Johan Peter Falck to Carl Linnaeus,
22 June 1764 n.s.
L3414. Johan Peter FalckJohan Peter Falck (1732-1774). Swedish.
Johan Peter FalckFalck, Johan Peter (1732-1774).
With great anxiousness Falck has been informed about Linnaeusís severe illness. However, he has to his utmost joy and relief also been told that Linnaeus has recovered. Falck has been struck with melancholia more than ever this year, although he believes he will reach old age. With successive anti-scorbutic treatments he tries to keep the symptoms in order. He has once been out in the countryside together with a Dutch priest. But the horrible weather made the excursion short and unpleasant.
Some time ago Falck could finally pay the Academy Botanical Garden a visit. Thanks to the Imperial physician-in-ordinaryís standing order for Linnaeus, Falck is now able to deliver the following report of plants not present in the paradise of Uppsala, i.e. the Uppsala University Botanical Garden: Actaea cimicifuga, presenting flowers first, every year. It has never developed fruits here. In shadow it reaches the height of a man but in open sun hardly 2 alnar [? 1,2 m]. The false spiraea, Spiraea sorbifolia, develops beautifully but does not flower, about a metre high.The Siberian sea rosemary, Tournefortia Sibirica, is in flower. Johann Ernst HebenstreitHebenstreit, Johann Ernst
The gardener shows Falck some trees, which are considered to be the most rare ones in the garden. Joseph Gottlieb KolreuterKolreuter, Joseph Gottlieb
In the garden of Falckís benefactor there is a shrubby Artemisia considered to be an ordinary southernwood [Artemisia abrotanum]. No one knows its origin or if it ever has flowered. Its fragrance is reminiscent of common tansy [Tanacetum vulgare]. It must be hardy to survive the winter of St. Petersburg. The Counsel of Advisory has promised him a potted sample of it towards the autumn, which then can be sent to Uppsala. Falck also informs Linnaeus about the particular characters of the leaf. Perhaps it is one of the shrubby species of Artemisia that , Johann Georg GmelinGmelin, Johann Georg
Falck sends his most humble regards to Linnaeusís wife [Sara Elisabet LinnaeaMoraea, Sara Elisabet
P.S. Falck has not been able to observe the coming of leaves except for the birches [Betula], which commenced on 7 May. On the same day the broken ice violently left lake Ladoga through the river Neva. Apple trees [Malus] and currant bushes [Ribes spp.] are not mentioned in this connection since they are located in warm beds with walls of wood and bricks facing the sun. The gardeners sell Nyctanthes at a price of 3 to 4 roubles per pot. Pavel Grigorevich DemidovDemidov, Pavel Grigorevich
Lerche, has left a stick of the lace-bark tree [Lagetta lintearia] to be delivered. He also conveys his deep admiration of Linnaeus. Falck intends to address the stick to Fredrik ZiervogelZiervogel, Fredrik (1727-1795).