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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Johan Andreas Murray, 25 October 1765 n.s.
Dated 1765 d 25 octob. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Göttingen (Germany). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus writes to Johan Andreas MurrayMurray, Johan Andreas
(1740-1791). Swedish. Professor of
medicine and botany, Göttingen. Son
of Andreas Murray and brother of Adolph
Murray and Gustaf Murray. Half-brother
of Johann Philipp Murray. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
to thank him for his letter of 3 October [1765]Letter L3668.

Linnaeus writes that he has found enough Taenia hydatigena by following Murray’s instructions and that he has been able to study the worm in opened animals. Linnaeus asks Murray if he knows about anyone who has seen the worm move. He wonders if anyone of Murray’s authors [on this subject] has observed anything. Before Linnaeus has been convinced of that, he can’t decide whether this is an animal.

As Murray has listed names of authors, who have written about this subject, Linnaeus asks of him to send him information on the titles of these works, including page numbers.

Linnaeus writes that he is devastated by the news of Forskåhl’s [Peter Forsskål] death in Arabia. Linnaeus asks Murray in his turn to greet and also ask Johann David MichaelisMichaëlis, Johann David
(1717-1791). German. Professor of
Oriental languages, Göttingen.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
about how the specimens Forsskål sent to Denmark, preserved in wine, are kept. Linnaeus writes that he has heard that they are kept carelessly by Peder AscaniusAscanius, Peder (1723-1803).
Danish. Naturalist. Inspector of mines,
Norway. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Linnaeus also asks Murray to tell Michaelis that when Forsskål’s manuscripts arrive, and if he has written anything in cipher Linnaeus might be the only one able to read it as Forsskål has already written to Linnaeus in cipher and has told Linnaeus that he intended to write a lot during his journey. Linnaeus writes that at death’s door the deceased Nils WalleriusWallerius, Nils (1706-1764).
Swedish. Professor, Uppsala, Wolffian
had wanted to write some dissertations against him in theological matters, but he had been prevented from doing so by the formerly Chancellor, Anders Johan von HöpkenHöpken, Anders Johan von
(1712-1789). Swedish. Count and
statesman. One of the founders of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.The
Chancellor of the Uppsala University
1760-1764. Correspondent of Linnaeus.

Linnaeus writes that he is amused by Michel Adanson’sAdanson, Michel (1727-1806).
French. Botanist. Travelled in Senegal.
An opponent of Linnaeus. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
abuse and that he has heard from Paris that everyone is smiling at Adanson’s book and that it does not sell [Linnaeus refers presumably to Familles des plantesAdanson, Michel Familles des
, 2 vol. (Paris, 1763).
]. Linnaeus has never seen a more unnatural method than the natural method Adanson enunciates. If one takes away what Adanson has stolen from Linnaeus, not much will be left.

Linnaeus writes that Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von CrantzCrantz, Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von
(1722-1799). Austrian. Naturalist
and physician. Professor in obstetrics
in 1754, Vienna.
has abused him in “Flora austriaca” [Linnaeus refers to the Stirpium AustriacarumCrantz, Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von
Stirpium Austriacarum pars I
[II]. Continens fasciculos tres cum
figuris aeneis. Editio altera aucta

([Vienna] 1769).
, where the first fascicle was published in 1762]. Linnaeus has read the book attentively, but after sorting out all the absue Crantz says about him, has found no botanical observation. He finds Crantz’s method confusing, he mixes things up etc. Linnaeus has found that Crantz has used fragments of Linnaeus’s method, mostly from the last edition of Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio sexta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1764).
Soulsby no. 305.
, but he has mixed up facts there too. He seems to be a miserable kind of person.

Linnaeus gives some information about plants in the Uppsala University Botanical Garden, what has grown or not.

Linnaeus has been informed that Albrecht von HallerHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
would return to Göttingen, and he asks whether he is already there, or if Murray knows when he is coming.


a. original holograph (UUB, G152, 11-12). [1] [2] [3] [4]