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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1132 • Carl Linnaeus to Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien and Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, [5 April 1750] n.s.
Dated Undated, but presumably written in early May 1750.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

M[in] Herre.

Alla desse Diuren som H[err] Hesselius beskrifwer äro bekante och långt bättre beskrefne för uht. Flygande ickorren i actis Petropol[itanis], Råttan af Rajas, Ikorrarne af Castesby. Stackars folk de willia ganska wähl, men äga ingen insicht i saken. Inga äro skadeligare för wettenskaperne än semidocti; de upfylla med pratke hela wärden; skrifwa mycket och kunna där med ej hielpa wettenskapen, utan det 1000 andre sagt, tro de wara nytt.

jag har läsit Hiortzbergs resa med tårar, at se ett så godt ingenium ej haft anledning, och doch welat så wähl. En sådan hade kunnat lärt på en dag, så mycket som en annor på ½ åhr. han har ritat braf, haft oändelig lust, spart intet tolamod, sedt noga, och beskrefwet som han sedt. Den karlen hade jag önskat fått ägt 8 dagar till discipel för än han reste. Emedlertid har han en hop artigt; det borde tryckas att upmuntra andra.

Om 8 à 14 dagar skall jag gifwa recite af mossarne på fröen; men at föra in demonstrationen i actis, skulle wara för tort, då jag genom går en hop med characterer på mossar och deras genera; men det praktiska skall jag gierna communicera.

Vale.
C[arl] L[innaeus]

Kongl[ige] Wettenskaps
Academien
stockholm
frijbr[ef ]

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus writes to 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 WilhelmWargentinWargentin, Pehr Wilhelm
(1717-1783). Swedish. Astronomer and
statistician. Secretary of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1749.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] that all the animals described by Johan HesseliusHesselius, Johan (1687-1752).
Swedish. Physician. Regional physician
of Närke-Västmanland.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
are well-known and have been described before: the flying squirrel in Acta Petropolitana [Linnaeus refers to Johann Duvernoy’s “De quadrupede volatile Russiae observationes”Duvernoy, Johann “De quadrupede
volatile Russiae observationes”,
Commentarii Academiae scientiarum
imperialis Petropolitanae
, V
(1735-1737),218-234.
], the rat by John RayRay, John (1627-1705).
British. Naturalist and clergyman. One
of the most influential botanists before
Linnaeus.
[Linnaeus refers to Synopsis methodica animaliumRay, John Synopsis methodica
animalium quadrupedum et serpentini
generis
(London 1693).
, pp. 217-230], the squirrel by Marc CatesbyCatesby, Mark (1682-1749).
British. Naturalist and artist. Best
known for his illustrated work The
Natural history of Carolina, Florida and
the Bahama islands
(1736-1743).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[Linnaeus refers to The Natural history of CarolinaCatesby, Mark The Natural
history of Carolina, Florida and the
Bahama Islands: containing the figures
of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents,
insects and plants: particularly the
forest-trees, shrubs, and other plants,
not hitherto described, or very
incorrectly figured by authors. Together
with their descriptions in English and
French. To which are added observations
on the air, soil, and wate: with remarks
upon agriculture, grain, pulse, roots,
&c. To the whole is prefixed a new
and correct map of the countries treated
of
, I-II (London 1731-1743).
]. Poor people, their intentions are good, but they lack knowledge! Nothing is more harmful to science than these “semidocti”, who think they are contributing to science with facts already published by others.

Deeply moved, Linnaeus has read Gustaf Fredrik Hiortberg’sHjortberg, Gustaf Fredrik
(1724-1776). Swedish. Chaplain on board
ships of the Swedish East India Company.
Dean at Vallda (south of Gothenburg).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
account of his journey, very detailed, with good observations and drawings [“Ost-Indisk resa”Hjortberg, Gustaf Fredrik
[“Ost-Indisk resa”, Ms KB]
]. Linnaeus wishes he could have given him a week of instruction before he left. However, some of this material is worth printing.

Linnaeus will soon give an account of the seeds of mosses [Linnaeus refers to his account of the dissertation Semina muscorum detectaLinnaeus, Carl Semina
muscorum detecta
, diss., resp. P. J.
Bergius (Uppsala 1750). Soulsby no.
1596.
, which was published in Lärda Tidningar Lärda tidningar
(1745-1773). Ed. Lars Salvius.
on the 10th of May 1750]. It is not, however, a subject suitable for publication in the transactions of the Academy.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Svenska arbeten (1878), vol. 1, p. 221-222   p.221  p.222.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1908), vol. I:2, p. 145-147   p.145  p.146  p.147.