Linnaeus replies to a letter from Carl Christoffer GjörwellGjörwell, Carl Christoffer
(1731-1811). Swedish. Author,
publisher, royal librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. [this letter has not come down to us].
Linnaeus reports to that he had received a letter from London, dated The Strand, June 16th 1762 stating that, at the request of The Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, George BoxBox, George British. Assistent
secretary of the Society for
Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and
Commerce in London. , assistant secretary in that society, was to inform Linnaeus that on April 20th he had been elected as member of the society.
F. von MulinenMulinen, F von Swiss.
President of the Ökonomische
Gesellschaft zu Bern. , president of the Ökonomische Gesellschaft zu Bern has also sent Linnaeus a letter of acceptance dated 31st March.
Linnaeus then explains in detail that he had noticed that his age was affecting his work and that he needed to reduce his duties. He had applied to the King [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] for permission to appoint 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 fatherís lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeusís
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
] to be botanical demonstrator, while Linnaeus himself remained as professor. This means that Linneausís son would continue with the travelling both nationally and internationally. However, should Linnaeus die during one of his sonís journeys he must return immediately and take up the post of curator of the Uppsala University Botanical Garden, as it cannot withstand a vacancy. Thus, as long as Linnaeus retains his strength there would be no change, he would remain professor and his son would be demonstrator.
Linnaeus then discusses his library and the numerous collections and correspondence that, upon his death, would risk dispersal. Linnaeus means that through the graciousness of the king in approving his application these would be saved and taken over by his son.
Should Linnaeus become bed-ridden he would be relieved of his duties but would retain his professorís salary until his death. The professorship would be transferred to his son.