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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2185 • Charles De Geer to Carl Linnaeus, 18 April 1757 n.s.
Dated 18. Aprill 1757. Sent from Leufsta (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Leufsta. d[en] 18. Aprill 1757.

Wälborne Herr Archiater,

Enligit åstundan följer härjemte några observationer öfwer en liten hoppande Jchneumon, som i sig sielf just ej har något rart på sig, men hwilkens historia och metamorphosis är nödig att weta, emedan H[err] Reaumur den samma aldeles orätt observerad, och således behöfwer rättas. Om H[err] Archiatern för den skull behagar låta dem verteras på latin, hwarvid jag beder att mina meningar tÿdeligen må bibehållas, samt sedan låta dem komma in Actis Scientiarum, så skier mig en särdelis tienst. Härwid skall jag äfwen bee, att ordet Eruca bibehålies, där jag det kommer att bruka, äfwenledes det af Nympha och Chrysalis på de ställen jag mig af dem betienar. Wid Figurernes graverande, beder jag äfwen att all accuratesse som möjelig är må recommenderas. Jnnom kortt skall jag hafwa den ähran att sända en annan Memoire om ett särdeles slags Tipula, som ock borde få komma i Acterne, om H[err] Archiatern finner det gå ann.

Jag hoppas att H[err] Bexel gifwit fram mitt bref, hwari jag aflagd min tacksäjelse.

Med mÿcken högaktning förblifwer intill dödsstunden Wälborne H[err] Archiaterns

Hörsamste Tienare
Charles De Geer

[a][a] : [annotations by the hand of
Linnaeus
]
Caput: Pileus: Vertex, Sinciput, Occiput.
Facies Frons et Tempus Supercilium Glabella
Palpebra cilia oculus Nasus, Naris
Gena, Mala, Bucca, Auris, Auricula
OS. Labium, Lamna, Mentum
Collum, cervix, gula, jugulum
Truncus, Thorax, Pectus, humerus, interscapulum
Axilla Gula Mamma Papilla Scrobiculus
Dorsum Tergum umbilicus
epigrastrium, Hypograstrium, hypochandrium
inguen, Pubes, anus, Perineum, scrotum
testiculis Penis vulva
clunas
Brachium Auris Cubilus Lacertus
Manus Palma Vola Pollex Digiti
ungues
Femora Nales Lumbi Genua Crura
Talus, Calcaneus, vola, Digiti.

Caput: Pileus: Vertex, Sinciput, Occiput.
Facies: Frons, Supercilium, Glabella, Palpebra
Cilia, Oculus, Nasus, Naris, Tempus
Gena, Mala, Bucca, Auris, Auricula
Os Labium Lamna Mentum
Collum, Cervix [...] Gula
Truncus, Thorax Pectus jugulum Scrobiculus
Axilla Mamma Papilla
Dorsum, Tergum, Humerus, interscapulum
Abdomen, Umbilicus, Epigastrium,
Hypochandrium Hypograstrium
inguen Pubes, Penis s. vulva
scrotum Perineum Anus
Brachium Auris Cubilus Lacertus Manus
Palma Vola Pollex Digiti ungues
Femora Nales Lumbi Genua
Crura calcaneus Talus vola Digiti.

upSUMMARY

Charles De GeerDe Geer, Charles (1720-1778).
Swedish. Entomologist and natural
history collector, Leufsta Bruk. Member
of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
in Stockholm and Académie des
sciences, Paris. Corresponded with
Réaumur, Bonnet and other
naturalists. Husband of Catharina
Charlotta Ribbing and father of Emanuel
De Geer. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is sending Linnaeus some observations about a small, jumping ichneumon, which is rather uninteresting in itself. However, René-Antoine Ferchault de ReaumurRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
(1683-1757). French.
Physicist and naturalist. His works
cover geometry, technology, mineralogy,
ornithology. His collections of natural
history objects, mineralogy etc. were
given to the Académie des
sciences after his death. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
has published a report about its shape and metamorphosis [De Geer refers to Mémoires pour servir à líhistoire des insectesRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
Mémoires
pour servir à líhistoire des
insectes
, I-VI (Paris 1734-1742).
, vol. 6], which is full of mistakes, so it is necessary to study it and to get it right. If Linnaeus has this text by De Geer translated into Latin without changes in content and then publishes it in the Acta societatis regiae scientiarum Upsaliensis Acta societatis regiae
scientiarum Upsaliensis
(Stockholm
1740-1751).
[there was an intermission in the publishing of the Societyís Acta from 1751 to 1772], Linnaeus will have done De Geer a great service. De Geer is eager to point out that he wants the terms Eruca, Nympha and Chrysalis to be kept in the places where he has used them and that the figures should be engraved as carefully as possible.

De Geer will soon send Linnaeus a report about a special kind of Tipula, and this report should also be allowed to appear in the the Acta societatis regiae scientiarum Upsaliensis if Linnaeus thinks so [it was published in 1773 as "Tipula, fusca, antennis simplicibus, alis longitudianliter plicatis"De Geer, Charles "Tipula,
fusca, antennis simplicibus, alis
longitudianliter plicatis: Descripta et
cum Reg. Societ. communicata an.
1757." Nova Acta Regiae
Societatis Scientiarum Upsaliensis
,
I (1773), 66.
].

De Geer hopes that Daniel BexellBexell, Daniel (1731-1798).
Swedish. Vicar of of Villstad, 1798.
has given Linnaeus De Geerís letter with thanks.

[On the back of fol. [3] there are two lists of the human body parts, written in Latin by the hand of Linnaeus].

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (UUB, U 2000:19). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 342   p.342.

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
[annotations by the hand of Linnaeus]