-Search for letters
-Search in texts






Link: • Johan Peter Falck to Carl Linnaeus, 1 May 1764 n.s.
Dated XX Apr. 1764 Sent from St Petersburg (Russia) to (). Written in Latin.


Johan Peter FalckFalck, Johan Peter (1732-1774).
Swedish. Professor of botany and
curator of the botanical garden of St
Petersburg. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for a recent letter [this letter has not come down to us] that he had longed for. Its arrival was the best that could happen to him. Falck understands that the letters to Linnaeus that he had sent have met with bad fates, as have those from Linnaeus, since Falck has not received a single one. Falck is not well, neither physically not psychically, and but for his contacts with his benefactor [Karl Friedrich KruseKruse, Karl Friedrich (?-1799).
Russian. Personal physician to the
Russian czar. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], who acts as his patron at the Imperial court, he would not have been able to stand it.

Falck is glad that Linnaeusís tea bush is flowering, and he is sorry that he omitted seeing it before he left. The shipwreck that he suffered was something of a punishment for that.

Falck is also glad that Adam KuhnKuhn, Adam (1741-1817).
American. Physician, Philadelphia.
Studied under Linnaeus at Uppsala
University in 1762-1763. Linnaeusís only
American student. Correspondent of
is about to return directly to America without visiting France and other unhealthy places on his way. Kuhn will be open to blame if he does not behave in such a way that becomes a pupil of Linnaeus.

Pehr ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeusís student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is still alive, and Falck hopes he will live to see his work properly recognized. Now, Falck feels that the Danes are envious of Forsskål, himself and the Opobalsamum.

Falck also comments on the deaths of the archbishop [Samuel TroiliusTroilius, Samuel (1706-1764).
Swedish. Archbishop in 1757.
] and Vitaliano DonatiDonati, Vitaliano (1713-1763).
Italian. Professor of natural history,
Turin. Travelled in the Balkans and in
the Orient. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. The latter had died among his beloved corals, according to Falck, who compares that with the deaths of other scholars: Peter ArtediArtedi, Peter (1705-1735).
Swedish. Ichtyologist. Close friend of
among fishes and Georg Wilhelm RichmannRichmann, Georg Wilhelm
(1711-1753). German. Physicist at the
Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg.
in an experiment with electrical discharges.

The position as Professor of Botany in St Petersburg is still vacant. Pehr KalmKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had declined it, preferring to stay in Finland, and Falck does not know to whom it is now being offered.

Falck informs Linnaeus of some new books that he had seen, such as Nicolaus PodaísPoda von Neuhaus, Nicolaus
(1793-1798). Austrian?. Jesuit.
Naturalist.The first naturalist in the
Austrian empire to apply Linnaeusís
binomial system. Correspondent of
Insecta musei GraecensisPoda von Neuhaus, Nicolaus
Insecta musei Graecensis
(Graecii, 1761).
, and he offers to get them for Linnaeus if Linnaeus wants them. Falck also sends Linnaeus some material from a flora of Provence.

Falck has also seen notices that Scopoliís Entomologia Carniolica Scopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Entomologia Carniolica, exhibens
insecta Carniolae [... ] distributa
[...] methodo Linnaeana
and Linnaeusís Iter Gothlandicum [Falck means the Öländska och gothländska resaLinnaeus, Carl
Öländska och
Gothländska Resa på Riksens
högloflige ständers befallning
förrättad åhr 1741. Med
anmärkningar uti oeconomien,
natural-historien, antiquiteter &c
med åtskillige figurer

(Stockholm & Uppsala 1745). Soulsby
no. 202.
] have been published in German translations [Falck refers to, Herrn Carl Linnaei [Ö] Reisen durch das Königreich SchwedenLinnaeus, Carl Herrn Carl
Linnaei [Ö] Reisen durch das
Königreich Schweden welche auf
Befehl der hohen Obrigkeit, zur
Verbesserung des Naturkunde,
Haushaltungs-und Arzneykunst von ihm
angestellt und mit Anmerkungen, so die
Geschichte, Althertümer, Sitten und
Lebensart der Einwohner betreffen,
nachher sind herausgegeben worden
transl. C. E. Klein (Leipzig, 1756).

On comments on a work by Anton von StoerckStoerck, Anton von (1731-1803).
Austrian. Physician in ordinary to
Maria Theresia of Austria.
, Falck refers some notes on medical practice.

Falck had seen Johann Jacob Lerche Lerche, Johann Jacob
(1703-1780). German. Naturalist.
Military physician in Russian service at
Astrakan. Travelled in Persia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and forwarded Linnaeusís thanks for seeds of Cucurbita that Lerche had sent. Lerche had been glad to hear that, since he had been uncertain if the seeds had reached Linnaeus. So now, Falck had received more seeds from Lerche, meant for Linnaeus, but as they are too many to go with that letter, Falck sends just some of them now. Falck has also taken away some that he knows already are in the Uppsala garden. Some detailed information on some of the species is forwarded from Lerche.

Falck has not yet had time to see much in St. Petersburg, but he will do so, and Kruse will help him.

Falck is eager to see the trees in St. Petersburg starting after the winter. There are lots of birch-trees in the city. Falck has seen no other trees except some pears and prunes. It is both cumbersome and dangerous for a foreigner to leave the city for the neighbourhood, so Falck has not tried that.


a. (LS, IV, 115-116). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 37-40   p.37  p.38  p.39  p.40.