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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1086 • Carl Linnaeus to Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien and Pehr Elvius, 10 May 1749 n.s.
Dated 1749 d. 29 April. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Min K[iäre] Broder.

Nu reser D[octo]r Hasselqvist åt Terra sancta, han har mycket få styfwer at hugna sig wid. Om Min Bror älskar wettenskaper och deras idkare, så kan M[in] Br[or] wisa det på honom; i studier går han öfwer Professor Kalm, och kommer denna hem, så går han högre, fast han litet talar. bed på mine wägnar alla de herrarne af Kongl[iga] W[ettenskaps] Academien, som älska dygd och wettenskaper at de det nu wisa på honom; Lefwer han till hemkomsten, går han högre i namn än någor swensk.

jag lägger detta på Min Brors samwete, för hwilken M[in] Br[or] skall swara mig inför den lärda och ärbara werlden.

Vale.

Min Brors
lydige
Carl Linnaeus.

1749 d[en] 29 April[is]
Upsala
på resan stadd.

upSUMMARY

Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is now on his way to the Palestine. Linnaeus is aware that Hasselquist’s travelling funds are poor, but he mentions him as his first and foremost disciple, outshining even Pehr KalmKalm, 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.
. The Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
, i.e., Pehr ElviusElvius, Pehr (1710-1749).
Swedish. Engineer and mathematician,
secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy
of Sciences.
] should plead with the members of the Academy to support Hasselquist in every way. If Hasselquist survives his mission, he will become the most famous person in Sweden.

[This was the last letter, addressed directly to Pehr Elvius, that Linnaeus wrote. Elvius passed away in September 1749].

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. Contemporary copy (KVA, Bergius, XV, 24). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Svenska arbeten (1879), vol. 1, p. 203-204   p.203  p.204.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1908), vol. I:2, p. 128   p.128.