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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Carl Christoffer Gjörwell, 28 October 1757 n.s.
Dated d. 28 Oct. 1757. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus had been to dinner with the provincial governor [Jean LilljenbergLilljenberg, Jean Georg
(1713-1798). Swedish. Count, governor
of the province of Åbo and
Björneborg (Finland) from 1749 to
1757, and for the county of Uppland from
May 1757 to 1762. President of the
Bergskollegium. Member of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], together with many others, but left early and returned home. Linnaeus says that he must answer “at the gallop” or not at all.

Linnaeus thanks Carl Christoffer GjörwellGjörwell, Carl Christoffer
(1731-1811). Swedish. Author,
publisher, royal librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for the kind words spoken in connection with Pehr Löfling’sLöfling, 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. Linnaeus says that if he were to say that he hates praise he would be lying, like everybody else. Linnaeus feels guilt that Löfling and Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
died, although the latter suffered from spitting of blood twice before he went. As to Löfling, he recommended him to go to Spain, not to America, on the other hand, shouldn’t he dare to make such a journey, which could have rendered him much fame.

Hasselquist died on farm outside Smyrna, where he was transported because of the fresh air.

Löfling was employed as a botanist at the Spanish King and member of the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.

For more information about his life Gjörwell should get in touch with his uncle, Nils Strandman.

Löfling’s date of birth is unknown for Linnaeus.

He left Stockholm on a Tuesday before the 17th of May 1751 [o.s.], arrived at Porto in July, and in Madrid on the 9th o.s. and 20th n.s. October 1751.

Guayana is the name.

Died in Murercuri.

Löfling had previously sent Linnaeus his epistles and descriptions of plants from Spain and Linnaeus hopes to get them printed [Löfling’s letters were later published as the Iter Hispanicum, eller resa til spanska länderna uti Europa och AmericaLöfling, Pehr Iter
Hispanicum, eller resa til spanska
länderna uti Europa och America

(Stockholm 1758).
], as they were full of the most accurate knowledge of natural history.


a. original holograph (KB, Ep. G 10:1, 47). [1] [2] [3]


1. “Om natural-historiens begge martyrer:Hasselquist och Löfling” (1798), vol. I, p. 65-67 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 206-207   p.206  p.207.