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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1485 • Carl Linnaeus to Carl Gustaf Tessin, 2 November 1752 n.s.
Dated d. 22 octobr 1752. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to ? (). Written in Swedish.

Högwälborne H[err] Grefwe, K[ong]l M[aj]ts
Ock Riksens råd &c &c
Nådigste Herre

Wij hoppas alla att Eders Höggrefl[ige] Excellence äfter någon liten förfriskning på landsbygden, äfter så många åhrs ouphörliga arbete fått någon förfriskning. jag föreställer mig ock at Eders Excellence äfwen nu kommit till staden ifrån Drotningholm, ock således idag får fägna sig af sitt wackra cabbinett.

ty sänder jag studiosum Bergium at giöra sin lefwerence af coraller. Gud gifwe at han så giort Eders Excellence till nöjes, som jag för honom praedicat; ty samblingen har jag ej sedt emedan han den wid återkomsten lämnat i stockholm.

jag håller nu på at läsa privatim öfwer conchilier, på det jag må upamma flere till denne härliga wettenskapen. men jag finner hwad swårighet det är at demonstrera äfter figurer, ty hwarken har jag sielf många, ej häller finnas här i upsala några; utan de till antalet många, men till sorterne altför få snäckor af Petivrius på Bibliothequet; här till kommer at ej en omgång Rumpfius finnes i hela upsala.

Gud gifwe at Professor Kalm skrifwo sin resa medan minnet woro friskt, at wärket blefwo lifligt; Eders Excellens kan det giöra med ett enda ord, som alla hans wänner ej förmå med demonstrationes ock böner.

Högste Guden uppehålle Eders Excellences krafter.
jag lefwer ock dör
Eders Höggrefl[ige] Excellences
underdån[ige] ödmiukaste tienare
Carl Linnaeus

upsala d. 22 octob[e]r 1752

upSUMMARY

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
Linnaeus.
and hopes that he has had the opportunity to rest during his stay in the country. Linnaeus also hopes that Tessin has returned from Drottningholm to the city and that he will enjoy his beautiful collections.

He writes that his student Petter Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeusís student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will deliver some corals and hopes that Tessin will approve of them as Linnaeus has not seen them himself.

Linnaeus writes that he is now studying shells and he hopes that more people will study these interesting animals. He finds it difficult to describe them from pictures. He does not own many shells himself and there are none in Uppsala. There are many examples but few kinds of Petivrius [Petiverius after James PetiverPetiver, James (c.1663-1718).
British. Apothecary. Collector of
natural history specimens. His herbarium
contained more than 5000 items.
; Linnaeus presumably refers to Petiverís "A Description of Some Shells Found on the Molucca Islands"Petiver, James "A
Description of Some Shells Found on the
Molucca Islands; as Also an Account of
Mr Sam. Brown, his Fourth Book of East
India Plants, with Their Names, Vertues,
etc.", Philosophical
Transactions
22 (1700), 927-946.
] shells in the library and there are no Rumpfius [Linnaeus refers to Georg Eberhard Rumpf ísRumpf, Georg Eberhard
(1628-1702). Dutch. Naturalist and
merchant in the service of the Dutch
East India Company. Governor of the
Dutch colony Ambon. He published two
works on the flora of the isle of Ambon.
Herbarium AmboinenseRumpf, Georg Eberhard
Herbarium Amboinense, plurimas
conplectens arbores, fructices, herbas,
plantas terrestres & aquaticas, quae
in Amboina et adjacentibus reperiuntur
insulis [...] Omnia [...] Belgice
conscripsit G. E. Rumphius [...] Nunc
primum in lucem edidit, & in Latinum
sermonem vertit Joannes Burmannus [...]
qui varia adjecit synonyma, suasque
observationes
, I-VII (Amsterdam
1741-1755).
] in all Uppsala.

Linnaeus writes that he hopes that Pehr KalmKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will write his travel book [Linnaeus refers to the forthcoming En resa til Norra AmericaKalm, Pehr En resa til Norra
America, på Kongl. Swenska
Wetenskaps Academiens befattning, och
publici kostnad
, I-III (Stockholm
1753-1761). Soulsby no. 2586a.
] while all is still fresh in his memory and he asks Tessin to encourage Kalm.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (Private collection). [1] [2] [3]