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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3494 • Carl Linnaeus to Morten Thrane Brünnich, 20 December 1764 n.s.
Dated 1764 d. 20 Decembris. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to København (Denmark). Written in Latin.

Viro clarissimo,
D[omi]no Mart[ino] Thrane Brünnichio,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] von Linné.

Tuas d[ie] 25 octobris datas rite accepi, nec pulchriores gratioresque excepi. Ditatae enim erant illae tam pulchris Naturae speculis, ut nescio, num pulchriores viderim. Insecta enim erant omnium rarissima et egregie conservata, reliqua delineata tamque affabre proposita, ut defectum subjecti vividissime ponebant ante oculos.

Singula videbis proximo anno v[olente] D[eo] in Systemate Naturae proposita cum Tuo nomine adposita ac si ea ipse edidisses in publicum.

Carabum tab. tua 13 ante accepi e Cap[ite] B[onae] Spei.

Curculiones Tui f. 5 & 6, ut dubius haeream, num vere differant a meo Curculione anchorago 48.

Tuae amicitiae debeo unica Insecta pulcherrima Spengleriana et conchas istas rarissimas.

Utinam scirem, qua ratione possem Tibi gratissimum reddere officium, quae me cumulasti tot tamque splendidis beneficiis.

Accepi nuper stupendam collectionem plantarum non tantum ex Capite Bonae Spei, sed et e Java ac Japonia, quae me mancipabunt per aliquot menses, antequam potero omnes extricare.

Praevideo, quod in Te obtinebit Daniam [sic] brevi lumen fulgentissimum. Fausta anni ingruentis auspicia Tibi exopto! Vale!

Dabam Upsaliae 1764 d[ie] 20 Decembris.

Me doceas oro, quid sperandum sit de Forskåleanis manuscriptis et collectionibus. Num accessere in Daniam? Num brevi publicentur? Utinam non diu laterent et exponerentur ulterius invidis fatis!

Cantharidem lucidam antea habeo, ut et Gryllum istum ex Africa, licet majorem.

Formica omnivora etiam hic nuper observata et copiosissima. Sub initium Augusti examina instituit nebulae instar per aera volitantia, solemque saepe occultantia, e quibus depluunt binae binaeque junctae, miro spectaculo.

Vale!

[address]
a Monsieur
Mons[ieu]r Mart[in] Trane Brunniche
Kopenhafn
frijbr.  

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Morten Thrane BrünnichBrünnich, Morten Thrane
(1737-1827). Danish. Professor of
natural history, Copenhagen. Later
employed by the Danish mining department
in Norway. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for the letter of 25 October 1764 Letter L3460, which he had found very interesting. It was rich in beautiful specimens, with rare insects, well preserved, and the delineations were very clear so that you could easily imagine what they looked like in real life.

Linnaeus will introduce some of them in the new edition of Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
with a reference to Brünnich.

Linnaeus makes some final comments on some of the items. He wonders how he will be able to compensate Brünnich.

Linnaeus has just received a very large collection of plants from the Cape of Good Hope and from Java and Japan, which will keep him busy for several months.

Linnaeus wonders if Brünnich knows anything about Peter Forsskål’sForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeus’s student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
collections and manuscripts, if they have arrived in Denmark and if they will be published soon. They should not remain unavailable for longer than necessary.

Linnaeus has seen large numbers of ants flying like clouds that even hide the sun, and strangely enough the ants fall down from the clouds connected in twos.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (Københavns Universitetsbibliotek).

upEDITIONS

1. “Af Linnés brevvexling” (1871), p. 511-512   p.511  p.512.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 382-383   p.382  p.383.