Linnaeus discusses 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. manuscripts that had been preserved by Löfling’s students who were to complete the work in South-America and then return to Spain. Linnaeus has already tried to ensure that he receives copies when they arrive home.
As regards Löfling’s letters, Linnaeus has already been in correspondence with the Royal Society of sciences [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala, Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728. ] and hopes that they will be published in the spring [the letters were published the following year in 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). ]. In the previous year Löfling had been appointed member of the Society.
The Society was founded in 1720 through the efforts of Erik BenzeliusBenzelius, Erik (1675-1743).
Swedish. Librarian of Uppsala
University. Founder of the first Swedish
society for the sciences, the Collegium
Curiosorum (1710) and of the Royal
Society of Sciences, Uppsala (1727).
Archbishop. , but declined around 1740 when mathematics gained prominence, but fell into dormancy with Anders CelsiusCelsius, Anders (1701-1744).
Swedish. Professor of astronomy,
Uppsala. Correspondent of Linnaeus. . Since then it has proceeded slowly but with occasional publication of volumes that Linnaeus considered contained the most interesting knowledge. At present, Linnaeus writes, there was sufficient material to publish a full volume.
Linnaeus mentions that he had been the secretary of the Society since the death of Celsius. In closing, Linneaus mentions Anders SchönbergSchönberg, Anders
(1689-1759). Swedish. Forestry officer.
Father of Anders Schönberg the
Younger. Owner of Hammarby, which was
sold to Linnaeus in 1758. Correspondent
of Linnaeus. , who had submitted an interesting observation to the Society during the previous summer.