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Link: • Anders Johan von Höpken to Carl Linnaeus, 10 January 1768 n.s.
Dated 10 Jan: 1768. Sent from Skänninge (Sweden) to ? (). Written in Swedish.


Receiving letters and news from Linnaeus is an enjoyable Christmas present and New Year’s gift, writes Anders Johan von HöpkenHöpken, Anders Johan von
(1712-1789). Swedish. Count and
statesman. One of the founders of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.The
Chancellor of the Uppsala University
1760-1764. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. It pleases him to note that Linnaeus is still maintaining their old friendship.

Höpken reflects on the advancement of the sciences, fearing that some of them should be given little encouragement in the future, whereas church history [Höpken refers to the professorship founded by Andreas KalseniusKalsenius, Andreas Swedish. ], logics, metaphysics etc., will certainly make progress. Hopefully, he says with a certain amount of irony, Aristotle will regain his former position, and all the new observations within the field of natural history will be connected with the decree against luxuriance. Höpken asserts that it is easier to destroy than to create.

A short while previously, Höpken had been visiting Linköping, where his doctor, Johan Otto HagströmHagström, Johan Otto
(1716-1792). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Linnaeus’s student. Linnaeus
wrote the introduction to his Pan
(1768), on bee-pollinated
flowers. He was one of the tutors of
Carl Linnaeus the Younger. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
, had shown him a new edition of Genera plantarum [Höpken refers to Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio sexta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1764).
Soulsby no. 305.
], which Linnaeus had dedicated to him. Until then he had had no knowledge of it and expresses his dutiful gratitude.


a. (LS, VII, 91-92). [1] [2] [3]


1. Riksrådet grefve Anders Johan von Höpkens skrifter (1893), vol. 2, p. 19-20 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 171-172   p.171  p.172.