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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Petter Jonas Bergius, c. 5 November 1755 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


On behalf of the Petter Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeusís student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Collinsonia has been dried.

Linnaeus is happy that Bergius has received the Spigelia. Linnaeus wants to be sure that Bergius has got the real one, because he knows that it can not be found in Europe, only in Chelsea [Linnaeus refers to the Chelsea Physic Garden] and maybe in the Jardin Royal in Paris.

Johan BrowalliusBrowallius, Johan (1707-1755).
Swedish. Professor of physics, later of
theology. Bishop of Åbo.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
seems to be right about the theory of water decrease [Linnaeus refers to the Betänkande om Vattu-minskningenBrowallius, Johan
Betänkande om vattu-minskningen,
hvaruti denna läran efter den
heliga skrift, naturens lagar och
förfarenheten pröfvas. Samt
oriktig befinnes
(Stockholm, 1755).
], as long as nobody dares to reply to him. Linnaeus, however, who has read everything, is very critical, and believes Browallius will be proven wrong in a few years time. If Bergius will read about it some time together with Linnaeus, he will put everything in its right context.

That Sargazo is only to be found within the Tropics [an argument raised by Browallius] is against every known experience.

That infinite times are needed to create the coastline at Helsingborg is also clear [Browallius had another opinion].

Linnaeus wants to know about the Spigelia. by return of post, and he shall answer the same day.


a. contemporary copy (KVA, Bergius, I, 359).


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 123-124   p.123  p.124.