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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3825 • Johan Ernst Gunnerus to Carl Linnaeus, 8 November 1766 n.s.
Dated d. 8. Nov. 1766. Sent from Trondheim (Norway) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Danish.

upSUMMARY

Through Nicolaus Christian FriisFriis, Nicolaus Christian
(1714-1777). Norwegian. Vicar of
Bodø, Norway, from 1744. Titular
bishop from 1754.
, who is on his way to Copenhagen, Johan Ernst GunnerusGunnerus, Johan Ernst
(1718-1773). Norwegian. Bishop of
Trondheim. Together with Gerhard
Schøning and Peter Friederich
Suhm he founded in 1760 Det Kongelige
Norske Videnskabers Selskab [The Royal
Norwegian Society of Sciences and
Letters]. Author of Flora
Norvegica
(1766-1776). Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
has sent Linnaeus three treatises on 1)Holothurium frondosoum 2)Holothurium tremulum 3)Medusa togata. They are intended to be published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
], if they are found worthy and translated into Swedish [Gunnerus’s treatises were published as, "Beskrifning på trenne Norska sjö-kräk"Gunnerus, Johan Ernst
"Beskrifning på trenne Norska
sjö-kräk, sjö-pungar
kallade (Holothuria frondosa, H.
tremula
)", KVAH, 28
(1767), 114-124.
]. Henrik TonningTonning, Henrik (1732-1796).
Danish. Physician and explorer,
Trondheim. Linnaeus’s student 1766-1768.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
could help Linnaeus, if there are any problems with the language.

Recently Gunnerus has had a letter from Peter Friederich SuhmSuhm, Peter Friederich
(1728-1798). Danish. Historian and
book-collector. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
saying that the parcel which Gunnerus sent Linnaeus with some rare corals and also Gunnerus’s Flora [Gunnerus refers to his, Flora NorvegicaGunnerus, Johan Ernst Flora
Norvegica, observationibus praesertim
aeconomicis panosque Norvegici
iocupletata
(Trondheim &
Copenhagen, 1766-1772), 2 vols.
] are on their way to Stockholm. He therefore hopes that the things have already arrived. He does not want to send his manuscript of the fourth volume of the Skrifter [Gunnerus refers to the publications of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers SelskabDet Kongelige Norske Videnskabers
Selskab, The Royal Norwegian Society of
Sciences and Letters
Norwegian.
Founded in 1760 by Johan Ernst Gunnerus,
Gerhard Schøning Peter Friederich
Suhm as the Trondhiemske Selskab (the
Trondheim Society). It received Royal
affirmation of its statues in 1767 and
became the Kongelige Norske Videnskabers
Selskab (the Royal Norwegian Society of
Sciences and Letters). Its publications
are Det Trondhiemske Selskabs
Skrifter
, 1-3 (1761-1765) and Det
Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs
Skrifter
, 4-5 (1768-1774).
, Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs SkrifterDet Kongelige Norske Videnskabers
Selskab, The Royal Norwegian Society of
Sciences and Letters
Det
Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs
Skrifter
, 4-5 (1768-1774).
] to Copenhagen, until he has received Linnaeus’s opinions regarding some specimens, especially the coral called ”Straa-hatt” in Danish, i.e. Millepora causia. He thanks Linnaeus for the undeserved honour of having a plant named after him in the new edition of Systema naturae [Gunnerus refers to the, Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
].

Gunnerus discusses two illustrations by Hans StrömStröm, Hans (1726-1797).
Norwegian. Clergyman. Professor of
theology. Naturalist and zoologist.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
which Gunnerus believes to be a Cancer. Gunnerus complains about the cost for an assistant and also for his Flora [Norvegica]. Thus far the only reward he has received is to give name to Gunnera, an honour which Linnaeus has bestowed upon him. Gunnerus intends to ask the Government for a contribution. Without means, nothing great can be achieved. Jens Finne BorchgrevinkBorchgrevink, Jens Finne
(1737-1819). Norwegian. Botanist and
clergyman. One of Linnaeus’s private
pupils. Assistant to Johan Ernst
Gunnerus. Son of Leonhard Christian
Borchgrevink. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
deserves Linnaeus’s help. However, Borchgrevink’s father [Leonhard Christian BorchgrevinkBorchgrevink, Leonhard Christian
(1698-1772). Norwegian. Director at
the Röros copper mine, Norway.
Father of Jens Finne Borchgrevink.
] wants him to return home when it is possible to travel. In the fourth volume of the Skrifter, there will be a treatise by Ström on insects [Gunnerus refers to Ström’s, "Beskrivelse over norske insecter"Ström, Hans
"Beskrivelse over norske
insecter", Det Kongelige Norske
Videnskabers Selskabs Skrifter
, 4
(1768), 313-371.
]. In the fifth volume, Ström has promised to publish supplements and emendations to his description of Søndmør [Ström’s comments on his Physisk og oeconomisk Beskrivelse over Fogderict SøndmørStröm, Hans Physisk og
oeconomisk Beskrivelse over Fogderict
Søndmør, beliggendei i
Bengens Stift, i Norge
(Sorø,
1762-1766).
was published in the first volume ofNye Samling af det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs SkrifterDet Kongelige Norske Videnskabers
Selskab, The Royal Norwegian Society of
Sciences and Letters
Nye Samling
af det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers
Selskabs Skrifter
, 1-2 (1784-1788).
, its title was, "Anmaerkningar til Søndmørs beskrivelse"Ström, Hans
"Anmaerkningar til
Søndmørs
beskrivelse", Nye Samling af det
Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs
Skrifter
, 1 (1784), [103]-170.
].

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, VI, 36). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Brevveksling (1976), p. 60-61 .