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Link: • Mikael Harmensen to Carl Linnaeus, 6 December 1763 n.s.
Dated ce 6 xbre 1763. Sent from Bordeaux (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in French.


Linnaeus has told Mikael HarmensenHarmensen, Mikael (1771-1793).
Swedish. Swedish general consul in
Bordeaux, 1751. Ennobled in Sweden 1773.
Married to Sofie Dorolee von Robais.
Son of Jean Christoffer Harmensen.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
about the difficulties he has met concerning Harmensen´s request and Harmensen expresses his gratitude. Last April, the Polish king, Elector of Saxony [Frederick August IIFrederick August II ,
(1696-1763). Polish. Also king August
III of Poland from 1734-1763. Elector of
Saxony in the Holy Roman Empire from
], who had accorded Harmensenís brother the consulate of Bayonne, has last April granted a patent of nobility to Harmensenís father [Jean Christoffer HarmensenHarmensen, Jean Christoffer (d.
1765). Swedish?. Merchant, Bordeaux.
Father of Mikael Harmensen.
] and his descendants. The King had been informed that the Harmensen family had lived in Saxony a long time ago and served the Saxon state. Harmensen should have informed Linnaeus earlier, but the patent had not reached him because the man from Warsaw who was in charge of the matter had been delayed during the journey. Linnaeus must not think that Harmensenís gratitude only depends on what Linnaeus can procure from the court regarding the favours Harmensenís family has asked for. If Linnaeus could obtain some other favour from the King instead, Harmensen would be most grateful.

Harmensen has learnt that His Majesty [here Harmensen presumably means 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.
] has conferred Harmensenís surviving consulate on WitfohtWitfoht, . from Stockholm. Harmensen did not think that this was usual with the court, otherwise he would have taken the liberty of asking for the same favour for someone from his own family. Harmensen will not repeat what he has already said about the expense the consulate has caused him and the services he has performed for trade and shipping. He had no income from the consulate. Harmensen would be immensely grateful if the Majesty at Linnaeusís request would confer on him the consulate-general in France with its remunerations. Now it is held by Christian HolmHolm, Christian Swedish.
Consul, Sêté.
at Sêté. That consulate would be much better placed in Bordeaux since it is the most considerable harbour in France. Harmensen will, however, not make this request if it will harms Holm, but it would please him much to receive this favour since it would prove that his services have pleased the King and the nation. Harmensen puts his confidence in Linnaeus concerning this promotion that will tie Harmensen still more to the Swedish state and nation.

As this letter will arrive on New Yearís Eve Harmensen sends his best wishes to Linnaeus and those dear to him.


a. original holograph (LS, VI, 300-301). [1] [2] [3]