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Link: • Henric Jacob Hildebrand to Carl Linnaeus, 27 June 1757 n.s.
Dated 27 Junii 1757. Sent from Madrid (Spain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Henric Jacob HildebrandHildebrand, Henric Jacob
(1707-1775). Swedish. Diplomat. Swedish
envoy in Spain. Correspondent of
mentions two Mexican eagles that had frozen to death before there had been an opportunity to properly describe them. He now reports that two new eagles have arrived from Estremadura and that Miguel BarnadesBarnades, Miguel (?-1771).
Spanish. Botanist. Personal physician of
Carlos III, Madrid. Correspondent of
and Daniel ScheidenburgScheidenburg, Daniel (1720-?).
Swedish. Clergyman. Studied under
Linnaeus. Chaplain at the Swedish
legation in Madrid. Copied Pehr
Löflingís manuscripts.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
have made the necessary descriptions, which are now being sent to Linnaeus.

Hildebrand continues by writing that a few days earlier José OrtegaOrtega, José (?-1761).
Spanish. Military pharmacist of the
Spanish army. Secretary of the Academy
of Medicine of Madrid. Correspondent of
had told him that he had recently received from the West Indies a reliable report concerning Pehr LöflingísLöfling, Pehr (1729-1756).
Swedish. Botanist and explorer. Studied
under Linnaeus. Went to Spain in 1751
and took part in the Spanish expedition
to Venezuela in 1754, where he died.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
death, which presumably was caused by the exceptionally intense heat at that place.

Hildebrand comments on the special friendship he and his sons [Jacob Henrik HildebrandHildebrand, Jacob Henrik
(1742-1759). Swedish. Lieutenant.
and Claes Henrik HildebrandHildebrand, Claes Henrik
(1743-1809). Swedish. Lieutenant.
] have with Linnaeus and thus he feels obliged to inform Linnaeus that he had given them permission to travel out into the world and better themselves to the benefit of their country. They decline all offers of amusement and encourage each other to employ themselves in warfare and adventures. The oldest intends to join the French army at the Rhone and the youngest intends to enlist in the French fleet at Rochefort or Brest.

The countess [Hildebrandís wife Sophia Lovisa HildebrandHildebrand, Sophia Lovisa
Swedish. Wife of Henric Jacob
Hildebrand. Born Sparre af
] and their daughter [Florentina HildebrandHildebrand, Florentina
(1737-1802). Swedish. Wife of Carl
Johan Stjerngranat, daughter of Henric
Jacob and Sophia Lovisa Hildebrand.
] send their greetings, and Hildebrand also forwards his greetings to Linnaeusís wife [Sara Elisabet LinnaeaMoraea, Sara Elisabet
(1716-1806). Swedish. Linnaeusís wife.
Daughter of Johan Moraeus and Elisabet
Hansdotter Moraea. Mother of Carl
Linnaeus the Younger and of Elisabeth
Christina, Louisa, Sara Christina and
Sophia Linnaea.
] and the rest of the family.


a. original holograph (LS, VII, 16-17). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 105-106   p.105  p.106.