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Link: • Anders Johan von Höpken to Carl Linnaeus, 28 March 1763 n.s.
Dated 28 Martii 1763. 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.
acknowledges receipt of Linnaeus’s letter of 15 March 1763 [this letter has not come down to us]. Höpken finds that his proposal had not entirely been rejected and he assumes that Linnaeus no longer has the time to work on a Theologia naturae but that Linnaeus could always follow the advice of Tacitus, who is quoted. Höpken does not request more, or another, time. Concerning the late lamented Anders CelsiusCelsius, Anders (1701-1744).
Swedish. Professor of astronomy,
Uppsala. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Höpken had heard the same opinion, namely that he is in Hell. One may comment that such judges are poor in spirit. The answer given to them by Linnaeus cannot be improved upon, but truth, common sense and love make no impression upon them. They are under the impression that only they have the key to Heaven, which makes them conceited.

Höpken continues by mentioning that Olof af AcrelAcrel, Olof af (1717-1806).
Swedish. Surgeon, professor at the
Serafimer-hospital in Stockholm. Uncle
of Johan Gustaf Acrel.
has asked for a directive that one of his students, named Daniel TheelThéel, Daniel
(1744-1795). Swedish. Surgeon, director
general of military health services in
, should be allowed to retain the Helmfeldianum scholarship. He was said to have lost it on account of being absent some time from the Academy, but was staying in Stockholm in order to acquire practice in surgery. Acrel asserts that he is one of his best students. It was Höpken’s opinion that he did not loose the scholarship for that reason. He had been absent, without permission, and without reporting his intentions, and Höpken does not wish to defend his reasons, but simply asks for indulgence and forgiveness. Höpken asks Linnaeus to assist Theel for his sake.


a. (LS, VII, 68-69). [1] [2] [3]


1. Riksrådet grefve Anders Johan von Höpkens skrifter (1893), vol. 2, p. 13-14 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 160-161   p.160  p.161.