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Link: • Johannes Beckman to Carl Linnaeus, 5 June 1769 n.s.
Dated 1769. d. 5 Jun.. Sent from GŲttingen (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Johannes BeckmanBeckman, Johannes (1739-1811).
German. Professor of economy,
Göttingen. After a two-year stay in
St Petersburg, he travelled in Sweden
and Denmark in 1765-1766. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
admits that he very seldom writes to Linnaeus, but he remembers Linnaeus very well and he states his gratitude to Linnaeus every day in his work as a professor and scholar. However, he has no time for proper investigations, so he hesitates to write to Linnaeus without having anything interesting to report. He has become full professor of economy, and he has to work hard to fulfil that task. He teaches for five hours every day, natural history, mathematics, physics and economy.

Beckman sends Linnaeus a short compendium in economy [Anfangsgründe der NaturhistorieBeckman, Johannes
Anfangsgründe der
(Göttingen &
Bremen, 1767).
], meant for a broader public, and he hopes to be able to send in a few weeks a copy of an edition of Erik LaxmannísLaxman, Erik (1738-1796).
Swedish. Lutheran pastor at the
Kolyvanian mines and ironworks in
Siberia. Professor and councellor of the
Russian Board of Mines, St Peterburg.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letters from Siberia that he has made together with August Ludwig von SchlözerSchlözer, August Ludwig von
(1735-1809). German. Historian,
professor in Göttingen.
who once was a colleague of his in St. Petersburg but now is in Göttingen [Erich Laxmannís Sibirische Briefe{bib-Laxman_1769_SB].

Beckman is very pleased with the new edition of Systema naturae, which he introduces every year to an increasing number of students [Beckman means, Systema naturae, 12th edition Linnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.

Beckman will send Linnaeus some intestinal worms discovered by Johann Georg Roederer Roederer, Johann Georg
(1726-1763). French. Obstetrician,
professor of medicine at Göttingen.
, and he cites works where they have been treated by Roederer, Antonio VallisnieriVallisnieri, Antonio
(1661-1730). Italian. Professor of
medicine at Padua in 1700.
[Opere fisico-medicheVallisnieri, Antonio Opere
, I-III (Venice 1733).
] and Carl Gottlieb WaglerWagler, Carl Gottlieb
(1731-1778). German. Prosektor in
Göttingen, thereafter in
[Libello singulari de morbo mucusoWagler, Carl Gottlieb Libello
singulari de morbo mucuso

(Göttingenn, 1762).
]. Beckman hopes that Linnaeus does not already know those small animals.

Beckman asks Linnaeus if Linnaeus could arrange for Beckman to become a member of the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
]. The request is very humbly and politely phrased.

Beckman forwards regards from Samuel Christian HollmanHollman, Samuel Christian
(1696-1787). German. Philosopher and
naturalist, Göttingen.
, and sends his regards to Linnaeus and his family. He wishes Linnaeus a long and pleasant life.

P.S. Beckman sends regards from Johan Henrik LidénLidén, Johan Henrik
(1741-1793). Swedish.
, who had been in Göttingen but recently gone on to Belgium. In that context, Beckman regrets that he has not received the most recent of Linnaeusís dissertations, which he has been used to translating into German.


a. (LS, I, 497-498). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 263-265   p.263  p.264  p.265.