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Link: • Peter Collinson to Carl Linnaeus, 22 August 1758 n.s.
Dated augst. 22d 1758. Sent from London (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.


The first part of the letter is a copy of Peter Collinson’sCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letter to Jacob Theodor KleinKlein, Jacob Theodor
(1685-1759). German. Naturalist,
Dresden and Danzig. Director of the
Danziger Naturforscher-Gesellschaft. One
of Linnaeus’s opponents. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
, [Collinson to Klein, 6 March 1758Letter L5480]. It deals mainly with the issue of the hibernation of swallows.

After this text, Collinson asks Linnaeus to have the letter translated into Swedish and read to the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
], where Collinson is a member. Collinson hopes that the report could bring forward some reliable witnesses to the facts in this matter, which would have greater weight than the reports of simple farmers and fishermen.

Collinson sends a box meant for Peter BorgströmBorgström, Peter (?-1775).
Swedish. Probably secretary at the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who could translate Collinson’s text into Swedish.

Collinson is very glad that Patrick Browne’sBrowne, Patrick (1720-1790).
Irish. Botanist who made six voyages to
the West Indies. In 1756 he published
The Civil and natural history of
(1756). Correspondent of
specimens have reached Linnaeus [Collinson refers to the Jamaican Herbarium collected by Browne, and purchased by Linnaeus], as Linnaeus told him in his letter of July 19 [this letter has not come down to us], and that Linnaeus was very pleased to have them. Collinson is sending a box and a paper package with a specimen of Richard Warner’sWarner, Richard
(1711/1713?-1775). British. Classicist
and botanist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Jessamine [Gardenia florida; see also Warner to Linnaeus, 15 July 1758Letter L2372] by Captain. Fisher [Johan J. FischerFischer, Johan J. Swedish?.
] in Stockholm, which he hopes could please Linnaeus.

Collinson is glad at Linnaeus’s success with Nitraria or Cassia poetica.

Collinson is surprised to hear that Browne is in Portugal.

Collinson asks Linnaeus to send him Fredrik Hasselquist’sHasselquist, 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.
travel report [Collinson refers to Iter Palaestinum eller resa til heliga landetHasselquist, Fredrik Iter
Palaestinum eller resa til heliga
(Stockholm 1757).

Collinson has paid John EllisEllis, John (1711-1776).
British. Merchant and naturalist, expert
on zoophytes. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
two guineas.

Philip MillerMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
encloses a package, which Collinson has put inside the box.


a. (LS, XVII, 38). [1] [2]


1. A selection (1821), vol. 1, p. 51   p.51.