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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Fredrik Sparre, 1 November 1751 n.s.
Dated 1751 d: 21. october. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus thanks Fredrik SparreSparre, Fredrik (1731-1803).
Swedish. Count. Councillor. Nephew to
Carl Gustaf Tessin. Correspondent of
for the assistance he had got the last time he was at Drottningholm. Linnaeus had heard from Carl Gustaf TessinTessin, Carl Gustaf
(1695-1770). Swedish. Count, important
politician and patron of science and
art. He supported Swedish artists and
scientists and collected art, books and
natural history objects. He assisted
Linnaeus’s career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
that the Queen [Lovisa UlrikaLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] had received a large collection of insects from Holland. Linnaeus was not sure if that was meant as a hint that he should go to Stockholm or just to cheer him up since he was ill at the time. Now, Linnaeus is well again, so if they want Linnaeus to come, he can start thinking of it in a week. It would be very convenient that the cupboard meant for the insects was ready, so that they could be arranged at the same time. Linnaeus has also written to arrange for somewhere to keep his carriage during his stay in Stockholm. It is very difficult to find such a place in Stockholm, especially if the winter comes so that the wagon must be left for some time. You cannot leave it out in the street.

So, Linnaeus is ready to go, if Sparre asks Tessin if they really want him to go. Then, Linnaeus would like to see the King [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], to arrange the insects and at the same time be away as little time as possible. His pupils and students of medicine in Uppsala would be idle during his absence, since Nils Rosén von RosensteinRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of
is also in Stockholm. They would have the cost of being in Uppsala without getting anything out of it.


a. original holograph (RA, Börstorpssamlingen, Brev till Fredrik Sparre, E2958). [1] [2]