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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Pehr af Bjerkén, 23 January 1761 n.s.
Dated 1761 d. 23 jan.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus writes to thank Pehr af BjerkénBjerkén, Pehr af
(1731-1774). Swedish. Pupil of
Linnaeus. City medical officer,
Stockholm. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for his letter [af Bjerkén to Linnaeus, 31 December 1760Letter L5281] and to tell him that he has not received a letter from Richard GuyGuy, Richard British. Surgeon,
famous for his remedy for curing cancer
using a black salve.
. Linnaeus has, however, written to Guy to thank him for the goldfishes [this letter has not come down to us].

Linnaeus confirms that David De GorterGorter, David de (1707 or
1717-1783). Dutch. Botanist and
physician. Succeeded his father Johannes
de Gorter as physician-in-ordinary to
the Empress Elizabeth of Russia. Son of
Susanna de Gorter, brother of Herman
Boerhaave de Gorter. Correspondent of
is well qualified to become a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.

Linnaeus writes that the number of members of 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.
]is limited and for the moment there are no free seats.

Linnaeus writes that he has the drug and that it is a very fine powder due to the fact that he left it too long on the [tiled] stove [the powder discussed was one of the ingredients in the treatment of cancer practised by Guy and af Bjerkén]. He writes that the quality of the powder might be better if the components were collected during the summer. Linnaeus asks af Bjerkén to tell him about the results of the treatment with his powder.

Linnaeus writes that he will upon af Bjerkénís request write to Pehr Wilhelm WargentinWargentin, Pehr Wilhelm
(1717-1783). Swedish. Astronomer and
statistician. Secretary of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1749.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
tomorrow. Linnaeus also writes that he can provide af Bjerkén with more powder.


a. original holograph (KVA). b. (KVA, Bergius, XII, 649). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 222   p.222.