Linnaeus is pleased to have received a letter [Tessin to Linnaeus, 6 February 1755Letter L1873] from 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
Linnaeus’s career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. that arrived when his wife had just recovered from a severe illness.
Linnaeus also thanks Tessin for sending Morand’s book [Linnaeus refers presumably to Giovanni Battista MorandiMorandi, Giovanni Battista
(-1761). Italian. Botanical illustrator
and engraver, Milan. who published the Historia botanica practicaMorandi, Giovanni Battista
Historia botanica practica, seu
plantarum, quae ad usum medicinae
pertinent, nomenclatura, descriptio, et
virtutes, cum ab antiquis, tum a
recentibus celebrium auctorum scriptis
desumptae, ac aeneis tabulis delineatae,
atque ad vivum ex prototypo expressae,
etc. (Milan, 1744). ].
Linnaeus asks whether the delivery was made by Count Sparre [presumably Fredrik SparreSparre, Fredrik (1731-1803).
Swedish. Count. Councillor. Nephew to
Carl Gustaf Tessin. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. ] who was in France or if it was another member of the Sparre family, as Linnaeus has not heard that Count Sparre has returned from his journey.
If Linnaeus can please CouturierCouturier, (?-?). French.
Bookseller. Correspondent of Linnaeus. in Marseilles he is sure he will be compensated in some way or another. If he can not deliver what they wish, he does not want anything at all [Linnaeus refers to the proposal, put forward by Couturier and communicated to Linnaeus by Tessin, that he should publish a “Dictionnaire portatif d’histoire naturelle”. This work was never published]. When they will see the manuscript they can judge for themselves. He only needs to know if the publisher would like to receive the manuscript in French and if that is the case a translator has to be arranged.
P.S. Linnaeus has been informed that the Countess Tessin [Lovisa Ulrica TessinTessin, Lovisa Ulrica (-1768).
Swedish. Countess, wife of Carl Gustaf
Tessin. ] would like to have succulents for her orangery and Linnaeus promises to deliver samples of all succulents he has in his garden along with Cactis, Aloëbus etc., except for Mesembryanthema, which ought to be ordered from Holland as the ones he had have died due to the winter climate in Uppsala.