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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2416 • Carl Linnaeus to Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien and Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, [ 25 September 1758] n.s.
Dated Undated, but presumably written in the end of September 1758. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Min Herre.

Min kiäre Wän.

Figuren på Procellaria står hos Edward i dess ornithologie, som nyl[igen] utkommit, pag[ina] 80 ännu bättre tab[ula] 90

Då jag letar igenom mina möglade kistor finner jag där ibland innelykte örter, som först äro i Spanien upletade af sal[ig] Loefling, och fröen mig tillsände, som i Upsala trägård wuxit, och där blifwit afritade. De stå hos ingen annor author. Will M[in] H[erre] låta dem sticka och aftryck till mig sända skall jag där wid notera något smått, fast de stå i Speciebus kort beskrefne, men meritera hafwa figur.

C[arl] L[innaeus]

N[ota] B[ene] denna lapp förgät jag senast öfwersända.

Kongl Wettenskaps
Academien
Stockholm
frijbr[ef]

upSUMMARY

The Procellaria illustration can be found in George Edward’sEdwards, George (1693-1773).
British. Ornithologist and artist.
Visited the Netherlands, France and
Scandinavia. Best known for his
History of birds (1747-1751).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
recently published ornithology [Linnaeus refers to A natural history of uncommon birdsEdwards, George A natural
history of uncommon birds, and of some
other rare and undescribed animals
[...]. To which is added a [... ]general
idea of drawing and painting in water
colours; with instructions for etching
on copper with Aqua Fortis: likewise
some thoughts on the passage of
birds
etc., 4 pt., 4 vols. (London,
[1751]).
], p. 80, tab. 90.

Linnaeus sends plants from seeds collected in Spain by the late Pehr LöflingLöfling, 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.
, and sent to Linnaeus in Uppsala where they have thrived and been depicted. They have not previously been described. Linnaeus asks the Secretary at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
, Pehr Wilhelm WargentinWargentin, Pehr Wilhelm
(1717-1783). Swedish. Astronomer and
statistician. Secretary of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1749.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] to engrave and print drawings of the plants and send them to Linnaeus, who will write something about them [Linnaeus presumably meant to publish an article in the transactions of the Academy of Sciences, see Linnaeus to the Academy of Sciences, 28 October 1758Letter L2429]. They are already described very shortly, in the Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
, but without illustrations, which they deserve.

P.S. An attached note was forgotten in Linnaeus’s last letter [Linnaeus to the Academy of Sciences, 19 September 1758Letter L2408].

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Svenska arbeten (1878), vol. 1, p. 316-317   p.316  p.317.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1908), vol. I:2, p. 221   p.221.