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Link: • Bengt Ferrner to Carl Linnaeus, 23 November 1759 n.s.
Dated 23 Nov. 1759. Sent from London (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Bengt FerrnerFerrner, Bengt (1724-1802).
Swedish. Astronomer at Uppsala
University. Tutor of crown prince Gustav
of Sweden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
writes that his friends in Uppsala had told him that Linnaeus is not only alive but also is in good health. Peter CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in London and others in Leiden had enquired whether it was true that Linnaeus had died.. Pehr af BjerkénBjerkén, Pehr af
(1731-1774). Swedish. Pupil of
Linnaeus. City medical officer,
Stockholm. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who recently had returned to Sweden from London will certainly have told Linnaeus everything worth mentioning concerning natural history, and far better than Linnaeus could expect from Ferrner. Consequently, Ferrner simply wished to tell Linnaeus that his friends, such as Collinson, William WatsonWatson, William (1715-1787).
British. Physician, physicist and
botanist. Studied at Halle and
Wittenberg. Physician to the Foundling
Hospital in London.
, John EllisEllis, John (1711-1776).
British. Merchant and naturalist, expert
on zoophytes. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, José Celestino MutisMútis, José Celestino
(1732-1808). Spanish. Botanist.
Went to South America in 1760 and lived
in Bogotá, which due to him
became an important centre of learning.
His comprehensive herbarium, manuscripts
and numerous watercolour botanical
illustrations were sent to Spain after
his death. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, etc., will be most concerned about the rumour until they know that it was false. Ferrner therefore asks Linnaeus to write a few words as soon as possible, and also to tell Ferrner how long we must wait until the remaining part of the new edition of Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
is ready [the 10th edition was published in two volumes, “Animalia” 1758 and “Vegetabilia” 1759. The third volume, “Mineralia” was never published]. Isaac LawsonLawson, Isaac (?-1747).
British. Scottish botanist and
physician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who studied with Linnaeus in Leiden, sends his regards and Ferrner assures Linnaeus that he will be at his service in England if Linnaeus so wishes.


a. (LS, IV, 169). [1] [2]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 87-88   p.87  p.88.