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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3885 • Carl Linnaeus to Johan Ernst Gunnerus, 29 March 1767 n.s.
Dated 1767 d. 29 Martii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Trondheim (Norway). Written in Swedish.

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The branchlet that 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 belongs to Flustra pilosa.

Linnaeus would not have sent the enclosed work [Linnaeus refers to, Dissertatio academica mundum invisibilem breviter delineaturaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
academica mundum invisibilem breviter
delineatura
, diss., resp. J. C. Roos
(Uppsala, 1767). Soulsby no. 2348.
] with the postal service, if Henrik TonningTonning, Henrik (1732-1796).
Danish. Physician and explorer,
Trondheim. Linnaeus’s student 1766-1768.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had not asked him, since the work costs one ”plåt” [two Daler silver], which is more than it is worth.

Linnaeus will send the last part of ”Animalium systemate” as soon as possible. [Linnaeus means the first part, “Regnum animale”, of the Systema naturae, 12th, editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
; obviously Linnaeus sent parts of the “Regnum animale”, as the pages were delivered from the printer].

Linnaeus wishes that he had been able to follow Gunnerus on his tours of visitation to Finnmarken and see the small animals in the lithophytes and zoophytes. Linnaeus asks Gunnerus to examine whether the live Spongiae can take up and press out water in the same way as the lung does with water.

P.S. 1. [dated 29 March] Linnaeus will celebrate the inauguration of the Society in his own simple way [Linnaeus refers to to the fact that Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskab, The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and LettersDet 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).
] received Royal affirmation of its statues in 1767].

P.S. 2. Tonning is staying with Linnaeus. He studies anatomy keenly. Linnaeus sends his regards to 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.
, should he have arrived home. Linnaeus’s wife [Sara Elisabet MoraeaMoraea, Sara Elisabet
(1716-1806). Swedish. Linnaeus’s wife.
Daughter of Johan Moraeus and Elisabet
Hansdotter Moraea. Mother of Carl
Linnaeus the Younger and of Elisabeth
Christina, Louisa, Sara Christina and
Sophia Linnaea.
] awaits an answer from Borchgrevink regarding the horses.

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a. original holograph (Norges teknisk-naturvetenskapliga universitetsbiblioteket, Trondheim, Priv. arch. 277. Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs Arkiv ).

upEDITIONS

1. Biskop Gunnerus' virksomhed fornemmelig som botaniker (1903), vol. IV, p. 69 .
2. Brevveksling (1976), p. 74 .