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Link: • Johan Ernst Gunnerus to Carl Linnaeus, 4 May 1767 n.s.
Dated d. 4. Maji, 1767. Sent from Trondheim (Norway) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Danish.


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
(1766-1776). Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for a letter [presumably, Linnaeus to Gunnerus, 29 March 1767Letter L3885] and his dissertation, ”De mundo invisibili” [Dissertatio academica mundum invisibilem breviter delineaturaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
academica mundum invisibilem breviter
, diss., resp. J. C. Roos
(Uppsala, 1767). Soulsby no. 2348.
]. Its contents will set everyone interested in work to make observations.

Gunnerus would have been happy if he could have had Linnaeus with him during the journey to the northern parts which he has embarked on that day. However, he will tell Linnaeus everything when he returns home. It would have been a great help if he had had Linnaeus’s new Systema regarding the worms with him [Gunnerus refers to the the first part, “Regnum animale”, of the Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
; obviously Linnaeus sent parts of the “Regnum animale”, as the pages were delivered from the printer]. However, he hopes to receive it when he returns home in September. 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.
, has told Gunnerus that he has already written to Linnaeus and given an answer regarding the horses. Borchgrevink has been very ill for some time; he now suffers from fit of ague. All the same he wants to be with Gunnerus. In the evening or the following day Gunnerus awaits Borchgrevink at Stadsböjden, which is two Norwegian sea-miles from Trondheim. Gunnerus will enjoy his company.

Gunnerus will examine the Spongiae when there is a possibility.

P.S. Borchgrevink arrived in the evening. He had suffered from ague fits during the journey. He suffers from these fits every day. All the same he had collected shells along the shore.


a. (LS, VI, 41-42). [1] [2] [3]


1. Brevveksling (1976), p. 75-76 .