Linnaeus expresses his gratitude to Carl Gustaf TessinTessin, Carl Gustaf
(1695-1770). Swedish. Count, important
politician and patron of science and
art. He supported Swedish artists and
scientists and collected art, books and
natural history objects. He assisted
Linnaeus’s career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
Linnaeus finds it difficult to find a knowledgeable person to come to the meetings within the university as they are all busy with educational matters.
Linnaeus can only recommend one experienced person in mineralogy, Mathias KewenterKewenter, Mathias (1735-1805).
Swedish. Docent in chemistry and
metallurgy. Member of the Swedish
Riksdag, alderman, cellar master in
Uppsala. , working with Johan Gottschalk WalleriusWallerius, Johan Gottschalk
(1709-1785). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Uppsala. . Linnaeus has negotiated with him and he has promised to contact Tessin after the Twelfth Day and then complete Tessin’s catalogue. Linnaeus thinks that the arrival of the Chancellor [Anders Johan von Höpken] lies behind Kewenter’s many excuses for not visiting Tessin earlier and Linnaeus expresses his concern and excuses and is very sorry that he has not been able to meet with Tessin’s wishes as he does not know anyone else with enough experience. Kewenter also knows Latin.
Linnaeus sends his best wishes to the Countess Tessin [Lovisa Ulrika TessinTessin, Lovisa Ulrica (-1768).
Swedish. Countess, wife of Carl Gustaf