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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1021 • Johann Albrecht Gesner to Carl Linnaeus, 20 March 1747 n.s.
Dated 20 Martii 1747. Sent from Stuttgart (Germany) to (). Written in Latin.

ILLUSTRI atque DOCTISSIMO
D[omino] D[octori] CAROLO LINNAEO,
Archiatr[o] et Professori Regio,
celeberrimo et meritissimo,
S[alutem] D[icit] P[lurimam]
D[ominus] Johann[es] Albert[us] Gesnerus,
S[erenissimi] D[ucis] Wurtenberg[ensis] W[urtenbergensis]Karl Eugen, Duke of Würtemberg
(1728-1793). German.
Archiat[er]
et consil[iarius].

Nescio, an qui has defert literas mercator vinarius natione Gallus ipse Te accedendi occasionem et gratiam inveniet. Rogavit tamen, ut ipsi literas darem commendatitias. Vir est probus ex honesta familia mihi ab aliquot annis sincerus expertus. Praxin apud vos quaerit Vina Burgundiaca et alia Gallica vendendi. An vero inveniet, nescio. Tamen, si illi in hac re occasio TIBI est commendando inservire, gratum mihi facies. Litterae meae, quibus gratiarum actionem D[omino] Cancellario et TIBI, vir illustris, pro electione in membrum vestrae academiae Reg[iae] persolvi, procul dubio ante obitum Laudati D[omini] Cancellarii illustr[is] Comitis de GyllenborgGyllenborg, Carl (1679-1746).
Swedish. Chancellor of Uppsala
University and Lund University.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
ad vos pervenere.

Labores concatenati, itinera frequentia, obicem hucusque posuerunt specimen aliquod ad vos transmittendi. Historiae cobalti altera pars, quae multa curiosa continet, elaborata, typis tamen nondum excusa est.[1]

Licetne vero opusculi M[anu]sc[riptum] dedicatione in gratiarum actionem ad vos transmittere vel potius impressa aliquot exemplaria? Fac, quaeso, ut, quam primum id fieri potest, sciam.

Rediit ad nos D[ominus] GmelinusGmelin, Johann Georg
(1709-1755). German. Voyager, botanist
and chemist. At the initiative of
empress Anna of Russia he spent ten
years (1733-1743) exploring Siberia. In
1749 he became professor of botany and
chemistry at Tübingen. Together
with his nephew Samuel Gottlieb he wrote
Flora Sibirica (1747-1769).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
olim Petropolitanus, nunc apud nos Tubingae Professor Medic[inae], et in eo sudat, ut florae Sibiricae tom[um] 2 publici juris faciat.[2] Semina, quae olim transmisi, magna ex parte apud Vos progerminavere, spero. Gratiarum actionem, quam publice in amoenitat[ibus] academ[icis] mihi testari voluisti, legi.[3] Cum vero gratiarum actio pro invitatione ad alia servitia habetur, rogo, ut, si qua in re Tibi utilis esse atque servire possum, certiorem me facias. Semper ad quaecumque officia paratum me invenies. Vale et me amare perge! Ignosce etiam festinanti!

Dab[am] Stuttgard[iae] die 20 Martii 1747.

P.S. Certiorem me facias, rogo, atque iterum rogo, qua occasione vel literas vel fasciculos ad TE mittere possim. Nemo vel nullus ex vestris Hamburg[i] vel[a][a] : MS1 <aut> vel Lübec[i] degit, cui tradi possunt.

upSUMMARY

Johann Albrecht Gesner has written to Chancellor Carl Gyllenborg and forwarded his thanks for having been elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

The second part of Gesner’s account on cobalt has not yet been published.

Johann Georg Gmelin is now professor of medicine at Tübingen. He works with the second volume of Flora Sibirica.

Gesner has read Linnaeus’s expression of gratitude towards him in Amoenitates academicae.

P.S. Gesner wants to know how letters and parcels can be sent to Linnaeus.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, IV, 456-457). [1] [2] [3]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
MS1 <aut> vel

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
Gesner, Historiae cadmiae fossilis metallicae sive cobaltiGesner, Johann Albrecht
Historiae cadmiae fossilis metallicae
sive cobalti et ex illo praeparatorum
zaffarae et smalti pars prior

(Berlin 1744).
. The second part seems to have been a project never realised.
2.
Gmelin, Flora SibiricaGmelin, Johann Georg Flora
Sibirica, sive Historia plantarum
Sibiriae
(St Petersburg 1747-1769).
. Volume II “1749” was published early 1752.
3.