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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Johan Gustaf Wahlbom, 24 February 1753 n.s.
Dated 13 febr. 1753. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Berlin (Germany). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus thanks Johan Gustaf WahlbomWahlbom, Johan Gustaf
(1724-1808). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Studied at Uppsala under
Linnaeus, anatomy, surgery and
obstretics at Wittenberg. Provincial
physician at Kalmar. Correspondent of
for his friendship and for his letters.

Linnaeus has for a long time talked to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
about the vacant position of professor of anatomy in Stockholm, which Wahlbom has applied for. Linnaeus and Bäck agree that Wahlbom is the most suitable man, and Bäck has promised to act for Wahlbom with Ribe [Evald RibbenRibben, Evald (1730-1790).
Swedish. Physician. Son of Evald Ribe
the Younger.
]. Wahlbom has courage and knowledge enough to work with the surgeons in Stockholm.

Linnaeus thanks Wahlbom for his offer to collect the issues where the German botanists disagree with Linnaeus. Linnaeus does not know if he will dare to make it public, or if he will have to be sorry for it.

Linnaeus makes a comparison with a fable about a bitch who was disturbed by other dogs when she was about to give birth. She asked to be left alone until her puppies had become big enough to manage to live in the forest, and she was granted this. When this time arrived, her puppies had no difficulties in driving the other dogs away. Linnaeus is sure that his pupils, Wahlbom, Pehr LöflingLöfling, Pehr (1729-1756).
Swedish. Botanist and explorer. Studied
under Linnaeus. Went to Spain in 1751
and took part in the Spanish expedition
to Venezuela in 1754, where he died.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, 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.
, Hartman [Johan Johansson HaartmanHaartman, Johan Johansson
(1725-1787). Swedish. Professor of
medicine at Åbo. Linnaeusís
student. Accompanied Carl Gustaf Tessin
on his journey through Sweden and
arranged Tessinís collection of
minerals. He also translated Systema
into Swedish. Son of Johan
Haartman. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] and the others, will defend him and show Linnaeusís enemies who was right.

Linnaeus has praised Wahlbom for the erudition that he has acquired abroad, and many talk about it.

The first part of Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
, 35 sheets, is now finished. The printing of the second part is in progress.

Linnaeus has been six weeks at the Court. 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.
] has collected a lot of animals preserved in alcohol, and more than 60 pictures have been drawn and are being engraved in copper to be included in the catalogue of the Royal museum [Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici RegisLinnaeus, Carl Museum S:ae
R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis
Suecorum [...] in quo animalia rariora
imprimis et exotica: quadrupedia, aves,
amphibia, pisces, insecta, vermes
describuntur et determinantur, Latine et
Suetice cum iconibus

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
is also preparing a catalogue of his natural history collection, and several pictures are being engraved for that. Linnaeus has written the text, and it will be printed as soon as possible [Linnaeus refers to Museum TessinianumLinnaeus, Carl Museum
Tessinianum, opera illustrissimi comitis
Dom. Car. Gust. Tessin [...]
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 1081.

Löfling is sending new and interesting information every day.

Christlob MyliusMylius, Christlob (1722-1754).
German. Student of medicine, disciple of
Christian Ludwig Krause, Berlin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had written to Linnaeus when Linnaeus was at Court around Christmas, and had told Linnaeus that he was ready to leave at once for the proposed journey. Mylius had also complained that Linnaeus had not answered an earlier letter. [Mylius refers presumably to his letter to Linnaeus, 26 December 1752Letter L1516]. Linnaeus asks Wahlbom to tell Mylius, if he has not already departed, that Linnaeus did not receive any letter from him and that he would have answered one at once.

Engelbert HaleniusHalenius, Engelbert
(1700-1767). Swedish. Bishop of Skara,
politician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will no doubt become bishop in Västergötland, and there is a rumour that Olof CelsiusCelsius, Olof (1716-1794).
Swedish. Bishop, historian, politician.
has been appointed vicar in the parish of Kungsholmen in Stockholm.

Rosénís two small children [Nils von RosensteinRosenstein, Nils von
(1752-1824). Swedish. Son of Anna
Christina and Nils Rosén von
Rosenstein. Brother of Anna Margareta
Aurivillius and Johanna Maria
Rosén von Rosenstein.
and Johanna Maria Rosen von RosensteinRosen von Rosenstein, Johanna Maria
(1752-1756). Swedish. Daughter of
Anna Christina and Nils Rosén
von Rosenstein. Sister of Anna Margareta
Aurivillius and Nils von Rosenstein.
] live and are well.

Wahlbom should not forget to go through Gundelsheimís [Andreas von GundelsheimerGundelsheimer, Andreas von
(1668-1715). German.
Physician-in-ordinary. Accompanied
Joseph Pitton de Tournefort during his
travels to the Orient.
] or Joseph Pitton de TournefortísTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
(1656-1708). French. Botanist and
explorer, professor of botany at Paris.
herbarium and to depict the Oriental plants depicted in Tournefortís Corollarium Institutionum rei herbariaeTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
Corollarium Institutionum rei
herbariae, in quo plantae 1356
munificentia Ludovici Magni in
orientalibus regionibus observatae
recensentur & ad genera sua
(Paris 1703).
. Linnaeus had reminded Wahlbom of this in his former letter, which Wahlbom should have received.

P. S. 1.Today, Linnaeus had heard that Carl HårlemanHårleman, Carl
(1700-1753). Swedish. Nobleman,
architect, royal superintendent.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had died from gout last Tuesday.

P.S. 2. In Uppsala, the present gossip is about the millerís daughter who had born a daughter; her mother had died from apoplexy when she understood that her daughter was pregnant.

P. S. 3. Linnaeus sends his regards to Lars BalkBalk, Lars (1726-1790).
Swedish. Provincial physician to the
north district of the county of

P. S. 4. 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.
] is glad at what she has managed to collect at Drottningholm. Those items have not yet been depicted.


a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnťs arkiv). [1] [2] [3] [4]