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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4191 • Carl Linnaeus to Georg Dionysius Ehret, March 1769 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to London (Great Britain). Written in Latin.

Antiquissimo suo Amico
D[omino] G[eorgio] D[ionysio] Ehret
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linné

Datas a te, Vir amicissime, literas d[ie] 18 februarii hodie accepi et grates pro his reddo maximas[2] ; laetor quod vivas, vigeas et valeas. Pulcherrime delineasti novam Theobromam, quae etiamnum in nostro hortoLinnéträdgården,
Swedish. The Uppsala University
Botanical Garden was founded by Olof
Rudbeck the Elder in 1655.
virescit ut ut fructus apud nos non maturuerit, certus tamen sum quod sit genuina species quaedam Therobromatis. Accepi egregias tuas figuras et Amsoniae et Ellisiae eosque mox tradidi Societati Scientiarum UpsaliensiKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala,
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
, inserendas ejus actis.[3]

Habui praeterito anno Calceolarium Fewill florentem in horto, sed semina vix maturabat, optassem tum tuam opem in depingendo plantam pulcherrimam, male a Fewilleo delineatam, sed nullus erat mihi pictor.

Si Loosa mea (Ortiga Fewill) ullibi occurrat in hortis Anglorum, oro rogoque mihi compares aliquot ejus semina, reddam pro iis sanctissime Ducatum aureum, modo semina recentissima mittas.

Spigelia anthelmia est certo in Hortis Anglorum, vellem etiam honestissime dare pro aliquot ejus semina quodquod peteres; vidi Spigeliam marilandam a Te egregie delineatam, et accepi picturam pulcherrimae plantae una cum specimine sicco sed plantam vivam numquam vidi.

Salutes quaeso meis verbis omnes Botanicos Londinenses, opto ut cum iis diu valeas.

[address] To Mr. G. D. Ehret / in Park Street near Brook Street Grosvenor / Square / London

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Georg Dionysios Ehret for a letter dated 18 February 1769 n.s. He compliments Ehret on his illustration of Theobroma. Linnaeus has also received Ehret’s pictures of Amsonia and Ellisia, which he has forwarded to the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala to be inserted in their Acta.

The previous year Linnaeus had a Calceolarius Fewill flowering in the Uppsala University Botanical Garden, but the seeds would not mature. Then Linnaeus would have needed Ehret’s assistance in depicting this beautiful flower, badly illustrated by Fewill, but no artist was available. If Loosa (Ortiga Fewill) is to be found in English gardens, Linnaeus would very much like to have good new seeds. Linnaeus is also interested in getting seeds from Spigelia anthelmia and is willing to pay any price for them.

Linnaeus has seen Spigelia marilanda, wonderfully depicted by Ehret, and has got a picture of it together with a dried plant, but he has never seen a live plant.

Linnaeus includes all London botanists in his greetings.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, B. Linnaeus. Ms. Letters to D. Ehret, I.B=Supplements.). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. “Short memoir of George Dionysius Ehret” (1886), p. 50-51 .

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
The letter has no date, signature or place-name.
2.
See Georg Dionysios Ehret to Linnaeus, 2 April 1762 n.s.Letter L3064 and 18 February 1769 n.s.Letter L4185.
3.