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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Carl Christoffer Gjörwell, 23 June 1758 n.s.
Dated 23 Junii 1758. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus thanks for the letter [this letter has not come down to us].

Linnaeus comments that publishing biographies in Sweden while one is still alive is worthy of consideration; the nation does not approve. Linnaeus does not know whether he dare do so, despite it giving him considerable honour.

Biographia medicorum Robergia is in manuscript [Linnaeus refers to the biographies on Swedish physicians collected by Lars RobergRoberg, Lars (1664-1742).
Swedish. Physician and naturalist.
Professor of medicine at Uppsala.
Founder of the first university
hospital. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, “Collectanea Robergiana”Roberg, Lars “Collectanea
Robergiana”, UUB, Ms X133-134.
] with Johan Gottschalk WalleriusWallerius, Johan Gottschalk
(1709-1785). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Uppsala.
but Linnaeus thinks that the work is of little importance, and not fully completed.

Linnaeus has heard that Antoine de JussieuJussieu, Antoine de
(1686-1758). French. Botanist,
professor of botany, Paris. Brother of
Bernard and Joseph de Jussieu. Joseph
Pitton de Tournefort’s successor. Uncle
of Antoine Laurent de Jussieu.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, professor of botany in Paris, is dead and that Bernhard de JussieuJussieu, Bernard de
(1699-1777). French. Professor of
botany, brother of Antoine and Joseph de
Jussieu. Demonstrator at the Jardin des
plantes. Sébastien Vaillant’s
successor. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, his brother, is retiring. Le Monnier Louis Guillaume Le MonnierLe Monnier, Louis Guillaume
(1717-1799). French. Physician and
naturalist. Professor of botany at the
Jardin des plantes in Paris. Personal
physician of Louis XV. Correspondent of
will succeed Antoine Jussieu.

Linnaeus has enclosed a small programme, not because it is of value but because it is new [Linnaeus delivered eight orations to be published in programmes for conferring of doctor’s degrees; this one was given as a reply to the question if a medical practitioner can be without natural history. [Maecenatibus, patronis, patribus, civibusque academicis et urbicis s.p.d. Carolus Linnaeus […] promotorLinnaeus, Carl Maecenatibus,
patronis, patribus, civibusque
academicis et urbicis s.p.d. Carolus
Linnaeus […] promotor, in solemni
inaugaratione medica die 19 junii
(Uppsala, 1758). Soulsby
no. 2006.

Giulio PontederaPontedera, Giulio (1688-1757).
Italian. Director of the botanical
garden and professor of botany at Padua.
He rejected Linnaeus’s system. Linnaeus
named a family of Narcissoides,
Pontederia, after him.
in Padua died some months ago. If Vitaliani DonatiDonati, Vitaliano (1713-1763).
Italian. Professor of natural history,
Turin. Travelled in the Balkans and in
the Orient. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
does not succeed him, then Xaverio ManettiManetti, Xaverio (Saverio)
(1723-1785). Italian. Physician,
professor of botany at Florence.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who had published Linnaeus’s system in Italy [Regnum vegetabileLinnaeus, Carl & Xaverio
(Saverio) Manetti
vegetabile, iuxta Systema naturae in
classes, ordines et genera ab codem
constitutum e postremis auctis, &
emendatis [...] nec non e Philosophia
botanica eiusdem auctoris, vel ex
aliorum botanicorum nuperrimis operibus
circa vegetabilium partes desumptis
definitionibus & potiorum
vocabulorum praemissis explicationibus
(Florence, 1756).
], is expected to.


a. original holograph (KB, Ep. G 10:2, 26). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 210-211   p.210  p.211.