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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2895 • Carl Linnaeus to Carl Christoffer Gjörwell, 27 April 1761 n.s.
Dated 1761 d. 27 april.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Edle och Högachtade Herre
S[ecreter] T.

Till hörsamt swar länder detta i hast, som posten går straxt och kom sent.

Ingen af mine elever är utgången förledit åhr. jag har redan slagit sådant ur hogen, som jag sedt mig med all min möda och åhoga således mishaga mine k[iäre] landsmän. jag har sent lärt att fåfängt wara bittida stå up och sent gå till hwila; ty det hielper ej till loppet att wara snabb &c. alt står till tiden och lyckan.

brefwen från Prof[essor] Forskåhl woro senast från AEgypten.

Sal[ig] Hasselquists cousin, Dav[id] Pontin, som gick för ett par åhr till ostindien, hemwäntas i sommar; han skulle giöra samblingar i alla 3 naturens riken.

är präst på ett ostindiskt skepp.

Theèfrön har jag förledet åhr fått wähl conserverade från china, men de hafwa icke grodt.

Directeur Claes Alströmer, som förledit åhr war i Spanien, nu i Italien, har mycket hedrat sig med samblande af rara wäxter, som han communicerat med mig.

David v[on] Gorther heter Ryska lifMedicus.

Wettenskaps Societeten har nu färdige ett stort antahl af de wackraste rön; få wi fred; tullen på papperet förminskad, så komma dess acter straxt att tryckas.

Ledamöter som antagits skall jag med första sända, då jag hinner med at gå genom acterne

jag förbl[ifwer]
Edel och Högachtade Herrens
hörsamste tienare
C[arl] Linnaeus

Upsala 1761
d. 27 april

[a][a] : [ Added by the hand of Carl
Christoffer Gjörwell on fold.
3
]
H[err] Dan[iel] C[arlsson] Solander rest på Nat. Hist. warit fl[era] år i Engl[and]

Edel och Högachtad
H[err] Giörwell
frijbr[ef] Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus writes in haste to Carl Christoffer GjörwellGjörwell, Carl Christoffer
(1731-1811). Swedish. Author,
publisher, royal librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in reply to a letter received [this letter has not come down to us] and answering Gjörwell’s questions.

None of Linnaeus’s disciples were abroad during the past year. He has given up all idea of doing things that will not please his countrymen. Linnaeus has clearly been under pressure as he states that he has now learnt that there is no point in getting up early and going to bed late as it is of no assistance in getting things done quickly, etc.

The last letters from Pehr ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeus’s student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
were from Egypt. The late Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, 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.
cousin, David PontinPontin, David (1733-1809).
Swedish. Clergyman and naturalist.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Chaplain to the Swedish East
India Company. Dean of Häggestad
and Oppeby. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
travelled to the East Indies a couple of years ago and is expected to arrive home during the summer. He was to make collections in all three of nature’s kingdoms, and is ship’s priest on one of the East India Company’s vessels.

The tea seed that Linnaeus received last year from China was well preserved but has not germinated.

Clas AlströmerAlströmer, Clas
(1736-1794). Swedish. Baron,
industrialist. Sent plants and specimens
to Linnaeus from his travels abroad.
Bought Linnaeus’s “little herbarium”,
now in the Natural History Museum in
Stockholm. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of August, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
Linnaeus
, who was in Spain last year, is now in Italy. He has honoured Linnaeus with a collection of rare plants.

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
Linnaeus.
has the title of Russian Physician-in-Ordinary.

The Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala, Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala,
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
has now prepared a large number of the best reports; if we have peace and the customs duty on paper is reduced these results will soon be printed [in the transactions of the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala, Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala,
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
; there was an intermission in the publishing of these transactions, Acta societatis regiae scientiarum Upsaliensis Acta societatis regiae
scientiarum Upsaliensis
(Stockholm
1740-1751).
1740-1750, from 1751 to 1772].

The names of the members that have been elected will be sent to Gjörwell as soon as Linnaeus has had time to go through the paperwork.

P.S. Linnaeus mentions that Daniel SolanderSolander, Daniel (1733-1782).
Swedish. Naturalist, explorer. Student
in Uppsala under Linnaeus and Johan
Gottschalk Wallerius. Went to London in
1760. Curator of natural history
collections at the British Museum.
Botanist on Cook’s first voyage
1768-1771. Joseph Bank’s librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has been in England for several years.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (Private collection). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 218   p.218.

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
[ Added by the hand of Carl Christoffer Gjörwell on fold. 3]