Albrecht von Haller to Carl Linnaeus, 12 August 1748 n.s.
Dated 12 Aug. 1748. Sent from Göttingen (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Ill[ustri][a][a] : MS1 [manuscript damaged] Viro,
D[omino] D[octori] [Carolo Li]nnaeo.[a][a] : MS1 [manuscript damaged]

Has Tibi repraesentabit MissaMissa, Henri (?-?). French.
Physician. Arrived in Uppsala in 1748.
Linnaeus’s first foreign student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Tuus, juvenis Tui amantissimus[1] et omnis rei herbariae atque inprimis genera quae constituit cupidissimus, qui aliquot diebus fuit nobiscum.

Nunquam Tibi fui infensus nec sum iniquus. Occasione HambergeriHamberger, Georg Erhard
(1697-1755). German. Professor at Jena.
One of Albrecht von Haller’s critics
regarding physiological matters.
, qui methodum tuam super ipsam Tuam voluntatem ursit, aliquem a Te dissensum occasione graminum et plantularum nonnullarum coactus sum demonstrare, ut inscium hominum convincerem. Nihil inde nostro decedit amori, ut videbis ex censura horti Upsaliensis,[2] quem nuper, nescio unde accepi, et avide perlegi et multa inveni mutata in speciebus. Dissertationes Tuae mihi essent acceptissimae per BergstraliumBergstral, Johan (1715-1795).
Swedish. Member of Collegium Medicum in
Stockholm in 1754.
aliosve. Mitterem ego aliqua, sed vix habeo. Editur tamen disp[utatio] de methodo naturali neque ea tamen mea sed D[omini] Trendelenburgii,[3] quem servabo.

Mariscum marinum nuper copiose inveni et characterem revolvi, qui peculiaris est et a schoeno diversus et a MicheliMicheli, Pietro Antonio
(1679-1737). Italian. Botanist, curator
of the botanical garden of Florence.
Before Linnaeus the leading authority on
cryptogames.
observatione. In Hieracio frut[icoso] angustifolio placentam squamulis distinctam reperi. In Arctoti aliter quam Tu sensi[b][b] : MS1 [added above the line] , flosculos[c][c] : MS1 <florend-> flosculos nempe abortivos, flosculos in disco androgynos solos fertiles.

Optime mereris de re herbaria, dum mittis qui eam augeant. Mihi id non licet. Regis adventus me multis implicavit laboribus et rei nocuit herbariae.

De seminibus mature monebo. Ego pauca habeo et in dies, ni fallor, pauciora, sed dabitur his quoque finis. Nova in Germania nulla. GuettardumGuettard, Jean Etienne
(1715-1786). French. Naturalist,
geologist and mineralogist. Director of
the museum of natural history objects of
the duke of Orléans. Best known
for his geological and mineralogical
studies of France. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
habes.[4]

Vale et me ama!

D[abam] 12 Aug[usti] 1748.

[address] A Monsieur / Monsieur Linnaeus Archiatre et Professeur / en botanique d’Upsal trez celebre / a Upsal

upSUMMARY

Albrecht von Haller sends this letter with Henri Missa, who is very devoted to botany and the study of genera. Haller demonstrated to Georg Erhard Hamberger some differences between himself and Linnaeus regarding grasses and some plants. Haller has written a review of Linnaeus’s Hortus Upsaliensis, in which there are many changes regarding species. He will send Trendelenburg’s dissertation on a natural method.

Haller has found a lot of Mariscus marinus. Its character differs both from Schoenus and from Pietro Antonio Micheli’s account. He has found that the placenta in Hieracium fruticosum angustifolium is covered with small scales. Linnaeus description of Arctotis differs from Haller’s own; the florets are abortive, while the androgynous florets of the disc alone are fertile.

There has been very little time for botany. He has only a few seeds. There is nothing new in Germany. Linnaeus already has Jean Étienne Guettard.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, VI, 193). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. A selection (1821), vol. 2, p. 423-425   p.423  p.424  p.425.

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
MS1 [manuscript damaged]
b.
MS1 [added above the line]
c.
MS1 <florend-> flosculos

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
Henri Missa, Linnaeus’s first foreign disciple, arrived in Uppsala in August 1748 with a letter of recommendation from Albrecht von Haller. This was a great sensation, because never before had a student from Paris come to Uppsala University. He was well received by Linnaeus (see Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 23 September 1748 o.s., 4 October 1748 n.s.). However, in 1749 things changed. Missa declared that botany should not concern him any longer and that he would follow the French minister back to France as his physician (see Linnaeus to Haller, 6 March 1749 o.s., 17 March 1749 n.s.). Missa then returned to France and nothing further is known about him. See Fries, Linné. LefnadsteckningFries, T. M. Linné.
Lefnadsteckning
, I-II (Stockholm
1903).
, II, 16-17.
2.
3.
4.
Haller probably refers to Guettard’s Observations sur les plantesGuettard, Jean Etienne
Observations sur les plantes,
I-II (Paris 1747).
.