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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Carl Gustaf Tessin, 12 March 1752 n.s.
Dated d. 1. Mart. 1752. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus writes to 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
Linnaeusís career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
about the Queenís [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.
] offer to Linnaeus to suggest one of his more outstanding students for the Wrede scholarship. The scholarship is a scientific journey to the Cape of Good Hope.

The scholarship is now available after the student Magnus Julius WingeWinge, Magnus Julius Swedish.
, who has not been studying during the past year and left the university. Linnaeus informs Tessin that the professors have suggested that Mårtin KählerKähler, Mårten
(1728-1773). Swedish. Physician, orator
and poet. Studied under Linnaeus and
Nils Rosén von Rosenstein. Served
as physician of the admirality at
Karlskrona. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
gets the scholarship and now the announcement of the appointment by Claes EkebladEkeblad, Claes (1708-1771).
Swedish. Count, councillor, chancellor
of Åbo University. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
remains. Both 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.
] and the Queen have asked Ekeblad to appoint one of Linnaeusís students to this scholarship when it became free and a suitable student could be found. The conditions were accepted by Ekeblad.

Linnaeus now asks Tessin to present Linnaeusís student to the Queen as a candidate of the scholarship and to ask her to recommend Linnaeusís student to Ekeblad.

Samuel KlingenstiernaísKlingenstierna, Samuel
(1698-1765). Swedish. Physicist and
mathematician, professor of experimental
physics at Uppsala. Correspondent of
son [presumably Zacharias KlingenstiernaKlingenstierna, Zacharias
(1732-1752). Swedish. Son of Ulrica and
Samuel Klingenstierna.
] has also applied for the scholarship, but Linnaeus suggests that he gets it next time it is handed out as Linnaeus believes that as the journey starts the coming autumn the student will need to prepare himself by studying together with Linnaeus during the whole summer. Linnaeus points out that no place in the world has so many interesting plants, animals and insects as Africa and it seems that they are all concentrated to the Cape of Good Hope and that nowhere else can supply such fine items for the Queenís collection cabinet, which can be of benefit for Sweden.

Linnaeus also points out that Sweden has distinguished itself in the eyes of the professors in Göttingen through its travels such that, out of admiration and envy, they are sending someone to America, although Linnaeus doubts they have someone who is capable enough [this person was Christlob MyliusMylius, Christlob (1722-1754).
German. Student of medicine, disciple of
Christian Ludwig Krause, Berlin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Albrecht von HallerHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
was the initiativeís promotor, see Mylius to Linnaeus, 31 January 1752Letter L1356, 22 April 1752Letter L1405, 10 June 1752Letter L1435 and 26 December 1752Letter L1516].

Linnaeus humbly asks Tessin to consider the above when presenting the candidate for the scholarship [Kähler] to Ekeblad.


a. original holograph (RA, Ericsbergsarkivet, Autografsamlingen, vol. 132, Nr. 7). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


1. Svenska arbeten (1878), vol. 1, p. 17-19   p.17  p.18  p.19.