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Link: • Johannes Beckman to Carl Linnaeus, 1 January 1770 n.s.
Dated 1. Jan. 1770. Sent from Göttingen (Germany) to (). 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.
thanks Linnaeus for his letter of 1 October 1769 [this letter has not come down to us] that had reminded him of his stay in Uppsala. He is sorry that he did not receive Linnaeus’s other letter, written before this one, and he hopes that Linnaeus can send him the information once more.

Now, Beckman sends Linnaeus a dissertation by a pupil [Friedrich Wilhelm WeissWeiss, Friedrich Wilhelm
(1744-). German. Physician,
] of David Sigismund August BüttnerBüttner, David Sigismund August
(1724-1768). Hungarian. Professor
of medicine and botany in 1756, Berlin,
in 1760 professor of botany and zoology,
, which its author has asked him to forward.

Beckman gives a short description of a bird that is not mentioned in the editions of Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.

Beckman has received a copy of Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
, volume seven [published in 1769], and it leads him to ask Linnaeus to make clear, in text and pictures, the basic facts and terminology of the knowledge of Conchylia, which are more difficult to understand than any other creature.

Finally, Beckman asks Linnaeus to include also the synonym names that several scholars have given to several species in different parts of nature, in the supplements of Systema naturae with reference to Linnaeus’s own names. It is hardly possible that a new edition will appear, but supplements will take all such additions.

The letter ends by a wish of a happy new year.


a. (LS, I, 502-503). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 266-268   p.266  p.267  p.268.