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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1056 • Albrecht von Haller to Carl Linnaeus, 23 October 1749 n.s.
Dated 23 Pct. 1749. Sent from Göttingen (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Perhumaniter facis, Linnaee celeberrime, quod aliquam meorum commodorum rationem habeas humanissime, quod a[a][a] : MS1 <in> a [added above
the line
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flora Suecica[1] abesse vis ea, quae amicitiae nostrae minus videntur convenire. Quod classes plantarum[2] adtinet, mittam, si potero, methodum meam, hiulcam quidem, et paucorum generum, paulum tamen reformatam.[3] Sed nunc non vacat ob anatomicos, ut nosti, labores.[4]

SauvagiiSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
(1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
quae habes, da, quaeso, RosénioRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, qui mittet cum aliis, quibus me donare solet. Misi tibi varia, etiam a BarreroBarrère, Pierre
(1690-1755). French. Professor of
medicine, Perpignan. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, tabulas nervorum foliorum, quae Noribergae prodeunt. Sed non videris accepisse et de eo fasciculo toto sum valde sollicitus.

Te calamistri characterem invenisse gaudeo Tecum. Ego hac aestate tota periculose primum, deinde chronice decubui, et adhucdum sum infirmioris stomachi maleque digero. Nihil inveni, imo ne quaesivi quidem. Characteres tamen exterarum stirpium perfeci, quos in prodromo Ger[maniae] flor[ae][5] videbis, si DEUS dabit vitam.

Disp[utationes] Tuas plusculas, gratissimum donum, accepi a Rosénio.

Nova nunc proxime ex nundinis exspectamus, botanica quidem vix ulla. Sed LudwigiiLudwig, Christian Gottlieb
(1709-1773). German. Physician.
Professor of medicine in Leipzig. One of
Linnaeus’s early opponents.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
demum perfectum de Tuis opus et tabulas forte TrewiiTrew, Christopher Jacob
(1695-1769). German. Botanist,
physician and counsellor of the margrave
of Ansbach.
stirpium rariorum. HannaeiHannaeus, Georg (1705-1750).
German?. Doctor of medicine in 1735 in
Copenhagen, physician. Corespondent of
Linnaeus.
non prodiit, qua tussilago cum charactere microscopico aucto exprimitur, in altera Galanthus, sed flore pleno.[6]

Aveo scire, quid boni adlaturus sit KalmiusKalm, 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.
, a quo plurima licet exspectare. Magnifica ex his itineribus nascitur Tibi inveniendi opportunitas.

Ita vero vale et me, ut soles, ama

A[lbertum] Hallerum.[7]

Gottingae d[ie] 23 Oct[obris] 1749.

[address] A Monsieur / Monsieur Linnaeus Professeur / en Botanique trez celebre / A Upsal.

upSUMMARY

Albrecht von Haller considers that it would be a nice gesture if Linnaeus were willing to delete those passages in Flora Svecica which endanger their friendship. Haller will send over his own method for Classes plantarum. But it has many gaps and only embraces a few genera. Nils Rosén von Rosenstein can be given what François Boissier de la Croix de Sauvages has sent to Haller through Linnaeus. Haller has sent some things to Linnaeus, some from Pierre Barrère, and plates of the veins of leaves, published at Nuremberg. He congratulates Linnaeus on having found the character of Calamistrum. Haller has completed the characters of those German plants that do not belong to Switzerland; they will be seen in the “Prodromus Florae Germanicae”. Christian Gottlieb Ludwig has finished a work in which Linnaeus is discussed. The publication of Georg Hannaeus work, where Tussilago is augmented with the help of microscopical characters, has not yet appeared. He looks forward to learning about the acquisitions of Pehr Kalm.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, VI, 195). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. "[12 Letters from Albrecht von Haller]" (1792), p. 114 .
2. A selection (1821), vol. 2, p. 433-435   p.433  p.434  p.435.

upTEXTUAL NOTES

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upEXPLANATORY NOTES

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Both Linnaeus and Haller were botanical giants. Posterity was to remember them as the Caesar and Pompey of Botany. Intellectually the many-sided genius Haller was on a high level, with a keen eye for details. But since his botanical work was restricted to North Germany and his native Switzerland and he refused to adopt the binominal system of nomenclature, he made no lasting impact on the classification of European flora. See Jönsson, “Carl Linnaeus and his German critics. Polemics in the Linnaean correspondence”Jönsson, A.-M. “Linnaeus
and his German critics” (forthcoming).
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Haller’s German Flora was a project which was never realised.
6.
Georg Hannaeus printed Musaeum naturae in 1748.
7.
In 1749 Haller was ennobled by Emperor Francis I of Austria.