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Link: • Anders Johan von Höpken to Carl Linnaeus, 11 April 1763 n.s.
Dated 11 April 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.
has received letters from Linnaeus dated 29 March and 1 April 1763 [these letters have not come down to us], the latter causing him concern over the health of his son [presumably Fredric Ulric von HöpkenHöpken, Fredric Ulric
(1745-1766). Swedish. Student. Son of
Anders Johan von Höpken.
]. Höpken had urged his son to be careful during the winter and not to go out in the cold, but to little avail. The present fever was acquired during his son’s journey to his aunt the Countess Hildebrand [Höpken means Sophia Lovisa HildebrandHildebrand, Sophia Lovisa
Swedish. Wife of Henric Jacob
Hildebrand. Born Sparre af
]. If God cannot help to cure him, writes Höpken, perhaps Linnaeus could prescribe a health-cure for him at a spa where his blood would be freshened up and his fluids would be diluted. Höpken awaits the post with anguish.

With regard to the former letter, Höpken refuses to be thanked for what happened to Linnaeus and his son [Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his father’s lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeus’s
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
. Höpken probably refers to the appointement of the son to in time be Linnaeus’s successor]. Linnaeus himself is the author of his success and pleasure. However, Höpken wishes that Linnaeus will continue his university duties. Höpken writes that the Cosmographic society [Kosmografiska sällskapetKosmografiska sällskapet i
Swedish. Scientific
society in Uppsala 1758-1778, famous for
its production of terrestrial and
celestial globes.
] in Uppsala, through Daniel MelanderMelanderhjelm, Daniel
(1726-1810). Swedish. Professor of
astronomy, Uppsala. Secretary of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
, has asked for his support and that he had agreed as the Society’s intentions were good and deserved encouragement. However, Höpken has doubts about the Society’s economy. Höpken draws parallels with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] in Stockholm. As regards the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
], Höpken says he knows nothing about it except that it is lame and requires vitality but that Linnaeus is having little success with his efforts. As long as Gustaf BondeBonde, Gustaf (1682-1764).
Swedish. Count, Councillor, member of
the Royal Society of Sciences. Married
to Viveca Bonde, father of Carl Bonde.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is alive it will remain as it is. In closing, Höpken returns to the problem of his son’s disposition, asking Linnaeus for a few lines to quieten his concern.


a. (LS, VII, 70-71). [1] [2] [3]


1. Riksrådet grefve Anders Johan von Höpkens skrifter (1893), vol. 2, p. 14-15 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 161-162   p.161  p.162.