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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Carl Gustaf Tessin, 30 January 1760 n.s.
Dated d. 30 januarii 1760. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to ? (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus thanks Carl Gustaf TessinTessin, Carl Gustaf
(1695-1770). Swedish. Count, important
politician and patron of science and
art. He supported Swedish artists and
scientists and collected art, books and
natural history objects. He assisted
Linnaeus’s career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
for Michel Adanson’sAdanson, Michel (1727-1806).
French. Botanist. Travelled in Senegal.
An opponent of Linnaeus. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
book [Linnaeus refers to the Histoire naturelle du SénégalAdanson, Michel Histoire
naturelle du Sénégal.
Coquillages. Avec la relation
abrégée d'un voyage fait
en ce pays, pendant les années
1749, 50, 51, 52 & 53, etc.

(Paris 1757).

He writes that young people in their twenties seem to know and understand everything in the world, and Linnaeus points to himself as a good example. First after a certain age people start to understand their own imperfection.

Adanson seems still to be in the early phase. He has learned some things from Linnaeus’s Philosophia botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Philosophia
botanica, in qua explicantur fundamenta
botanica cum definitionibus partium,
(Stockholm 1751). Soulsby no.
, and now he makes a total system out of them. Adanson has learnt from the ungrateful Henri MissaMissa, Henri (?-?). French.
Physician. Arrived in Uppsala in 1748.
Linnaeus’s first foreign student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Linnaeus will have nothing to fear from Adanson!

Linnaeus informs that he is working on the third volume of the System [Linnaeus refers to the mineralogy part of the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
; the 10th edition was published in two volumes, “Animalia” 1758 and “Vegetabilia” 1759. The third volume, “Mineralia” was never published] and is grateful for the use of Tessin’s museum [Linneaus means the Museum TessinianumLinnaeus, Carl Museum
Tessinianum, opera illustrissimi comitis
Dom. Car. Gust. Tessin [...]
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 1081.

Linnaeus is also working with the Lexicon Botanicum and finds that it will be a more extensive work than anticipated and will take more than two years to complete [Linnaeus refers to the proposal, put forward by CouturierCouturier, (?-?). French.
Bookseller. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, that he should publish a “Dictionnaire portatif d’histoire naturelle”. This work was never published].

Linnaeus writes that he has received only one Concha anomia from Norway. [In 1759 Linnaeus received letters from Anton Rolandsson MartinMartin, Anton Rolandsson
(1729-1785). Swedish. Student of
medicine. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
with several natural history specimens, see Martin to Linnaeus, 30 JulyLetter L2550, 4 SeptemberLetter L2588, 2 OctoberLetter L2608 and 6 NovemberLetter L2624].

He also writes that Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
has learned how to charm snakes.

Linnaeus comments on Pehr Kalm’sKalm, 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.
third volume of his journey that is being printed now [Linnaeus refers to the En resa til Norra AmericaKalm, Pehr En resa til Norra
America, på Kongl. Swenska
Wetenskaps Academiens befattning, och
publici kostnad
, I-III (Stockholm
1753-1761). Soulsby no. 2586a.
, vol. III was published in 1761].


a. original holograph (RA, Ericsbergsarkivet, Autografsamlingen, vol. 132, Nr. 20). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Svenska arbeten (1878), vol. 1, p. 57-61   p.57  p.58  p.59  p.60  p.61.