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Link: • Frederick Calvert, 6th Lord of Baltimore to Carl Linnaeus, 12 March 1770 n.s.
Dated die duodecimo Martis 1770.. Sent from Augsburg (Germany) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Frederick Calvert, 6th Lord of BaltimoreBaltimore, 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.
sends Linnaeus a copy of his poetical work [Baltimore refers to his, Gaudia poeticaBaltimore, Frederick Calvert, 6th
Lord of
Gaudia poetica. Latina,
Anglica, et Gallica lingua composita,
Ao. 1769.
1770). Soulsby no. 2588.
], from the edition meant for his friends, and he hopes to send Linnaeus another copy in a few weeks, meant for the Uppsala library. Baltimore stresses the great influence Linnaeus has had on his life.

Now, the die is cast, and it is up to the critics to do their job. Baltimore hopes they will overlook the defects of the work, which is short, since it is only ignorance and bad taste that make works long. However, culture and wisdom are not in high esteem these days.

Baltimore will send Linnaeus a special gift, and, at the same time, also a gift for the professor of economy who had helped him in Uppsala. These items will be sent to Finlay in Stockholm from Hamburg, when Baltimore passes there,.

Baltimore thanks Linnaeus for the letter of 16 February 1770Letter L4342, and he asks Linnaeus to forgive his mistake that had made him ask Linnaeus on the issue of a membership in the Royal Society.

Baltimore gives his present address in Augsburg.


a. original holograph (LS, I, 315-316). b. contemporary copy (BL, Vol. LXII of Bishop Kennettīs Collections, Landsdowne Ms 996., 163-163v). [1] [2] [1] [2] [3]


1. Gaudia poetica (1790), p. XLIV-XLVI .