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Link: • Frederick Calvert, 6th Lord of Baltimore to Carl Linnaeus, 8 March 1770 n.s.
Dated Die octavo Martiis 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.
has just received Linnaeus’s letter of 6 February 1770Letter L4347. He rejects all the epithets of devotion that Linnaeus has given him, and he is conscious of the broad reputation that Linnaeus enjoys.

Baltimore thinks that modern languages lack many of the qualities needed for great poetry and literature, such as integrity, distinct rules and wider ramifications.

Baltimore sends Linnaeus a specially made advance copy of the printed edition [ 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.
], which Linnaeus may read and approve, if he wishes. It does not yet have the final typography, since several of the glyphs are not yet available to the printer.

The letter ends with for distichs, praising Linnaeus.


a. original holograph (LS, I, 313-314). b. contemporary copy (BL, Vol. LXII of Bishop Kennett´s Collections, Landsdowne Ms 996., 161). [1] [2] [1] [2] [3]


1. Gaudia poetica (1790), p. XLI-XLII .