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Link: • Georgij Akinfievich Demidov to Carl Linnaeus, 16 March 1751 n.s.
Dated . Sent from St Petersburg (Russia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Georgij Akinfievich DemidovDemidov, Georgij Akinfievich
(1715-1761). Russian. Father of
Alexandr Grigorevich Demidov, Pavel
Grigorevich Demidov and Petr Grigorevich
Demidov. Son of Akinfiy Nikitich
Demidiv. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has received Linnaeusís letter dated 5 October 1750 [this letter has not come down to us]. He has not been able to answer previously because of his travels. He had also expected Linnaeusís seeds to reach him before he answered. He had expected the seeds to arrive with a regular courier in February but they have not yet arrived in St Petersburg. He therefore entreats Linnaeus to send the seeds through the merchant Robert FinlayFinlay, Robert (1719-1785).
Irish. Merchant. Conducted the
trading-company Finlay & Jennings in
Stockhom together with John Jennings.
in Stockholm with the instruction that Finlay should forward the seeds in a bundle addressed to a citizen in St Petersburg by the name of Ihn BodiscoBodisco, Ihn Russian. Citizen,
St. Petersburg.
, who will forward them to Demidov.

Demidov is immensely grateful to Linnaeus for having brought his herbarium into order with much care as he understands from Linnaeusís letter. Demidov burns with eagerness to see the herbarium which is as if brought back to life. Demidov sees that Linnaeus believes that the plants from Siberia and Kamtschatka have been collected by Johann Jacob LercheLerche, Johann Jacob
(1703-1780). German. Naturalist.
Military physician in Russian service at
Astrakan. Travelled in Persia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. However, the plants from Kamtschatka and the remote Siberia have been collected by Georg Wilhelm StellerSteller, Georg Wilhelm
(1709-1746). German. Voyager, who
sailed with Vitus Bering and returned
with important collections from
, who once was adjunct professor at the Imperial Academy of Sciences of St Petersburg, Imperatorskaja akademija naukImperatorskaja akademija nauk,
Imperial Academy of Sciences

Russian. Imperial Academy of Sciences of
St Petersburg, founded in 1725. Its
publications are Commentarii
Academiae Scientiarum Imperialis
, 1-14 (1726 -
1744/1746 [i.e. pub. 1728 - 1751]) and
Novi Commentarii Academiae
Scientiarum Imperialis
, 1-20 (1747/1748 -
1775 [i.e. pub. 1750 - 1776]).
. Steller is now dead. Those seeds, however, which originate from Persia, Czariczin, and Astrakhan were collected by Lerche, who is a doctor of medicine. In 1745-1747 Lerche accompanied Prince Galliczin to Persia. Lerche is now a physician in Moscow. Demidov has collected the plants from Moscow and those that come from parts of Siberia close to St Petersburg. Demidov is honoured by the fact that Linnaeus has kept specimens when there were duplicates.


a. (LS, III, 246-247). [1] [2] [3]