Linnaeus has received Frederick Calvert, 6th Lord of BaltimoresBaltimore, Frederick Calvert, 6th
Lord of (1731-1771). Irish. Peer.
Owner of the colony of Maryland. English
writer. Visited Linnaeus at Hammarby in
1769. Correspondent of Linnaeus. letter of the 6 January 1770 [Lord Baltimore to Linnaeus, 6 January 1770Letter L4332] with the poetry, and he is not sure if the ideas or the style are the most beautiful. Both are intimately combined and cannot be separated. Linnaeus does not understand why Lord Baltimore wants to dedicate this collection of poems [Linnaeus refers to Gaudia poeticaBaltimore, Frederick Calvert, 6th
Lord of Gaudia poetica. Latina,
Anglica, et Gallica lingua composita,
Ao. 1769. (Augsburg,
1770). Soulsby no. 2588. ] to him, and he suspects that his name would be too rude for the contents of the collection. Linnaeus feels his limitations, and he compares the dedication with the marriage of Venus and Vulcanus.
Anyhow, the decision is with Lord Baltimore, and if he decides so, Linnaeus will always bear a great debt of gratitude to Lord Baltimore.
a. contemporary copy (BL, Vol. LXII of Bishop Kennettīs Collections, Landsdowne Ms 996., 160-160v).