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Link: • Johannes Beckman to Carl Linnaeus, 1 July 1765 n.s.
Dated 1. Jul. 1765. Sent from St Petersburg (Russia) to (). Written in Latin.


Johannes BeckmanBeckman, Johannes (1739-1811).
German. Professor of economy,
Göttingen. After a two-year stay in
St Petersburg, he travelled in Sweden
and Denmark in 1765-1766. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
tells Linnaeus that he has studied Linnaeusís works very carefully from the very start of his studies of natural history, so that he considers Linnaeus to be his teacher. Beckman has become more and more keen to visit him.

Beckman had been called from Germany by Anton Friedrich BüschingBüsching, Anton Friedrich
(1724-1793). German. Professor,
Göttingen, preacher at the Lutheran
congregation at St. Petersburg.
to a position as teacher in St. Petersburg, and one of his reasons of accepting was that he might get better opportunities to visit Linnaeus. Now, after two years, he has saved enough money to stay a year in Uppsala.

Accordingly, Beckman tells Linnaeus that he will leave St. Petersburg in two or three weeks and travel to Uppsala, where he will introduce himself to Linnaeus. He is confident that Linnaeus will not refuse to see him.

Beckman does not bring any letters of introduction from learned men, since he believes that his interest in natural history will be enough of an introduction.

Beckman promises to be a diligent and industrious pupil, so that he lives up to the favours that Linnaeus pays him, and he will be eternally grateful to Linnaeus.


a. (LS, I, 487-488). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 255-256   p.255  p.256.