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Link: • Peter Borgström to Carl Linnaeus, 16 August 1753 n.s.
Dated d. 16. Aug: 1753./. Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Peter BorgströmBorgström, Peter (?-1775).
Swedish. Probably secretary at the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is glad that he can see, from Linnaeusís letter of August 13 [this letter has not come down to us], that Linnaeus will use Borgström as an agent to pay Peter CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
2 guineas, which Collinson claims from Linnaeus. Borgström will do so immediately, and he asks Linnaeus to send him 82 daler k:mt, the equivalent of this sum according to the present rate of exchange. Borgström expects to have Collinsonís receipt within a month or five weeks after the money has been sent.

Borgström adds a short explanation of the background of this matter, which he thinks would make it possible for Linnaeus to be refunded by the university library in Uppsala.

Gottfried KiesewetterKiesewetter, Gottfried (?-?).
?. Academy bookseller 1735-1757,
publisher of Linnaeusís Philosophia
has told Borgström that he has ordered Robinson [presumably George RobinsonRobinson, George (1737-1801).
British. Bookseller, London.
], his agent in London, to charge for the complete work of Mark CatesbyCatesby, Mark (1682-1749).
British. Naturalist and artist. Best
known for his illustrated work The
Natural history of Carolina, Florida and
the Bahama islands
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[Borgström refers to Catesbyís The Natural history of CarolinaCatesby, Mark The Natural
history of Carolina, Florida and the
Bahama Islands: containing the figures
of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents,
insects and plants: particularly the
forest-trees, shrubs, and other plants,
not hitherto described, or very
incorrectly figured by authors. Together
with their descriptions in English and
French. To which are added observations
on the air, soil, and wate: with remarks
upon agriculture, grain, pulse, roots,
&c. To the whole is prefixed a new
and correct map of the countries treated
, I-II (London 1731-1743).
], and to use that sum first to cover his own expenses and then to pay for the sheets that have been sent to London. Kiesewetter means that Robinson has fulfilled this order, but Robinson does not admit this but says that he would have had great inconvenience from such an action. Kiesewetter supposes that Robinson has not understood his letter, which was written in German and presumably was badly translated in London. From this, Borgström concludes that the Uppsala library has got more than it has paid for, so Borgström thinks it is fair that the library pays the sum that has been left unpaid in error. To prove the debt of the library, a letter from Robinson could be required certifying that he has not asked for, or received, payment for a larger part of the work than he has delivered. In addition, Collinson may have to certify that the sheets had cost him 2 guineas, that they were equal in number with those sent to Robinson as a complement, and that he has not been refunded. If Linnaeus is satisfied with this plan, Borgström will be glad to help in procuring these certificates.

In addition, Borgström sends Linnaeus a small package that Borgström had received from Collinson last July [Borgström means Collinsonís letter to Linnaeus, dated 8 May 1753Letter L1598], sent through Borgström and containing some seeds. It arrived by an English ship. Borgström would have sent it to Linnaeus earlier, but since Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
had told him that Linnaeus was not in Uppsala at that time but was expected to Stockholm, he had kept it. Now that Borgström knows that Linnaeus is in Uppsala, he sends it. However, he points out that Linnaeus should confirm to Collinson in his next letter that he has received the package in good order.


a. original holograph (LS, II, 119-120). [1] [2] [3]