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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Claes Ekeblad, 3 November 1764 n.s.
Dated 1764 d. 3 November.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus addresses Claes EkebladEkeblad, Claes (1708-1771).
Swedish. Count, councillor, chancellor
of Åbo University. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
with all the formality and flattering phrases he can muster before noting that, that since childhood and up to the present when he is now grey-haired, he has achieved both the honour and misfortune that, when foreigners find some rare, new, or unknown plants, they turn to Linnaeus asking for guidance. Linnaeus complains that this leads to much work, writing and numerous expenses for postage without becoming rich. Hitherto, Linnaeus had suffered this with patience, as generally it had been moderate.

However, Linnaeus continues, three months ago he received a letter that would cost him 17 plates in the copper reckoning to redeem. Linnaeus could see that the letter [20 July 1764Letter L3424] had come from Pietro ArduinoArduino, Pietro (1728-1805).
Italian. Professor of economy, Padua.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Padua. Foreigners generally sent letters with the mail-cart, as it was less expensive. Linnaeus had written to Arduini [3 November 1764Letter L3484] asking that he should use that way in the future.

But this letter had already arrived: Linnaeus did not want to pay the postage and thus the state would lose the revenue. It would not be a great loss to the state if Linnaeus were to receive the same letter without cost as the contents only concern science. This matter is not of such import that Linnaeus would formally submit an application to the Cancellie Collegium; all that was needed was a word from Ekeblad in that direction. Ekeblad is known to always favour science. Linnaeus believes that, if he had lived in any other country and worked for the promotion of science, he would have been granted exemption from postage, and that can be proved by all Linnaeusís coaetaneis exteris that have become considerable in any science. Linnaeus concludes by stating that he is now applying for exemption for just one letter and believes that maecenates scientiarum would never have the conscience to deny this for such a negligible compatriot.



a. original holograph (RA, Kabinettet, UD, Huvudarkivet, vol. E1 A:10). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 18-19   p.18  p.19.