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Link: • Peter Collinson to Carl Linnaeus, 5 September 1764 n.s.
Dated sepr:5:1764. Sent from London (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.


Peter CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is glad that Linnaeus has recovered, which Linnaeus’s pupil Combles had told him

Collinson has written letters to Linnaeus about swallows and to congratulate Linnaeus on his new honours, but Linnaeus seems to have forgotten him. Collinson has not heard from Linnaeus for ages, but Collinson supposes that may be due to his sickness. Now, that Linnaeus has recovered, Collinson hopes he will receive a letter from Linnaeus soon.

Collinson is glad that Linnaeus’s son [Carl Linnaeus the Younger Linnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his father’s lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeus’s
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
] has been chosen to succeed his father.

Collinson is sure that John EllisEllis, John (1711-1776).
British. Merchant and naturalist, expert
on zoophytes. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has sent Linnaeus his treatise on the “Sea Pen” [Penna marina] [Collinson refers to ”An account of the sea pen, or Pennatula phosphorea of Linnaeus"Ellis, John ”An account of the
sea pen, or Pennatula phosphorea of
Linnaeus; likewise a description of a
new species of sea pen, found on the
coast of South-Carolina, with
observations on sea-pens in general. In
a letter to the honourable Coote
Molesworth, Esq; M.D. and F.R.S”,
Philosophical Transactions of the
Royal Society of London
, 53 (1764),
], otherwise Collinson would have sent it.

Collinson apologizes for misprints in this letter, which is written in some haste.

P.S. Collinson mentions that he was promised a copy of the new edition of Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
two years ago. However, he has not yet received it, and he hopes that it has not been lost in the mail.


a. original holograph (LS, XVII, 77). [1] [2] [3]


1. A selection (1821), vol. 1, p. 63   p.63.