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Link: • Claes Ekeblad to Carl Linnaeus, 28 February 1765 n.s.
Dated 28 Febr. 1765. Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Claes EkebladEkeblad, Claes (1708-1771).
Swedish. Count, councillor, chancellor
of Åbo University. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
goes straight to the point, telling Linnaeus that the Princesse de Lorraine Marsan of FranceLorraine Marsan, French.
Princess de Marsan, wife of Camille
Louis de Lorraine Marsan.
, a known and famous benefactor of the arts and sciences, who has one of the most beautiful and complete gardens, situated close to Versailles, and who constantly tries to increase her plantations with foreign collections, also wishes to include numerous Nordic plants, and therefore, through a friend, has asked Ekeblad to acquire some branches of a particular species of willow named in the enclosed Pro Memoria (fol. 34), which Ekeblad himself had copied.

Although Ekeblad would willingly do this himself, he is worried about doing it correctly and therefore asks whether Linnaeus could send him suitable branches of the mentioned species packaged in the manner the Princess describes.

Ekeblad also requests Linnaeus to prepare an accompanying description in Latin, signed by Linnaeus, of how the plants should be planted and cared for, together with anything else that Linnaeus might like to add so that the foreigners can see that also Swedes have the confidence in Linnaeus that he has become worthy of throughout Europe.


a. (LS, IV, 32-34). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 21   p.21.