Carl Linnaeus to Johan Ernst Gunnerus,
20 January 1768 n.s.
L4022. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Johan Ernst GunnerusJohan Ernst Gunnerus (1718-1773).
In the autumn Linnaeus had hoped to hear that Johan Ernst GunnerusGunnerus, Johan Ernst
Linnaeus wonders whether Gunnerus has received the sheets he sent him of the ”System” [Linnaeus means Systema naturae, 12th, editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
Linnaeus also enquires whether Jens Finne BorchgrevinkBorchgrevink, Jens Finne
Linnaeus hopes soon to hear about Gunnerus’s discoveries. Linnaeus himself is confined to his museum and cannot roam about in nature.
Linnaeus asks whether Gunnerus has seen that the flowers of Carduus, Centaurea, etc., draw together when they are touched.
Linnaeus wonders whether Gunnerus has seen the small black Fasciolae that live in the streams of the Alps. They most certainly can also be found in the streams of Norway. They cause the horrid heartburn or spasmodic colic among the Laps, which has recently been described in the Acta Taurinensia [Mélanges de philosophie et de mathématique de la Société Royale de Turin; Linnaeus refers to Giovanni Pietro Maria Dana’sDana, Giovanni Pietro Maria
Linnaeus wonders whether the fourth part of the ”Acta” [publications of The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters , Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers SelskabDet Kongelige Norske Videnskabers
The second part containing the plants of Linnaeus’s Systema naturae has been published. Linnaeus has asked Tonning to forward it to Gunnerus. Linnaeus is now writing the third part on the stones[Linnaeus refers to the second and third volumes, ”Regnum Vegetabile” and ”Regnum Lapideum” of the 12th edition, published in 1767 and 1768].
For some time Linnaeus has received nothing new from his friends abroad.
Linnaeus sends his regards to Borchgrevink.
a. original holograph (Norges teknisk-naturvetenskapliga universitetsbiblioteket, Trondheim, Priv. arch. 277. Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs Arkiv ).
1. Biskop Gunnerus' virksomhed fornemmelig som botaniker (1903), vol. IV