Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin,
16 October 1764 n.s.
L3464. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von JacquinNicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin
Linnaeus has received Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin’sJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Linnaeus has not the time to answer everybody, and many write to him without really wanting anything; they just want to continue the exchange of letters. He writes more letters than his 25 fellow professors together. He is overrun with work, and if his wife had not managed the house, everything would have been chaos. But he has never willingly omitted answering a true friend who is a real scientist, although he at times has considered slowing down his pace of work a little.
Linnaeus had been taken ill on May 2 and did not leave his bed until June 25. He is still not quite well. – When he got Jacquin’s work through Christian Friis RottböllRottböll, Christian Friis
Linnaeus lists a lot of social and professional tasks for the Uppsala professors, which he must attend to, in addition to his lectures and other things. He is quite exhausted when he goes to bed in the evening, and he can no longer be careless about his health. Everybody is surprised he can do so much; it is only Jacquin who is not satisfied.
Some specimens and seeds enclosed in the letter are commented upon. Especially, he mentions a new genus Forskåhlea, the seeds of which should be sown in the beginning of spring in the greenhouse.
Linnaeus has copies of Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 79-81 p.79 p.80 p.81.