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Link: • Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber to Carl Linnaeus, 5 January 1758 n.s.
Dated d. V. Jan. 1758. Sent from Butzov (Germany) to Halle (Germany). Written in Latin.


Since Linnaeus in the preface of his Fauna SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Fauna Svecica
sistens animalia Sveciae regni:
quadrupedia, aves, amphibia, pisces,
insecta, vermes, distributa per classes
& ordines, genera & species. Cum
differentiis specierum, synonymis
autorum, nominibus incolarum, locis
habitationum, descriptionibus
(Leiden 1746). Soulsby
no. 1152.
, had urged foreigners to send him insects and other natural history specimens that are not to be found in Sweden, Johann Christian Daniel von SchreberSchreber, Johann Christian Daniel von
(1737-1810). German. Physician
and botanist. Became doctor of medicine
at Uppsala under Linnaeus in 1760.
Professor of botany and director of the
botanical garden of Erlangen.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
wants to contribute some specimens from Halle. Linnaeus has been Schreberís sole teacher in zoology and mineralogy. If the specimens please Linnaeus, Schreber will send more in the summer.

Schreber has examined quadrupeds, birds, and insects, that have been caught by himself or his friends in the fields of Halle. Schreber has tried to write a little fauna that covers all these animals. He has observed that many Swedish insects are missing from around Halle, for example, Scarabaei nos. 339, 342, 343 Chrysomelae nos. 417, 431, 433, and Curculio 477. But there are many new species, some of which are described in John RayísRay, John (1627-1705).
British. Naturalist and clergyman. One
of the most influential botanists before
, Historia insectorumRay, John & Martin Lister
Historia Insectorum. Opus posthumum
jussu Regiae Societatis Londinensis
editum. Cui subjungitur Appendix de
Scarabaeis Britannicis, autore M.
(London, 1710).
[in this work an Appendix de scarabeis Britannicis by Martin ListerLister, Martin (1638-1712).
British. Naturalist.
was also published]. Daniel RolanderísRolander, Daniel (1725-1793).
Swedish. Naturalist and explorer.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Went to Surinam in 1755-1756.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Cicindela solopetaria and many others can be found at Halle.

Schreber has a special kind of lichen from the cliffs of the Gibichen-steine. Botanists argue about it. Schreber longs to study botany. At the University of Halle there is nobody who knows the vegetable kingdom or can teach according to a real system. Schreber wishes that he could drink from the living fountain of botany and next term take part in Linnaeusís lessons at Uppsala. He wants to know how much this would cost him, if he is prepared to live a frugal life. He would also like to know when Linnaeusís lessons start. He has a collection of mosses which he can send to Linnaeus or bring with him. He also has some knowledge of Swedish. Schreber would be happy if he could visit the land of mosses. Meanwhile he would like to receive some specimens of the moss Splachnum and also some insects. Schreberís father [Daniel Gottfried SchreberSchreber, Daniel Gottfried
(1708-1777). German. Professor of
agriculture and economics at
Bützow, the father of Johann
Christian Daniel von Schreber.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] desires seeds or roots of Lobelia, described by Pehr KalmKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Acta Holmiensia [Schreber means the Transactions of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
and refers to "Lobelia, såsom en säker läkedom emot Veneriska sjukan"Kalm, Pehr "Lobelia,
såsom en säker läkedom
emot Veneriska sjukan", KVAH
11 (1750), 280-290.
], and of Linnaea borealis.


a. original holograph (LS, XIII, 323-324). [1] [2] [3]