Altho I have not the Honour of being personally known to you, I have the Pleasure of being well acquainted with your excellent Writings.
From a high Esteem of your talents, and an Opinion of your being one of the greatest Promoters of useful Knowledge, I have ventured to send you a small Performance of mine. - Perhaps it may serve to entertain you at leisure Hours. and if in reading it over any thing remarkable occurs to you, I shall take it extremely kind to have your Observations communicated to me in whatever Language you think proper. I have indeed chosen to address you in the Language in which my Book is written as without a tolerable acquaintance with the English Language it will not be easy for me to obtain the Pleasure I expect from your friendly & critical Remarks upon it.
I am not a little surprised, that after the most diligent Search made for all Books whatever, that have been written on the Scurvy; I never have been able to meet with any in the Swedish or Danish Languages; altho in these cold countries, and also in Norway I am persuaded the Scurvy is a very frequent Distemper.
You will perhaps observe that however small the merit be of my poor Performance; that yet it must have cost a good deal of Labour: viz. the 3d Part of my Book where a Synopsis is given of all that has been published on the Scurvy.
May I presume to ask it in the name of the learned World, & for the Benefit of Mankind, that in order to bring so useful a Subject to still greater Perfection, you will please, to favour me with an Information of any Observations or Writings upon the Scurvy, which you find, by the Index of my Book, have not come to my Knowledge. Perhaps, in your noble Library at Upsal such writings may be found as I mention p 446 of my Book, and many may be published in your Language which have not come to my Knowledge.
You promise in your Flora Lapponica to account why the Laplanders are never afflicted with the Scurvy, meanwhile their Neighbours are greatly distressed with it. When may we expect to have your Sentiments made publick on so curious a subject ?
I shall be happy in hearing that this has come safe to your hands & finds you in perfect good health - and have only further to entreat that after pardoning this trouble for which many Apologies are due (& which nothing but the Interest of Learning could have prompted me to have given you) you will do me the Justice to believe that I am with great esteem