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Link: • Morten Thrane Brünnich to Carl Linnaeus, 3 January 1765 n.s.
Dated 3 Januarii 1765. Sent from København (Denmark) to (). Written in Latin.


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.
has received Linnaeus’s letter [Linnaeus to Brünnich, 20 December 1764Letter L3494] and thanks him very much for it. He has not been the pupil of such a great teacher before. He adds his wishes for a happy New Year.

Brünnich has forwarded Lorenz Spengler’sSpengler, Lorenz (1720-1807).
Swiss. Swiss-born zoologist, who moved
to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1743.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letter to him [presumably Spengler to Linnaeus, 1 December 1764 Letter L3506 ] and returns thanks to Linnaeus.

Brünnich answers some of Linnaeus’s questions on the specimens sent. They concern a weevil and a mollusc sent by Spengler.

Brünnich congratulates Linnaeus on the collections that Linnaeus had reported on in his previous letter.

The results of the group to which Peter ForsskålForsskål, 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.
belonged are still uncertain. Some specimens had arrived from countries around the Mediterranean, including Egypt, and they had been left to Peder Ascanius. They had been in bad shape; the preserving liquid had evaporated, so that there was a risk that they would be completely destroyed. Pirates had taken one of the sendings of boxes. The rest of the material is still with Carsten NiebuhrNiebuhr, Carsten (1733-1815).
Danish. Explorer of Arabia. In 1761 he
visited Egypt and the Arabian peninsula.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Bombay, from where the latest report, that of Christian Carl Kramer’sKramer, Christian Carl Danish.
Physician.Joined a Danish expedition to
Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
death, had arrived.

Brünnich admits that he omits some information about the group, not related to natural history.

Brünnich describes one item from these collections, a cardium, a mollusc from Arabia.

Brünnich has also seen huge clouds of flying ants. He does not have time to write much more, but he says that he expects to be able to see a newly arrived collection of American insects, owned by a merchant in Copenhagen. He will try to inform Linnaeus about the new species that he discovers there.

Brünnich sends Linnaeus four specimens of insects from his own collection, with short presentations.

Johan Gerhard KönigKönig, Johan Gerhard
(1728-1785). Danish. Physician, born in
Polish Livonia. Private pupil of
Linnaeus in 1757. Visited Iceland. Went
to Tranquebar in India, to Thailand and
Ceylon. He died on his way to Tibet.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has gone to Iceland to study its botany and other things. He has already sent specimens of minerals. – The shells from Norwegian waters, that Brünnich had described, had been sent to him by Hans StrömStröm, Hans (1726-1797).
Norwegian. Clergyman. Professor of
theology. Naturalist and zoologist.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Brünnich asks Linnaeus to excuse any mistakes in the descriptions.


a. (LS, II, 251-252). [1] [2] [3]


1. “Af Linnés brevvexling” (1871), p. 413-415   p.413  p.414  p.415.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 384-386   p.384  p.385  p.386.