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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Beckman, 27 August 1766 n.s.
Dated 1766 d. 27 Augusti. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus tells 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.
that there had been a rumour in Uppsala just after Beckman had left, saying that Beckman had been offered a professorship in St. Petersburg and accepted it. That was why Linnaeus had not written to Otto von MünchhausenMünchhausen, Otto von
(1716-1774). German. Chancellor of
Göttingen University. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
, but he would do so very soon. Linnaeus has just returned from Drottningholm, where he has been arranging the Queenís [Lovisa Ulrika Lovisa 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.
] collection of shells and insects.

Linnaeus knows the shell with a crab in it, and the long quill.

The bird is published in the new edition of Systema naturae, 12th edition Linnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
, the first part of which has just been finished.

Linnaeus is displeased with the way the Danes are handling the material that has been brought there from Pehr ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeusís student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and the others in Arabia.

The discovery connected with the Echinitis is dismissed by Linnaeus as something very natural.

The dogfish is in Linnaeusís new edition [of Systema naturae], but Linnaeus cannot explain the variations described by Beckman.

That worms can make holes in pearl-of-mother is no stranger than that they can make holes in all sorts of limestone under water.


a. original ().


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 260-261   p.260  p.261.