Carl Linnaeus to Johan Ernst Gunnerus,
12 March 1764 n.s.
L3383. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Johan Ernst GunnerusJohan Ernst Gunnerus (1718-1773).
Linnaeus thanks Gunnerus Johan Ernst GunnerusGunnerus, Johan Ernst
Having read and reread Peter Friederich Suhm’sSuhm, Peter Friederich
Linnaeus greatly praises Gunnerus’s works.
The Norwegian ”Haae-gaelen” has now become quite distinct to Linnaeus and cannot be confused with another animal [Linnaeus refers to Gunnerus’s, "Om haae-gaelen"Gunnerus, Johan Ernst "Om
Linnaeus finds Gunnerus’s description and illustration of ”Sleep-marken” very satisfactory [Linnaeus refers to Gunnerus’s, "Om sleep-marken"Gunnerus, Johan Ernst "Om
”Nisen” has likewise given Linnaeus much pleasure [Linnaeus refers to Gunnerus’s, "Om nisen"Gunnerus, Johan Ernst "Om
Gunnerus has described ”Hav-katte” in an excellent way [Linnaeus refers to Gunnerus’s "Om hav-katten"Gunnerus, Johan Ernst "Om
Linnaeus has received a splendid copy of Gorgonia resediformis from Gunnerus. He has never seen anything like it among the zoophytes.
Gunnerus has described ”Haa-Skierding” scientifically correctly [Linnaeus refers to Gunnerus’s "Om haa-skierdingen"Gunnerus, Johan Ernst "Om
Linnaeus will use Gunnerus’s descriptions in his Systema naturae. It will perhaps be printed prior to the end of the year [Linnaeus refers to the forthcoming, Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
If Gunnerus does not get tired of describing the animals of the north, they will shortly be described by him.
Gunnerus is outstanding as a Bishop. He alone acknowledges the two Books of God, i.e. the Revealed one and that of Nature. Gunnerus commands his theologians to read the Book of Nature, which people in Sweden hate more than worms and dogs. He wishes that Gunnerus were the Archbishop of Uppsala. Gunnerus is the most brilliant of all the Bishops in Europe.
Linnaeus is not convinced that Gunnerus really knows what the Halices live of.
Linnaeus wonders what can be expected from Gunnerus in the field of natural history.
Linnaeus is now publishing Museum Reginae [Linnaeus refers to his forthcoming, Museum s:ae m:tis Ludovicae Ulricae reginaeLinnaeus, Carl Museum s:ae
Linnaeus has, as perhaps the first one in Europe, received a live and growing Tea bush.
P.S. 1. Linnaeus sees Gunnerus as a new comet that will enlighten the dark North. Regarding Gunnerus it can truly be said that the people living in darkness have seen a great light, which enlightens the whole world.
P.S. 2. Linnaeus eagerly awaits the description of Encrinus in the Skrifter.
a. original holograph (Norges teknisk-naturvetenskapliga universitetsbiblioteket, Trondheim, Priv. arch. 277. Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs Arkiv ).
1. Biskop Gunnerus' virksomhed fornemmelig som botaniker (1897), vol. III, p. 424-425 .