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Link: • Anders Johan von Höpken to Carl Linnaeus, 20 March 1768 n.s.
Dated 20 Martz 1768. Sent from Skänninge (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Anders Johan von HöpkenHöpken, Anders Johan von
(1712-1789). Swedish. Count and
statesman. One of the founders of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.The
Chancellor of the Uppsala University
1760-1764. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
explains that the postal service at his estate delivers only once a week and consequently his replies are delayed longer than he would wish. Linnaeus’s letter of 8 March 1768 [this letter has not come down to us], however, had arrived, for which Höpken was most grateful, particularly as he knows that Linnaeus has so many other things to do. Reading is Höpken’s main occupation, but housekeeping is an essential drudge that he handles with little understanding or knowledge. Nonetheless, Höpken experiences no grief and thanks his Maker for allowing him to avoid the present times and that he had not contributed to them. Höpken admits that it is nasty to speak cruelly about the dead but the list of Peter Julinskiöld’sJulinskiöld, Peter
(1709-1768). Swedish. Treasurer of
Uppsala University. 
debts compared with his assets was insufficient for his creditors. Höpken deplored that they had so little to expect after such a long wait. Linnaeus’s reflection over the reason for his fall was considered by Höpken to be most edifying. Höpken dwells on the subject for a few sentences before moving on to what he has read in the newspapers, namely that Linnaeus’s sexual system has received praise in Berlin, from what Höpken can read in Lärda tidningar and that Johann Christopher GattererGatterer, Johann Christian
(1727-1799). German. Professor of
history, Göttingen.
in Göttingen has also written about Linnaeus’s method in botany. Truth may be suppressed and persecuted for a time but nonetheless re-emerges and becomes established.


a. (LS, VII, 97-98). [1] [2] [3]


1. Riksrådet grefve Anders Johan von Höpkens skrifter (1893), vol. 2, p. 22-23 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 174-175   p.174  p.175.