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Link: • 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.


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
, 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.


a. original holograph (Københavns Universitetsbibliotek).


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.