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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0973 • Albrecht von Haller to Carl Linnaeus, 17 October 1748 n.s.
Dated 17 Oct. 1748. Sent from Göttingen (Germany) to (). Written in Latin.

Quid me mones ad pacem,[a][a] : MS1 [twice, also added above
the line
]
Linnaee celeberrime, quo nemo avidius pacem sequitur, quem nosti Tecum eum animum semper demonstrasse et quem paucissimorum hominum injuriae ita in ordinem coegerunt, ut non potuerim contentionem evitare, qui multa tibi neque respondi hactenus vel verbulo a multis, cum possem facillime.

Quid a me petis, ut cum favore Tua censeam, qui cum admiratione Tui foecundissimi ingenii censeo omnia et porro censebo. Avidus exspecto Tua, sed vidi nondum.

Anemonospermon Taraxaci f[oliis] incanis dissecui et descripsi.

Gratum est audivisse fuisse in amicis nostris culpam, quod non sint accensi societati. Si me amas, fac adoptetur Johannes Gesnerus Tui abunde, ut nosti, cupidus, Praeses Societatis physicae Tigurinae.[2] Ego in culpa sum, ut innocentiss[imus] et modestiss[imus] vir se socium Academiae vestrae scripsit. Nollem ipsi esse dedecori meam in discernendis Gesneris incuriam.

Fac, quaeso, Linnaee[b][b] : MS1 <[illegible]>
Linnaee
praestantissime, ne me ejus, quod Tibi hic do, consilii poeniteat. Noli occidere species et in[c][c] : MS1 <per> in [added above
the line
]
varietates reducere, uti adeo frequenter soles. Noli definire de fato plantarum nisi omnibus examinatis. Ophioscorodon non est Allium in RuppioRuppe, Heinrich Bernhard
(1688-1719). German. Student of
medicine, botanist, author of the
Flora Jenensis (1718).
pictum.[1] Differt floribus abortivis, bulbis multo majoribus, caule convoluto, quae omnia in Allio amphicarpo aliter se habent, cui flores manifesti violacei sunt, bulbi decuplo minores nullo convoluto.[e][e] : MS1 [sc.] caule Ita neque duo alia Allia eadem sunt, quae conjunxisti. Ita cogis me, ut a Te dissentiam et notem nostrum dissensum, cum non possint utique bonas verasque[d][d] : MS1 [read] bonae veraeque stirpes absque dolore meo[f][f] : MS1 [added above the line] perire et sub varietatum titulo eripi botanicis.

Meus prodromus florae Germanicae intra annum, ut spero, absolvitur; non poterit prius.[3]

Vale et me, ut soles, ama!

D[abam] 17 Oct[obris] 1748.

[address] Celeberrimo Linnaeo / Salutem d. / A. Haller.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus should not preach peace to Albrecht von Haller, because Haller is the one so desirous of preserving it. Haller has dissected and described Anemonospermon Taraxaci foliis incanis. Haller wants Johannes Gesner, President of the Physical Society of Zürich, to be elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

Haller advises Linnaeus not to strike out species and reduce them to varieties as frequently as he does. Furthermore, he should not determine the characters of plants until he has examined them all. Ophioscorodon is not the Allium illustrated in Heinrich Bernhard Ruppe. It differs in having abortive flowers, bulbs ten times larger and no convoluted stem, which are all different in Allium amphicarpum. Haller cannot allow good and genuine plants to perish and be lost under the title of varieties.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, VI, 194). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. A selection (1821), vol. 2, p. 430-432   p.430  p.431  p.432.

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
MS1 [twice, also added above the line]
b.
MS1 <[illegible]> Linnaee
c.
MS1 <per> in [added above the line]
d.
MS1 [read] bonae veraeque
e.
MS1 [sc.] caule
f.
MS1 [added above the line]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
2.
Albrecht von Haller fears that he has misunderstood Linnaeus regarding Johannes Gesner being elected a member the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. On behalf of the Academy Linnaeus invited Haller, Gesner and others to become members (see Linnaeus to Albrecht von Haller, 12 May 1747 o.s., 23 May 1747 n.s.). However, Linnaeus on 13 September 1748, o.s., 24 September 1748 n.s. informs Haller that the Academy finally admits only those who give an answer and signify their acceptance of this honour. Obviously Gesner has failed to answer and thus not been accepted.
3.
Haller’s German Flora was a project never realised.