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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1196 • Carl Linnaeus to Erik Gustaf Lidbeck, 20 November 1750 n.s.
Dated 1750 d 9 Novemb.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Höglärde H[err] Magister och Adjuncte.

Tack åter för Edert kiära bref och med alt det där uti warit.

H[err] Magistren behöfwer aldrig bedia mig tiena sig, ty jag giör det allestädes hwar tillfälle sig yppar. jag har nog confererat med mine om Professionen; [a][a] : Ms 1 [deleted passage after
Professionen]
[…] och kommer snart ur modet.

H[err] Magistren behöfwer ej bry sig, fast de ej skulle synas där nedre af begynnelsen så benägna; giör Eder sysla med all hog, får M[in] H[erre] publici approbatum, så måste ock de gifwa henne. jernet är aldrig så hett at det ju swalas, allenast om man gifwer sig tid.

Conferera mitt systeme och D[octo]r Wallerii, se differencen, döm om modren.

At tyskarne willia skrifwa mot mig, det är mig en stor ähra. där igenom blifwer mitt systeme större; har jag rätt, så kan intet hela wärden kufwa den; har jag orätt, så blifwer det också. när jag har de bäste i Europa som approbera mitt, så bryr jag mig litet om en million ignoranter willia det fördöma. Det woro wähl at de intet tröttnade för bittida.

Den omtalte Filix kom icke till stockholm; secreteren jonas Malmberg wid tullarende societeten har noga frågat äffter henne.

Tack för den artiga noticen om acer, det war artigt. Gud gifwe H[err] Magistren kunne skaffa mig stielkar med rot, äller frön; de måste wara artige till Häckar; och trifwas i wårt climate

Kunne Professions wäsendet utdragas till nästa åhr behöfdes ej mera. ty President. Löwenhielm torde blifwa Landtmarschalk, då den saken blefwe lätt giord.

Tidren är blefwe Adjunctus äffter Wallerius.

Hälsa Prof[essor] Lidbeck och secret[er] Junbeck oändeligt.

jag är M[in] H[erres]
hörsame tienare
C[arl] Linnaeus

Upsala 1750
d[en] 9 Nowemb[er]

Medicinae Adjuncten
Edel och Höglärde
H[err] Eric G[ustaf] Lijdbeck
Lund
frijbr[ef]

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Erik Gustaf LidbeckLidbeck, Erik Gustaf
(1724-1803). Swedish. Professor of
natural history and economy at Lund.
Studied under Linnaeus. Accompanied
Linnaeus as secretary on his
Västgöta journey in 1746.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for a letter [this letter has not come down to us].

Linnaeus does what he can to serve Lidbeck, so Lidbeck will never have to ask Linnaeus for any service.

Linnaeus has discussed the position with his family [five deleted lines; the meaning is interrupted].

Lidbeck does not need to be disturbed by the low degree of acceptance that he will feel in his new position. If he does his duty, they will eventually accept him. If he compares Linnaeus’s system with Johan Gottschalk Wallerius’sWallerius, Johan Gottschalk
(1709-1785). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Uppsala.
the difference will be evident.

If many Germans write against Linnaeus, it means that Linnaeus will get more honour. If he is right, the truth will eventually prove it so. When the best experts in Europe accept it, Linnaeus does not care about a million ignorant people who condemn it.

Linnaeus had not received a specimen of Filix that had been sent to him. It never reached Stockholm. Malmborg has looked for it carefully.

Linnaeus thanks Lidbeck for his information about Acer. Linnaeus asks for cuttings or seeds, for it must be good in hedges and grow well in the Swedish climate.

If the matter of appointment could be postponed until the next year, it would be much easier, for Carl Gustaf LöwenhielmLöwenhielm, Carl Gustaf
(1701-1768). Swedish. Nobleman,
politician and public official, member
of the Royal Swedish Academy of
Sciences. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is likely to become “Lantmarskalk”, and then the issue could be settled very easily.

Jonas SidrénSidrén, Jonas
(1723-1799). Swedish. Physician.
Professor of medicine and anatomy at
Uppsala. Married to Wendla Borell.
Son-in-law of Anders Borell, and
brother-in-law of Anna Maria Acrel.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has been appointed adjunctus after Wallerius.

Linnaeus sends his greetings to Lars LiedbeckLiedbeck, Lars Johan
(1707-1762). Swedish. Professor of
mathematics, Lund.
and to Erland JunbeckJunbeck, Erland (1708-1767).
Swedish. Secretary at the Lund
University.
.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LUB). [1] [2] [3]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
Ms 1 [deleted passage after Professionen]