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Link: • Johan Gustaf Wahlbom to Carl Linnaeus, 12 June 1753 n.s.
Dated 12 Junii 1753. Sent from Berlin (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


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
congratulates Linnaeus on his degree of Knight of the Order of the Northern Star [riddare av Nordstjärneorden].

Wahlbom has not written to Linnaeus for a long time, since he had expected to be able to tell Linnaeus how his journey would continue. Now he sees that most of what he expected has failed. He is sorry that he has given so much time to anatomy, for in addition to a full course, he has taken private lessons in surgery which has cost some money.

Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
has told Wahlbom that Jonas SidrénSidrén, Jonas
(1723-1799). Swedish. Physician.
Professor of medicine and anatomy at
Uppsala. Married to Wendla Borell.
Son-in-law of Anders Borell, and
brother-in-law of Anna Maria Acrel.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will become professor in Stockholm. Wahlbom is glad that he will not have to undertake that difficult work. He has been promised the position of adjunct, but cannot accept that since he needs an income. And he has been promised a good salary in Kalmar, if he will have the position. Anyhow, he has no more money for foreign travelling. Lehman [Johann Gottlieb LehmannLehmann, Johann Gottlieb
(?-1767). German. Mineralogist.
Professor of chemistry and director of
the Natural History Museum of St
Petersburg. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] had promised him a free trip to Silesia, but Lehmann is still in Harz where he has been all spring.

Wahlbom will leave for Stralsund in a few weeks and then sail to Ystad and go through Skåne to Kalmar and do some botanical work on the way. He has collected more than 300 plants in Berlin.

Wahlbom has asked Ludolph [Michael Matthias LudolffLudolff, Michael Matthias
(1705-1756). German. Professor of
botany and medicine, Berlin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] for permission to go through Gundelsheim’s [Andreas von GundelsheimerGundelsheimer, Andreas von
(1668-1715). German.
Physician-in-ordinary. Accompanied
Joseph Pitton de Tournefort during his
travels to the Orient.
], herbarium, but Ludolff has not let him. Nor has Johann Gottlieb GleditschGleditsch, Johann Gottlieb
(1714-1786). German. Botanist and
sylviculturist in Berlin, disciple of
Anton Wilhelm Platz and Johann Ernst
Hebenstreit, supervisor of Caspar Bose’s
garden 1731-1735, professor at the
Collegium Medico-Chirurgicum in 1746.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
seen it, for Ludolff is capricious.

Wahlbom has answered Linnaeus’s question about “Herbarium Japonicum” in his latest letter.

Gleditsch is printing his Methodus fungorumGleditsch, Johann Gottlieb
Methodus fungorum, exhibens genera,
species et varietates cum charactere,
differentia specifica, synonomis [sic],
solo, loco et observationibus

(Berlin 1753).
, and Wahlbom encloses a small sample of that. Gleditsch is about to send Linnaeus about 40 living plants, among which are two large coffee trees. If Linnaeus does not want some of these plants, they should be forwarded to Count Gyllenborg [Henning Adolph GyllenborgGyllenborg, Henning Adolph
(1713-1775). Swedish. Count,
councillor. Student at Uppsala and
member of the Royal Swedish Academy of
Sciences. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] who has given Wahlbom one of the coffee trees. The packages will be sent with a surgeon by name HedinHedin, Swedish. Surgeon. , who will supervise them during the transport, and Bäck is mentioned as the recipient.

Wahlbom has not been able to know the name of [something lost], since Christian Ludwig KrauseKrause, Christian Ludwig
(?-1773?). German. Gardener, Berlin.
Author of Unterricht von der
(1773). Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
has lost his list.

Wahlbom has made some nice observations about silk-worms that are cultivated in great numbers in Berlin.

Wahlbom regrets that Linnaeus’s Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
was not shown at the book fair in Leipzig. At least the first part should have been there.

Krause boasts about Linnaeus’s portrait medallion. Wahlbom had rebuked FischerFischer, German. who slandered the Swedes, and he has told Krause the truth about the Musa.

Wahlbom forwards greetings from Lars BalkBalk, Lars (1726-1790).
Swedish. Provincial physician to the
north district of the county of
and Ribe [Evald RibbenRibben, Evald (1730-1790).
Swedish. Physician. Son of Evald Ribe
the Younger.

With the letter, Wahlbom sent Bäck a sample of a proof print meant for Bäck. On the back, Wahlbom has commented that Gleditsch has listed several varieties and kept most of Linnaeus’s genera. He has also got a raise of his salary by 500 daler and been ordered to make public lectures in botany.


a. original holograph (LS, XVI, 165-166,167v). [1] [2] [3]


1. "Johan Gustaf Wahlbom" (1929), p. 43-44 .