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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Johan Otto Hagström, 9 December 1768 n.s.
Dated 1768 d. 9 December. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Linköping (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


“Goodness me”, exclaims Linnaeus, enquiring why Johan Otto HagströmHagström, Johan Otto
(1716-1792). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Linnaeus’s student. Linnaeus
wrote the introduction to his Pan
(1768), on bee-pollinated
flowers. He was one of the tutors of
Carl Linnaeus the Younger. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
should send him lecture fees; instead it is Linnaeus who should pay Hagström since it is he who now learns from Hagström’s lectures and not vice versa. That Linnaeus takes fees from students is one thing, as it is his means of livelihood. Linnaeus entreats Hagström to tell him the title of a book he can buy for him, so that the money does not burn into his breast.

Draba verna and Thymus serpyllum are correct.

Linnaeus tells Hagström that his late father [Nils Ingemarsson LinnaeusLinnaeus, Nils Ingemarsson
(1674-1748). Swedish. Vicar of
Stenbrohult, Småland. Linnaeus’s
father. Married to Christina Brodersonia
] took seeds from Serpyllo, Echio and Verbasco nigro and sowed them at Stenbrohult for his bees, where they grew well and the bees collected from them throughout the day, as Linnaeus had been told.

The Pan apumHagström, Johan Otto Pan
apum, eller afhandling om de örter,
af hvilka bien hälst draga deras
honung och vax; ingifven til K.
Vetenskaps academien, såsom svar
på dess fråga,
(Stockholm, 1768)
], must out in the whole world, writes Linnaeus. It will become Hagström’s mausoleum that will last longer than the pyramids in Egypt.

Anthenis nobilis is the correct Chamomilla romana. Linnaeus considers it strange that Lappula can outcompete Marrubium. Mus musculus is also causing problems for Linnaeus at his country estate and he knows not what to do. Linnaeus will send Hagström more seeds at a later date.


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 281   p.281.