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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3054 • Carl Gustaf Tessin to Carl Linnaeus, 29 April 1762 n.s.
Dated d. 29. April 1762.. Sent from Åkerö (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Åkerö d[en] 29. April 1762.

Wälborne Herr Archiater och Riddare,

Quotidie aliquod addiscentes senes fieri debemus säyer Cicero.

I desse dagar har jag bekommit de frö och wäxter som på hosföljande papper finnas upförde; men, hwartill duga de? Denna frågan kan H[err] Archiatrens insickt och will dess wänskap utreda.

Ju dummare lärjunge, ju utförligare läxa.

Min tid tillåter mig att skrifwa arcktals; men H[err] Archiatrens många giöremål knappast att läsa desse rader.

Jag will altså igenom kårthet och försyn förtiäna den underwisning jag mig tienstligast utbeder.

Oändelig är den wänskap och tillgifwenhet, med hwilcka jag in i döden framhärdar,

Wälborne H[err] Archiatrens och Riddarens
tienstkyldigste trogne
tienare
Carl G[ustaf] Tessin

upSUMMARY

With an opening quotation from Cicero, Carl Gustaf TessinTessin, Carl Gustaf
(1695-1770). Swedish. Count, important
politician and patron of science and
art. He supported Swedish artists and
scientists and collected art, books and
natural history objects. He assisted
Linnaeus’s career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
writes to Linnaeus to ask him kindly to identify the enclosed seeds and plants and to explain how to use them.


List of plants from Surinam, received from Carl Gustaf DahlbergDahlberg, Carl Gustaf (?-?).
Swedish. Colonel and owner of a
plantation in Surinam. Daniel Rolander
went to Surinam to serve as tutor for
Dahlberg’s children. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
.
1. Corn. To be planted with a distance of one thumb. Does not look like the common Turkish wheat, the seeds are too small. Question: Are their use and characteristics known?
2. Indigo. To be sown as other seeds. Will they grow ripe here and will they keep their beautiful colour?
3. Karpata. Will be planted as other pips. Looks, fruit and use are unknown.
4. Sursak. See above.
5. Coffee. To be planted one thumb beneath the surface of the ground. Not worth the effort. Conservatories are too expensive to heat.
6. Beans for medicine. Why cultivate them? They rattle as full of small seeds.
7. Cotton. To be planted as other pips. Are they worth while to plant in Sweden?
8. Something called Förpärlor [in Swedish, roughly ‘young pearls’]. To be planted as pips. What is this?
9. Calabash. To be planted as cucumber seeds. Might this be a special kind of cucumber?

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, XV, 160-163). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]