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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Carl Gustaf Tessin, 15 February 1757 n.s.
Dated d. 15 febr 1757. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus writes to 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
and complains about his migraine and continues to describe a species of petrifaction called Anomiae, copied in Museum TessinianumLinnaeus, Carl Museum
Tessinianum, opera illustrissimi comitis
Dom. Car. Gust. Tessin [...]
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 1081.
, tab. 5, which are mussels petrified in rocks. Linnaeus has never found these Anomiae leves biloboe in any cabinet before nor has he seen them in books or on drawings. They are found in Downing in Shropshire in Britain and is a gift to Linnaeus from Thomas PennantPennant, Thomas (1726-1798).
British. Naturalist, best known for his
works on zoology. Correspondent of
along with stones from Sicily [see Pennant to Linnaeus, 24 March 1756Letter L2019 and Linnaeus to Pennant, 3 December 1756Letter L2125]. Pennant’s Museum lapideum is printed in Leyden in 1756.

Linnaeus continues to describe his work with the Lexicon and writes that he will publish a volume describing animals and that he hopes that he will be able to have it printed this summer [Linnaeus refers to the proposal, put forward by CouturierCouturier, (?-?). French.
Bookseller. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, that he should publish a “Dictionnaire portatif d’histoire naturelle”. This work was never published]. He hopes to complete the Lexicon in the spring of 1758. As an example of how he will define animals in a short but clear way, Linnaeus mentions the butterfly Helena as a Papilion of the first class called Equites. The ant that plagues the Indies is an Insectum apeterum called Termes. Linnaeus asks Tessin to help him, if necessary, to avoid having to pay a fine of 3000 dlr to The Swedish Government Offices [Kungliga KanslikollegiumKungliga Kanslikollegium,
Swedish. The Swedish Government Offices.
; for printing books abroad].

Linnaeus mentions that he has read Pehr Osbeck’sOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
Swedish. Clergyman, botanist explorer.
Studied at Uppsala under Linnaeus
1745-1750. Chaplain on ships of the
Swedish East India Company on voyages to
China. Vicar of Hasslöv (Halland).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
travel description [Linnaeus refers to the Dagbok öfwer en ostindisk resaOsbeck, Pehr Dagbok
öfwer en ostindisk resa åren
1750. 1751. 1752. Med anmärkningar
uti naturkunnigheten, främmande
folkslags språk, seder,
hushållning, m.m. [...] Jämte
12 tabeller och afledne
skepps-predikanten : Toréns
(Stockholm 1757).
] and that he finds it clear and easy to grasp, since Osbeck uses the stablished names for genera.


a. original holograph (RA, Tessinska samlingen, Brev till C. G. Tessin, bunt 17, E 5731). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Svenska arbeten (1878), vol. 1, p. 37-39   p.37  p.38  p.39.