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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2921 • Christian Gottlieb Ludwig to Carl Linnaeus, 10 June 1761 n.s.
Dated 10 Junii 1761. Sent from Leipzig (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Illustri atque Doctissimo,
D[omi]n[o] D[octori] Carolo Linnaeo,
Equiti de Stella Polari, Archiatro Regio
et Professori meritissimo,
S[alutem] P[lurimam] D[icit]
D[ominus] Christianus Gottlieb Ludwig,
Med[icinae] Prof[essor] Lipsiensis.

Et forte Tibi ignotus sum, cum a longo tempore nec literas ad Te dederim, nec ad ultimas meas responsum acceperim. Benevolentiae tamen Tuae memor calamum moveo, quo M[onsieur] RudolphoRudolph, Johann Heinrich
(1744-1809). German. Botanist from
Jena, professor of botany at St
Petersburg in 1783.
,[1] qui Tibi has literas tradet, faveam. Is enim jam a multis annis Mathesin aliasque scientias hic Lipsiae excoluit. Docendo hanc potissimum scientiam declaravit. In scientiae et historiae naturalis cultura praeterea semper cum laude occupatus. Hic nutu amici nunc iter in Norvegiam meditatur et Upsaliam quoque salutabit. Excipias eum benevolentia, qua exteros in patriam Tuam accedentes excipere soles, et omnem apparatum Historiae naturalis, quem Tuo studio in Suecia congesisti eidem ostendas, quo laetus scientiae, quam colit, incrementa capiat. Cum etiam ob bellorum turbas commercium meum literarium cum viris Eruditis Sueciae interruptum fuerit indeque factum sit, ut historia literaria Medicinae, quae ad patriam tuam pertinet, non ample satis in Commentariis nostris de rebus in scientia naturali et medicina gestis[2] expressa sit, C[e]l[eberrimo] Rudolpho in commissis dedi, ut cum veteranis meis amicis et fautoribus hac de re agat, quo ea, quae hactenus omissa vel non rite indicata sunt, colligat. In supplementis enim ad decem Volumina addendis, haec commode addi poterunt. Hortum meum non obstantibus belli injuriis adhuc colo, licet enim a multis annis in perficienda re herbaria nihil praestare potuerim. In hoc tamen studio, quod semper amavi, imminentis senii oblectamenta invenio et nihil magis in votis habeo quam ut moriens etiam posteris continuandi studii auxilia relinquam. Si itaque, quid est, in quo Tibi utilis esse possim, ostendas, quaeso, C[e]l[eberrimo] Rudolpho, qui me monere vel redux in Saxoniam Tuis desideriis satisfacere poterit. Vale, Vir Illustris, et mihi etiam imposterum fave!

Dabam Lipsiae d[ie] 10 Junii 1761.

[address] Viro Illustri atque Amplissimo / Dn. Carolo Linnaeo, Equiti de / stella polari Archiatro Regio et Professori / Upsaliensi meritissimo nec non variarum / Societatum Svecicarum Socio / Upsaliam.

upSUMMARY

For a long time Christian Gottlieb Ludwig has not written any letters to Linnaeus. He has received no answer to his last one.

Linnaeus is asked to receive Johann Heinrich Rudolph, a scholar from Leipzig, who will visit Norway and then Uppsala. Ludwig’s contacts with Swedish scientists have been interrupted because of the wars going on. Therefore he has not been able to treat Swedish medicine properly in his Commentarii de rebus in scientia naturali et medicina gestis. Rudolph should collect material, which can be published in the supplements. Ludwig is fond of his garden but has done nothing for many years to finish his herbarium.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, IX, 506-507). [1] [2] [3]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
Johann Heinrich Rudolph did come to Uppsala. In the spring of 1762 he was beaten up at the inn of Sandviken together with Aleksandr Matveevich KaramyschewKaramyschew, Aleksandr Matveevich
(1744-1791). Russian. Disciple of
Linnaeus.
and Christian Emanuel HoppiusHoppius, Christian Emanuel
(1736-?). Russian. Disciple of
Linnaeus.
. This attack on foreign scholars by Swedish citizens caused quite a scandal at Uppsala. See Fries, Linné. LefnadsteckningFries, T. M. Linné.
Lefnadsteckning
, I-II (Stockholm
1903).
, II, 18.
2.
Commentarii de rebus in scientia naturali et medicina gestis Commentarii de rebus in
scientia naturali et medicina gestis

(Leipzig 1752-1798).
.