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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Bengt Bergius, 24 December 1765 n.s.
Dated 24 Decembr. 1765. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


The letter begins by Linnaeus thanking 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. Linnaeusís student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for the trouble with the Systema naturae.

The letter is a mixture of trifles concerning the plants Linnaeus has promised and already prepared for Bergius, and the correction of proof errors in the coming edition of the Systema naturae, 12th edition Linnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.

The title of Maarten HouttuynísHouttuyn, Maarten (1720-1798).
Dutch. Physician and naturalist.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
work is Natuurlyke historieHouttuyn, Maarten Natuurlyke
historie oft uitvoerige beschryving der
Dieren, Planten en Mineraalen, volgens
het samenstel van [... ]Linnaeus
3 vol. (Amsterdam 1761-1785) . Soulsby
no. 73.
. Linnaeus has three tomes, but more than that are said to be published already.

Linnaeus wants to know if Bergius is interested predominantly in plants from the Cape of Good Hope. If he wants these, there will not be so many.

The title of the first volume of Thomas PennantísPennant, Thomas (1726-1798).
British. Naturalist, best known for his
works on zoology. Correspondent of
work is Zoologia Britannica [The British zoologyPennant, Thomas The British
, 4 vols. (London,
]. Linnaeus has only received the tables, as the work was not published a year ago, when it was sent to him. The illustrations of the birds are very good.

Linnaeus has not seen Griffith HughesísHughes, Griffith British. work on Barbados [The Natural history of BarbadoesHughes, Griffith The Natural
history of Barbadoes
(London, 1750)
], and wants to know if there are many illustrations, and also whether he has much on fish, as well as on insects, eels and worms.

Linnaeus wants to know if Bergius is content with other plants than the ones from the Cape of Good Hope. In the last letter from Bergius [this letter has not come down to us] it said rare plants, preferably from the Cape.

Linnaeus forwards his greetings to Professor Bergius [Peter Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeusís student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] and wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


a. contemporary copy (KVA, Bergius, XI, 240).


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 117-118   p.117  p.118.