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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3988 • Carl Linnaeus to Daniel Tilas, 24 November 1767 n.s.
Dated 1767 Novemb 24. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

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Daniel TilasTilas, Daniel (1712-1772).
Swedish. Nobleman. Mineralogist,
official heraldist, genealogist.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has asked Linnaeus for some specific information which Linnaeus gives, as far as he has understood the issues.

Linnaeus comes from humble origins and he cannot boast of the merits of his ancestors. But when he considers the common origin of all mankind he agrees, in PlinyísPliny the Elder, Gaius (23-79).
?. Naturalist and natural philosopher.
Author of Historia naturalis (c.
77), the most important Roman text on
botany.
words, that it is a nuisance to consider how little the origin of the proudest animal is worth.

Linnaeus has often wondered why mankind does not consider the family on the motherís side, when the descent is assessed. The brain, the most important part and the seat of mental ability, comes from the mother, as the body comes from the father. It is impossible to deny this, if you may make a joke about serious matters.

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a. original holograph (KB, Autograph Collection). [1] [2]