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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2898 • Peder Ascanius to Carl Linnaeus, 24 April 1761 n.s.
Dated aprilis d. 24 1761. Sent from København (Denmark) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Illustri,
Carolo Linnaeo,
S[alutem] P[lurimam] D[icit]
P[etrus] Ascanius.

Mea certe memoria nec excidisti nec excidere potuisti, Vir Illustris. Interim cum a proposito, ut ad TE scriberem per varios annos varia me avocavere, gratissimus mihi fuit tuarum literarum adventus, quae tuam erga me, cujus varia olim documenta habui, benevolentiam ulterius con­ firmant.

Jucundum mihi est, quod herbae ex Hollandia olim missae placuere. Tum temporis Botanicen colebam cum reliquis Hist[oriae] Nat[uralis] partibus. Hodie autem Mineralogia mihi specialiter designata est, nec in omnibus adaequati quidquam praestare hominibus datum. Impetravi a Collega D[omino] Öedero inclusa semina, quae Tibi forte haud ingrata erunt, quorum nonnulla in Catalogo Specierum Pl[antarum] non inveniantur; si de hisce, dum adoleverint, certiorem me reddere velis, et nonnulla pro Instituto nostro Botanico communicare, par pari referre conabimur. Ratio instituti (avertissement) operis Florae Dano- Norvegicae hisce diebus publicatur prelo; hoc quam primo Tibi mittam.

Quae in Itineribus chartae conjeci observationes, bene multae autem sunt per septennium factae, huc usque in ordinem redigere propter alia et graviora negotia non potui; quam primum autem spero partem Italicam prodituram fore.

Mirum sane descriptiones mineralogicas adhuc vix ultra illa objecta extendi, quae septentrionalis continet Europa, Classemque Vulcanicam plane desiderari, quae tamen terrarum, petrarum, minerarum etc. species bene multas continet, hisce praesertim abundat Italia tanta quanta olim combusta, sed haec tempora sphaeram chronologiae nostrae excedant necesse est.

Montes in hisce regionibus constant calcareo albido, ut plurimum, impalpabili, puro a summo ad immum, colles Lava, Islandi Röyne vocant, structura et duritie saxi, micacei, ferruginei (si ex abundantia micae circa vulcanos concludere liceat, et haec productum vulcanicum habenda), Planities, et in specie Romana 30 Mil[liaria] Ital[ica] diametri Puteolanae speciebus variis, haec, quae secundum Plinium mirabilia facit, jam in loco natali prope Puteolum (Pouzzoli) Giura vocato, Plures in Vesuvio dies degi, quem etiam in hisce habui magistrum.

Vides itaque, Vir illustris, quod Europa australis in regno lapideo nobis magis ignota sit quam vegetabili, idque propter facilitatem majorem in uno quam in altero.

Scribebam Charlottoburgi Hafniae aprilis d[ie] 24 1761.

upSUMMARY

Peder AscaniusAscanius, Peder (1723-1803).
Danish. Naturalist. Inspector of mines,
Norway. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has not forgotten Linnaeus, but various events resulted in Ascanius being unable to write to Linnaeus for some years. Now, he thanks Linnaeus very much for a letter that had just arrived [this letter has not come down to us].

Ascanius is glad that Linnaeus was pleased with the plants once sent from Holland. Ascanius had used to work at botany and other parts of natural science, but now he is mainly devoted to mineralogy. Ascanius had obtained seeds from Georg Christian von OederOeder, Georg Christian von
(1728-1791). German/Danish. Botanist
and economist. Studied under Albrecht
von Haller in Göttingen and became
professor of botany at Copenhagen.
Minister of finance for Norway. Started
the publishing of Flora Danica.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, which he encloses, and since several of them do not seem to be included in Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
, Ascanius asks Linnaeus to report to him on the development of the plants. A flora for Denmark and Norway is about to be published [Ascanius refers to the [Flora danica]. Icones plantarum sponte nascentium in regnis Daniae et NorvegiaeOeder, Georg Christian von
[Flora danica.] [Flora danica].
Icones plantarum sponte nascentium in
regnis Daniae et Norvegiae, in ducatibus
Slesvici et Holsatiae, et in comitatibus
Oldenburgi et Delmenhorstiae: ad
illustrandum opus de iisdem plantis,
regio jussu exarandum, Florae danicae
nomine inscriptum
, 17 vol., Suppl.
(1 v.) (Copenhagen 1766 [i.e.
1761]-1883).
].

Ascanius has not yet had time to arrange and publish all his notations from his seven years long journey, but he hopes to have the part on Italy ready within a rather short time.

Ascanius thinks that it is strange that there are no mineralogical descriptions of northern Europe, Island for example, or of volcanic minerals, of which there are very many species. Italy is especially rich in those minerals, and Ascanius illustrates it with some detailed comments. He had spent many days near Vesuvius, which had taught him much. But on the whole, the world of minerals is less known than the world of plants, especially in southern Europe.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, I, 199-200). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. A selection (1821), vol. 2, p. 483-485   p.483  p.484  p.485.
2. “Af Linnés brevvexling” (1871), p. 373-374   p.373  p.374.
3. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 103-104   p.103  p.104.