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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4229 • Johannes Beckman to Carl Linnaeus, 5 June 1769 n.s.
Dated 1769. d. 5 Jun.. Sent from Göttingen (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Vir illustris
Fautor omni pietate colende,

Etsi commercio litterario, quod mihi, pro summa humanitate Tua, concessisti, rarius utor, tamen saepissime, certe quotidie, Tui Tuaeque doctrinae & beneficiorum, quae a Te in me profecta sunt, memoriam pia mente renovo. Saepissime etiam publice, gratum erga Te animum meum testificor, quando vel in libris meis, vel in recensionibus diariorum, vel in dissertationibus, quas interdum diariis inserendas curo, occasionem nanciscor, iis objectionibus respondendi, quas vel ignorantia vel invidia fecit. Sed cum me adhuc tempus deficit, partem peculiarem historiae naturalis tali studio, quali nova inveniuntur, colendi; dubitavi vacuas Tibi litteras mittere, quae non possunt non Tibi displicere. Destinavit mihi regimen regium professionem oeconomiae ordinariam, qua ut me dignum reddam, omne studium, & omne tempus meum adhibere debeo. Deinde etiam quotidie per quinque horas doceo Historiam nat[uralem], Mathesin, Physicam & Oeconomiam.

Iam vero Tibi mitto compendium meum oeconomicum, quod ut gratioso vultu velis accipere, vehementer rogo. Operam dedi in hoc libello, ut videant cives mei, usum historiae nat[uralis] in Oeconomia, quem Tu primus & vidisti & docuisti, maximum omnino esse. Videbis me ubique Tua e doctrina hausisse, sed videbis quoque, me semper grato animo praeceptorem meum, omnium quos habui optimum & fidelissimum, quem fautorem summa pietate colo, collaudasse.

Mittam quoque, si licet, post aliquot hebdomades, epistolas Laxmanni e Sibiria, quas nuper cum cel[eberrimo] Schlözero, professore quondam Historiar[um] Petropolit[anarum] nunc collega meo, edidi.

Neminem majori gaudio nova Syst[ematis] nat[urae] editio affecit, quam me, quam quotannis summa cum oblectatione auditoribus meis, quorum numerus in dies crescit, expono. Cum inter Intestina ista animalcula, quae Roedererus, professor, dum viveret, anatomiae Göttingensis, primus accurate descripsit & Trichurides vocavit, desidero, exemplaria quaedam Tibi mitto. Invenit istos vermes Rödererus in intestinis humanis e. gr. in duodeno, cum annis 1760 & 1761 hic epidemia erat, quae propter verminosum omnium morborum habitum, cum universali muci corruptela, memorabilis erat. Obtulit Roedererus de iis dissertationem Societati Göttingensi, quae vero nondum edita est, sed habes excerpta ex ista in Göttingischen Gelehrten Anzeigen 1761. N. 25. Figuram iam dedit, ni fallor, Vallisnerius in Oper. Tom. 1. Tab. 20. fig. 5–10, itemque Waglerus in libello singulari de morbo mucoso. Göttingae 1762. 4. tab. 3. fig. 4. Da veniam, Vir illustris, si fortasse ista animalcula tibi iam satis nota sunt.

Quid agit Societas Scient[iarum] Upsaliensis, cui Tu columen & dulce decus es? Quam vellem favorem istius illustris societatis me dignum reddere! Magno non solum honori, sed emolumento mihi esset, si beneficia Tua erga me, quibus fortunam meam debeo, honore tituli sodalis velis augere. Sed rogare non audeo, ne me inverecundum dicas.

Socer meus celeber[rimus] prof[essor] Hollman, senex venerabilis, & meritorum Tuorum cultor, cuius Tu mentionem fecisti in Syst. nat. tom. 3. pag. 189., se Tibi commendat. Ego vero Tibi, Vir illustris, Praeceptor longe mihi venerande, longam, felicem, iucundam vitam & placidam senectutem ex animi sententia apprecor rogans, ut illustri familiae Tuae, praesertim celeb[e]r[rimo] Filio Tuo velis commendare &, ut pergas, favere

Illustris nominis Tui cultori Joh[anni] Beckmanno.

Göttingae 1769 d[ie] 5 Jun[ii].

Doctissimus Mag[ister] Lidén, qui iam hinc in Belgium abiit, quemque hic omnes ob magnam eruditionem maximi fecerunt, se favori Tuo commendat.

Doleo vehementer, quod nondum novas dissertationes Tuas, quae post Agrostographiam prodierunt, accipere potui. Mitte mihi, quaeso, ista iucunda dona, quando se occasio offert. Soleo dissertationes Tuas, uti nuper istam de Sirene & de Lepra, in nostram linguam convertere. Vale!

[address]
A Monsieur
Monsieur Chevalier de Linné
Premier Medecin de la Cour de Sa Maj[esté] Suedoise
President de 1’Academie des Scien[ces] à Upsala
Membre de 1’Academie des Sc[iences] à Paris &c.
à
Upsala.
Franco Stockholm Hvarjämte en liten ask och en bok.

upSUMMARY

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
Naturhistorie
(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 Laxmann’sLaxman, 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 Laxmann’s 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
naturae
, 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
fisico-mediche
, I-III (Venice 1733).
] and Carl Gottlieb WaglerWagler, Carl Gottlieb
(1731-1778). German. Prosektor in
Göttingen, thereafter in
Braunschweig.
[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
Uppsala,
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 Linnaeus’s dissertations, which he has been used to translating into German.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

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