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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Bengt Bergius, 27 December 1765 n.s.
Dated 1765 d. 27 Decembr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus again expresses very many thanks for the care Bengt BergiusBergius, Bengt (1723-1784).
Swedish. Historian and naturalist. Known
for his copies of Swedish scientific
correspondences and sources, now in the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,
Stockholm. Linnaeus’s student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has taken in preparing the Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
. As Linnaeus is convinced that there will never be a more accurate version, it ought to be called the “Bergii edition”.

Linnaeus has two corrections to make with an addition of intricate explanations.

The catalogue of Henric Bernhard Oldenland’sOldenland, Henric Bernhard
(1663-1697). German. Botanist.
Travelled to South Africa with the Dutch
Cape Colony, where he participated in an
exploratory expedition and became land
surveyor and curator of the
Company´s Garden in Cape Town. His
uncompleted herbarium and catalogue of
the local flora was later used by, among
others, Johannes Burman.
African plants [Linnaeus refers to Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Thesaurus ZeylanicusBurman, Johannes Thesaurus
Zeylanicus, exhibens plantas in insula
Zeylana nascentes [...] Cura &
studio Joannis Burmanni
, where Oldenland’s work , Catalogi duo plantarum AfricanarumOldenland, Henric Bernhard
Catalogi duo plantarum Africanarum,
quorum prior complecticur plantas ab
Hermanno observatas, posterior vero quas
Oldelandus et Hartogius indagarunt

is published as an appendix], and the descriptions of these are published. [It is unclear which work Lnnaeus is referrring to, in vol. III of John RayRay, John (1627-1705).
British. Naturalist and clergyman. One
of the most influential botanists before
, Historia plantarumRay, John Historia plantarum;
species hactenus editas aliasque insuper
multas noviter inventas & descriptas
complectens. In qua agitur primo de
plantis in genere, earumque partibus,
accidentibus & differentiis; deinde
genera omnia tum summa tum subalterna ad
species usque infimas, notis suis certis
& characteristicis definita, methodo
naturae vestigiis insistente
, I-III (London
, there is no list of African plants].

He finally thanks for the loan of Griffith Hughes’sHughes, Griffith British. work [Natural history of BarbadoesHughes, Griffith The Natural
history of Barbadoes
(London, 1750)
], and promises to send the herbs as soon as possible.


a. contemporary copy (KVA, Bergius, XI, 241).


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 118-119   p.118  p.119.