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Link: • Anders Johan von Höpken to Carl Linnaeus, 7 October 1762 n.s.
Dated 7. October 1762.. Sent from Skänninge (Sweden) to ? (). Written in Swedish.


Anders Johan von HöpkenHöpken, Anders Johan von
(1712-1789). Swedish. Count and
statesman. One of the founders of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.The
Chancellor of the Uppsala University
1760-1764. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
complains that the postal service’s slowness meant that he did not receive Linnaeus’s letter [this letter has not come down to us] until the previous delivery. Höpken thanks Linnaeus for assisting his son [presumably Fredric Ulric von HöpkenHöpken, Fredric Ulric
(1745-1766). Swedish. Student. Son of
Anders Johan von Höpken.
]. Linnaeus had praised Höpken [this letter has not come down to us] for support probably in a disagreement with the faculty of Theology. He continues to write that, from Gustaf II Adolf’sGustaf II Adolf, (1594-1632).
Swedish. Reigned 1611-1632.
time, the King being a deeply philosophical person, the Government has considered to limit the power Theology had acquired during the Catholic period. Consequently, the composition of the University Senate had been changed and more mixed. Höpken wonders what would have occurred if the Senate again had its power restricted. What then would it look like with regard to the emergence of the philosophical sciences? The system of Copernicus’s would not be tested according to astronomic observations or to mathematic truths, but according to theological interpretations and Aristotelian philosophy. Höpken refers to notices concerning the dispute on Carthesian philosophy between the Theological faculty and Johan BilbergBilberg, Johan (1646-1717).
Swedish. Bishop, mathematician.
which can be found among the archives of the Uppsala University, with the result that Bilberg was considered too dangerous by the University, finally to be removed from his post and transported to be Dean in Örebro.

Höpken then asks for Linnaeus’s silence on this matter.

Höpken notes that Linnaeus is considering a rest after all the academic difficulties he had encountered but Höpken does not approve. Without Linnaeus everything he had achieved would fade to nothing.

Höpken wonders when Linnaeus will present the observations concerning medulla [Höpken refers to the forthcoming Clavis medicinaeLinnaeus, Carl Clavis
medicinae duplex, exterior &
(Stockholm, 1766). Soulsby
no. 980.
] and the origin of the earth [Höpken refers presumably to the oration given by Linnaeus in 1763, “Skaparens afsikt”Linnaeus, Carl “Skaparens afsikt
med naturens verk. En otryckt
promotionsföreläsning af
Linné 1763”, ed. A. Hj. Uggla in
Festskrift tillägnad Nils von
, Uppsala 1947, repr. in
SLÅ 1947, 71-96.
, which was not published in Linnaeus’s lifetime] that Höpken had heard about when he visited Uppsala.


a. (LS, VII, 54-57). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


1. Riksrådet grefve Anders Johan von Höpkens skrifter (1893), vol. 2, p. 5-8 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 152-154   p.152  p.153  p.154.