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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3877 • Johan Gerhard König to Carl Linnaeus, 21 February 1767 n.s.
Dated 21. Febr. 1767.. Sent from København (Denmark) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in German.

Hochwohlgebohrner Herr Ritter,
und Archiater von Linné!

Ich habe Ew. Hochwohlgeb. zweene Schreiben nebst meine Zeichnungen zurück, richtig erhalten, dazu habe auch dass Glück genossen Dero hohen Beyfall über bemeldete Zeichnungen zubekommen, welches mich hinführo aufmuntern wird mit mehr genauen Fleiss bey veränderter Situation meine Untersuchungen anzustellen.

Die Fuci welche ich aus Faerö erwartete, sind was sie in einen Kasten zu frisch verpackt geworden, und die Reise auch langwierig gewesen völlig verfault angekommen, ich habe nichts mehr als nur eine Blase, die Basis von dem Fuco Ceran. Moriss. Hist. 3. sect. 15. Tab. 9. fig. 1 conservirt bekommen, solte ich länger in Europa verbleiben, so will wir Mühe geben so wohl diesen Fucum, als auch andere mehrere dergleichen Ew. Hochwohlgeb. ins künfftige zu verschaffen.

Fast jeden Tag erwarte die feste Bestimmung wohin mich mein Schicksaal hinbringen will, so bald dieses geschickt werde mich die Freyheit nehmen solches, mit mehrerem Sie zu benachrichten.

Ich habe indess die Ehre mit grösster Verehrung zu seyn

Ewer Hochwolgebohrnen
Gehorsamster Diener
J. G. König.

Copenhagen d. 21 Febr. 1767.

upSUMMARY

Johan Gerhard KönigKönig, Johan Gerhard
(1728-1785). Danish. Physician, born in
Polish Livonia. Private pupil of
Linnaeus in 1757. Visited Iceland. Went
to Tranquebar in India, to Thailand and
Ceylon. He died on his way to Tibet.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for two letters [these letters have not come down to us] and for having received his drawings back. He is glad that his material had pleased Linnaeus, and he is grateful for Linnaeus’s comments; they will help him in his future activities.

König had expected specimens of kelp from the Faeroes, and he has received them. However, they were badly packed, and the transport took longer than expected, so they were quite destroyed when König got them. König has managed to preserve only one tiny detail, a bladder from one of the kelps. There is a reference to Robert MorisonMorison, Robert (1620-1683).
British. Botanist and physician.
Physician-in-ordinary to Charles II.
Professor in botany at Oxford.
, ”Hist.” 3, sect. 15. Tab. 9. Fig. 1 [König refers to Plantarum historiae universalis Oxoniensis pars secunda-tertiaMorison, Robert Plantarum
historiae universalis Oxoniensis pars
secunda-tertia, seu Herbarum distributio
nova, per tabulas cognationis et
affinitatis [...] observata &
detecta
(Oxford 1680-1699).
]. If König were to stay in Europe, he would be sure that Linnaeus got specimens of these plants.

Any day, König will know where his employers want to send him and for what purpose. He will write and tell Linnaeus as soon as that happens.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, VIII, 151). [1] [2]