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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Thomas Pennant, [15 April 1756 ] n.s.
Dated Undated, but written in Spring 1756. . Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Downing (Great Britain). Written in Latin.


Four days earlier Linnaeus had received a letter from Thomas PennantPennant, Thomas (1726-1798).
British. Naturalist, best known for his
works on zoology. Correspondent of
dated 24 March [Pennant to Linnaeus, 24 March 1756Letter L2019] together with a list of a stupendous collection of stones that is sent. Linnaeus is sorry that he does not have anything similar to send. Linnaeus and the other professors at Uppsala are terribly busy with both public and private lectures, and hundreds of other duties as well.

Edward Lhwyd’sLhwyd, Edward (1660_1709).
British. Antiquary, geologist, botanist
and philologist, keeper of the Ashmolean
Museum, Oxford. He travelled extensively
in Wales to collect material for his
drawings and paintings.
Lithophylacii Britannici ichnographiaLhwyd, Edward Lithophylacii
Britannici ichnographia. Sive lapidum
aliorumque fossilium Britannicorum
singulari figura insignium [...]
distributio classica [...] cum locis
singulorum natalibus [...] Additis
rariorum aliquot figuris aere incisis;
cum epistolis ad clarissimos viros de
quibusdam circa marina fossilia et
stirpes minerales praesertim
(London, 1699)
is very rare and cannot be had in Sweden. Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
managed to acquire a copy of it the previous year. However, Gronovius does not want to be parted from it for all the money in the world. If Pennant should get hold of a copy at a fair price, Linnaeus would be happy if Pennant bought it for him. Linnaeus will pay him.

Linnaeus is happy that Pennant has found a petrified foreign animal. It is hard to say what it is, but Linnaeus suggests Samuel Dale’sDale, Samuel (1659-1739).
British. Apothecary and physician.
Mus marinus, etc.

There is a discussion about the fact that Pennant stated that he had seen the orthoceratite in the belemnite. Linnaeus finds it strange that those animals cannot be found any more. If, for example, the Pacific were searched, Linnaeus is sure that they would appear.

Linnaeus believes silex [flint, silica] to originate from clay [Creta]. But all Swedish lithographers disagree.

Linnaeus considers the Lapis Judaicus to be a paradox.

Phosphorous spar is discussed.

Linnaeus is not interested in publishing a dissertation on the origin of pearls [no such dissertation was published]. Every servant would then be able to produce as many pearls as they wanted and the price of the pearls would be reduced.


a. (Private collection). [1] [2] [3] [4]