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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3786 • Carl Linnaeus to Johannes Beckman, 27 August 1766 n.s.
Dated 1766 d. 27 Augusti. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.

Viro Clarissimo,
D[omi]no JO[HANNI] BECKMANNO,
Amico candidissimo,
s[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linné.

Vix Holmiam attigeras, antequam hic in omnium ore erat, quod munus Professoris Botanices in Academia Petropolitana Tibi oblatum fuerat, et quod hoc laeto animo suscepisti, qua in re eo citius confirmabar, cum per omne tempus, quo hic eras, idem fore speraveram. Haec in causa fuit, quod non miseram literas ad Illustr[issimum] Munchhausium. Faciam, prout jubes, quam primum. Hodie redii ex aula Drotningholmae, ubi per mensem haesi ulterius in ordinem redigens conchilia et Insecta Reginae.

Cancrum in spongia optime novi, diversissimum a meo cucullo haemisphaerico.

Penna ista Olearii est omnino mea. Phasianus, qui eam gerit, est in meo Systemate novo, cujus Tomi primi pars prior iam prodiit, descriptus. Edward totam avem pulcherrime delineavit in nondum editis.

Anne Carduus tuus pulcherrimus sit vel Merina vel, ut verosimilius videtur, Gundelia cum capitulo oblongo foliis dentatis cincto.

Didelphidis characterem satis constare ex dentibus in systemate datis liquet. Speciem africanam habeo, cui mamae extra abdomen.

Dolendum, quod ita frivole tractent Haffnienses Forskahliana illustri Michelio.

Dicant quidquicl velint Angli de Lapidibus judaicis, certum erit, quod haec petrificata orta sint e corpore cavo, cum tota constent spatho, quod numquam nisi crystallisando in corpore cavo generatur; plures fuere in eadem opinione, quod ex articulis Echini essent petrificata.

Squalum edentulum videbis in systemate meo novo; quid vesica illa erat non intelligo. Habeo Squalos in utero suo haerentes, sed uterus est simile utero Rajae.

Pholades posse penetrare testam matricis Perlarum non magis mirum, quam quod penetrant Lapides alios calcareos.

Vale Upsaliae 1766 d[ie] 27 Augusti.

Mutavi sententiam et mox Munchhausio scribo. Mittas literas vel eum cum literis adeas.

upSUMMARY

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
naturae
, 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.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original ().

upEDITIONS

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