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Link: • Anders Johan von Höpken to Carl Linnaeus, 28 January 1763 n.s.
Dated 28 Jan: 1763. Sent from Skänninge (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


With yesterday’s post 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.
was pleased to receive Linnaeus’s letter of the 18 January 1763Letter L3194, together with Linnaeus’s memorandum to the King regarding which Höpken had no objections. Höpken had planned to answer it immediately but had unexpectedly received visitors who, he comments, are much more obstructive and hindering than those in the town. On the next occasion Linnaeus’s plan, desire and intention will be arranged in its entirety.

Regarding the other matter in Linnaeus’s letter, Höpken thanks Linnaeus for the friendship he has offered, etc., etc. Finally coming to the point, Höpken assures Linnaeus that he has not made up his mind on the matter as he is well aware that there were many, both with the Uppsala University and outside it, who would be delighted to see a change. The reason Höpken speeded up Parliament’s decree relating to Linnaeus was that Höpken had thought, from reading Linnaeus’s letters, that Linnaeus doubted his good intentions. Höpken assures Linnaeus that he is against salaries being extracted from the university, that extraordinary services should thereby be created, etc., because all steps in that direction are cheap as they are done to court favours of great men.

Höpken has to close as the notepaper reminds him that there is no more space.


a. (LS, VII, 62-63). [1] [2] [3]


1. Riksrådet grefve Anders Johan von Höpkens skrifter (1893), vol. 2, p. 9-10 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 156-157   p.156  p.157.