Linnaeus writes to Carl Fredrik MennanderMennander, Carl Fredrik
(1712-1786). Swedish. Archbishop and
scientist. As bishop of Åbo he
promoted science. A new chair in
chemistry, a laboratory, a botanical
garden were founded at his initiative. A
close friend of Linnaeus. Husband of
Ulrica Mennander and Johanna Magdalena
Mennander. Father of Carl Fredric
Fredenheim. Correspondent of Linnaeus. to tell him that he has heard from Jonas MeldercreutzMeldercreutz, Jonas
(1715-1785). Swedish. Professor of
mathematics, Uppsala. that Mennander is unable to visit him because of his duties at the Secret Committee [Sekreta UtskottetSekreta Utskottet, Swedish.
Committee of the Swedish parliament,
where foreign policy was discussed. ] unless the Parliament’s session is prolonged. Linnaeus is very disappointed as he had been so much looking forward to meet Mennander. He was almost pleased that the Parliament’s session did not leave Norrköping before Whitsuntide [the Parliament’s session took place in Norrköping in April 1769]. Linnaeus writes that he hopes to end his life in the beautiful springtime that is the time of his birth as well.
He spends the winter in town, cold and without his beloved collections. Linnaeus writes that he keeps all his collections at his country estate [Hammarby] and that he had hoped to show them all to Mennander during the much longed for visit in the springtime. At Hammarby he keeps his [dried] plants, his conchylia, his insects, his corals and his minerals.