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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3499 • Claes Grill to Carl Linnaeus, 17 December 1764 n.s.
Dated 17 Decemr 1764. Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.

Wälborne Herr Archiator, samt Riddare af Kongl[ig] May[estä]ts Nord Stiern Orden.

Efter den uti Herr Archiatoren och Riddarens ährade under den 12 i denne Månad, som den 15:e hafwer fåt gifne underrettelse och beskrifning om de så kallade Triglodyter, har Directionen af OstIndiska Compagniet herstedes, till Direction uti Giötheborg skrifwit at gifwa Super Cargverne på de uthgående OstIndiska Skieppen de nödiga Ordres och Instruction till desse Creaturs skaffande om någen möyelighet dertill gifwes och de äro at kunna fås för goda Ord och Pengar, så är det Directions skyldighet, at i följe af Hennes Kongl[iga] May[estä]ts nådige befalning, dem i underdånighet at skaffa dock om de ey finnes, i Canton eller de Orter, warthen wåre OstIndiske Skiep går, så måste de ifrån de Orter först till Canton förskrifwas warest de finnas, och då förmenar Herr Michel Grubb, at ey för om tre Åhr kunna till Europa komma, dock alt wadh möyeligit är, skall uti wercket stellas at dem kunna ernå.

Jag är med serdeles Högachtning
Wälborne Herr Archiatoren och
Riddarens
Ödmiucke Tienare
Claes Grill,

Stockholm
d[en] 17 Decem[be]r 1764

För de tilbudne 200 tunnor Spanmåhl at till mina Bruck få kiöpa, är jag förbunden, men beklagar det jag redan hafwer låfwat at emot taga så mycket, som desamma tiil nesta Åhr kunna behöfwa, så at denne gången mig ey uti någen Handel kan inlåta.

upSUMMARY

With regard to Linnaeusís query of December 12th, received on December 15th [this letter has not come down to us], together with the description of the so-called Troglodytes, Claes GrillGrill, Claes (1705-1767).
Swedish. Merchant, owner of the iron
works of Söderfors, Österby
and Iggesund. Director of the Swedish
East India Company. Also known as an art
collector and patron of arts and
sciences. Brother of Anthoni Grill and
Johan Abraham Grill. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
writes that the Directors of the East India Company in Stockholm had written to the Directors in Gothenburg to give the supercargo on the outgoing East India vessels the necessary instructions as to the acquiring of these creatures if the opportunity arose, and that it was the obligation of the Directors, as demanded by the King [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], to acquire them. However, if they were not to be found in Canton or at the places visited by the East India vessels then they must find out in Canton where they can be found and sail to those places, and in such a situation it is the opinion of Michaël GrubbGrubb, Matthias (1728-1808).
Swedish. Director of the Swedish East
India Company. Spent six years in China,
and founded a trading house in
Kanton.
that they could arrive in Europe within three years.

P.S. Grill thanks Linnaeus for the offer of 200 barrels of grain, but he regrets that he has already bought as much as he required for the following year and consequently declines the offer.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 316-317). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 225-226   p.225  p.226.