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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3052 • Carl Linnaeus to Daniel Solander, 5 March 1762 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to London (Great Britain). Written in Swedish.

Min egen Herre och wän.

jag har längtat dageligen, som en fogel äfter liusan dag, at få M[in] H[erres] bref om han wille mot taga på ett äller 2 åhr Botaniska professionen i Petersburg, med de hwilkor jag aviserat för juhl, i mitt bref addresserat under H[err] Branders och Spaldings anwisning, men jag har intet fått swar; wet altså intet hwad jag skall swara Petropolitanis; Emedlertid går tiden mig utur händerne, ty jag hade kunnat unna någon annor den hedersposten, om M[in] H[erre] ej welat haft honom.

jag har intet fått wetta om M[in] H[erre] fått 3000 d[a]l[e]r af sit stipendium, som öfwersändes för juhl; lätt mig dett wetta.

H[err]Kuhn skall jag betala p[en]g[a]rne 700, och sagt honom att han får dem hwad dag han befaller; han har bedt mig behålla dem inne, till des han har dem af nöden, då de prompt honom lefwereras.

I dag har jag haft första correcturen på nya editionen av Species plantarum. de blifwa 1/3 förökte.

Bergius blef doch Botanices Professor i stockhom af Ständerne, som ej hade skedt om jag haft M[in] H[erre] hemma.

De wackre Narcisser M[in] H[erre] sände, blomma nu äfter hwar andra och hierteligen fägna mig.

är det sant att mitt Systeme är utgifwit på engelska af trädgårds mästaren H[err] Lee. Kiänner M[in] H[erre] My Lady Månsson äller Millord Bute? som skola wara curieuxe.

Ännu hafwa wij full winter.

Intet nytt mer än at Floderus blef Ling[uae] graecae Professor, äfter Amnel.

Kiäre lät mig wetta huru länge M[in] H[erre] blifwer i Engeland.

Bergman blef Philos[ophie] Adjunct äfter Melander.

Hela mitt hus hälsar oändeligen. Logie är här wärfware och officer.

Kiäre skrif mig något nytt i botaniquen äller zoologien och fägna mig på ålderdomen.

jag är Min käre Herres
trogne tienare
Carl Linnaeus

upsala 1762
d[ie] 5 Martii

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has longed every day to obtain a letter from 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.
telling if he wished to receive the botanical profession in Petersburg for a year or two according to the conditions Linnaeus informed him before Christmas in a letter directed to Gustaf BranderBrander, Gustaf (1720-1787).
Swedish. Merchant in London. Partner of
Abraham Spalding in the firm Spalding
& Brander. Curator of the British
Museum. Friend of John Ellis.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Abraham SpaldingSpalding, Abraham (1712-1782).
Swedish. Merchant, London, in
partnership with Gustaf Brander.
[Linnaeus to Solander 11 December 1761Letter L3010]. As Linnaeus has received no answer he don’t know what to answer the people from St. Petersburg. If he had known that Solander was not interested, he could have treated someone else with that position.

Linnaeus has not been told if Solander has obtained 3000 dlr of the Stipendium Piperianum which was sent before Christmas.

Adam KuhnKuhn, Adam (1741-1817).
American. Physician, Philadelphia.
Studied under Linnaeus at Uppsala
University in 1762-1763. Linnaeus’s only
American student. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
will be payed the 700 when he needs them.

Linnaeus has this day received the first proofs of the new edition of Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
.

Peter Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeus’s student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
was appointed professor of botany in Stockholm, appointed by the Swedish parliament [Sveriges Riksdag] which had not happened if Solander had been at home.

The Narcissuses sent by Solander are in flower.

Linnaeus wonders if it is true that his system is published in English by the gardener James LeeLee, James (1715-1795).
British. Market gardener, Hammersmith
(London). Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[Linnaeus refers to Lee’s An Introduction to BotanyLinnaeus, Carl & James Lee
An Introduction to Botany. Containing
an explanation of the theory of that
science and an interpretation of its
technical terms. Extracted from the
works of Dr. Linnaeus [mainly the
Philosophia Botanica, 1751], and
calculated to assist such as may be
desirous of studying that author´s
method and improvements [...] To which
is added an Appendix, containing upwards
of two thousand English names of Plants,
referred to their proper titles in the
Linnaean System
(London, 1760).
Soulsby no. 453.
] and whether Solander knows Lady Månsson [Anne MonsonMonson, Anne (1727-1776).
British. Amateur botanist, wife of
Colonel George Monson, and disciple of
James Lee. Travelled to Calcutta, where
she died. On the way to India she stayed
in the Cape of Good Hope, where she met
with Carl Peter Thunberg.
] or Millord Bute [John StuartStuart, John (1713-1792).
British. 3rd Earl of Bute. Scottish
nobleman who served as Prime Minister of
Great Britain (1762–1763) under George
III.
].

Linnaeus reports that is still full winter.

Johan FloderusFloderus, Johan (1721-1789).
Swedish. Professor of Greek, Uppsala.
Close friend to Carl Linnaeus and his
family.
has become professor of Greek after Johan AmnellAmnell, Johan Johannis
(1718-1789). Swedish. Professor of
greek 1747 and theology 1761, Uppsala.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
.

Linnaeus wants to know how long Solander will stay in England.

Torbern BergmanBergman, Torbern (1735-1784).
Swedish. Professor of chemistry,
metallurgy and pharmacy at Uppsala.
Linnaeus’s student. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
has become adjunct after Melander [Daniel MelanderhjelmMelanderhjelm, Daniel
(1726-1810). Swedish. Professor of
astronomy, Uppsala. Secretary of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
1796-1803.
]

His whole family sends greetings. Fredrik LogieLogie, Fredrik (1739-1785).
Swedish. Studied under Linnaeus in
Uppsala. Army officer. Forwarded to
Linnaeus the natural history specimens
sent by his brother Alexander from
Algier. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is recruiter and army officer.

Linnaeus wishes that Solander will tell news in botany or zoology.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Connaroe papers, vol. 7:71). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. “Daniel Solander och Linné” (1954), p. 60-61 .
2. Collected correspondence (1995), p. 212-215 .