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Link: • Morten Thrane Brünnich to Carl Linnaeus, 16 February 1765 n.s.
Dated 16 Febr. 1765. Sent from København (Denmark) to Uppsala (Sweden). 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.
sends Linnaeus some descriptions from the new collection of American insects. Since he does not know Linnaeus’s catalogue of the Swedish Queen’s [Lovisa UlrikaLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] museum [Brünnich refers to the Museum s:ae m:tis Ludovicae Ulricae reginaeLinnaeus, Carl Museum s:ae
m:tis Ludovicae Ulricae reginae

(Stockholm 1764). Soulsby no. 1095a.
], he is aware that Linnaeus in fact may know some species already that he considers as new.

Brünnich is considering sending descriptions and pictures of some species to Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.

Brünnich admits that he has found that some of his new species are in fact already published.

The birds that Brünnich had recently described belong to FleischerFleischer, ?. , and he will send them in the spring to Thomas PennantPennant, Thomas (1726-1798).
British. Naturalist, best known for his
works on zoology. Correspondent of
to be engraved in copper. There are no duplicates of these.

Brünnich has received a Curculio anchorago from America. The species had been discussed in the previous letters, and Brünnich earlier had two specimens. Now, he describes how the specimen just received differs from them.

Brünnich has recently seen a fish from Iceland, 2 ells long, resembling Lepturus Artedi.

Niels RybergRyberg, Niels (1725-1804).
Danish. Merchant.
is preparing to establish a museum of American natural objects. He is a wealthy merchant, and he owns much land in America.

Brünnich is going abroad with support from Otto ThottThott, Otto (1703-1785).
Danish. Count, statesman.
this summer to study natural history and economy. He has been invited to follow Pennant to England, which he cannot decline, and from there he plans to go to Uppsala.

Brünnich will soon have his description of the Arabic Cardium ready.


a. (LS, II, 253-256). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


1. “Af Linnés brevvexling” (1871), p. 416-418   p.416  p.417  p.418.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 386-388   p.386  p.387  p.388.