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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4383 • Morten Thrane Brünnich to Carl Linnaeus, 1 June 1770 n.s.
Dated 1 Junij 1770. Sent from København (Denmark) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Perillustri & Celeberrimo Viro,
D[omi]no Carolo de Linné Equiti,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Martinus Brünnichius.

Festinans arripio occasionem, libri, Ichthyologia Massiliensis inscripti, Tibi offerre; transit nempe nostram civitatem amicissimus mihi & ob eruditionem aestumandus maxime D[omi]nus Ferber. Inde a reditu ex itinere in collectionibus fui occupatissimus. Insectorum ingentem cohortem jam his diebus ad ultimum usque in ordinem redegi; sed iterum ex Africa & America ultra 1000 species, inter quas haud paucas ignotas, mihi allatae adstant, ut testis oculatus D[omi]nus Ferber copiam miratus fuerit. Ideoque de novo laborem ante festum Ptini furis et dermestidum aggrediar. Cassida 7-guttata, olim a me ex Africa descripta, est Blattae species, in cujus elytro altero tres sunt maculae rotundatae albae, in altero autem 4. ejusmodi maculae. In collectione olim sub vitro Cassidae figuram mentiebatur. Capsulam ferream cum aliquot rarioribus Insectis, quae primum visui se offerebant, simul dedi D[omi]no Ferber, ut Tibi mitteret. a. Hispae species nova ex Americae insulis St. Crux & S. Thomae. b. Notonecta ibidem. c. Scarabaeus ibidem, inde quoque Mordellam paradoxam habeo unicam. d. Tenebrionis species in Scabiosis Hungariae haud infrequens.

Domus pro museo sat ampla mihi donatione Regia venit in Universitatis aedificio, ubi etiam pro usu oeconomico proprio camerae sunt paratae. Thecae jam construuntur regiis impensis ita ut cum initio Septembris programmate & oratione novum munus incipiam, ad quod tempus spero fore, ut Principes Vestri (ut narrat fama) civitatem visitent; sic forte illorum praesentia rem magis reddat solennem. In hoc Museo vellem, ut tot facerem discipulos quot Tu formasti egregios magistros.

Quod museum pulchre ornaret intense flagito TUAM nempe effigiem, quam dignissimo affigerem loco. Swabii quoque, utpote Mineralogi insignis, effigies inter primarias mihi, si obtinenti, numeraretur. Proximo anno Sueciam & Norvegiam b[ono] c[uratore] Deo visitare debeo. Heri literas, de Orenburgo mense Septembri a Pallas datas accepi. Multa animalia, quadrupeda aves amphibia & insecta detexit, piscium mentionem haud facit. Falkia tetraspis, Anabasis cretacea, Salicornia & Cheiranthus tartaricus inter plantas maxime considerari me[rentur]. His vale, Vir perillustris, bona salute & longa senectute vigore stipata fruere, sic me amare, quod pergas certus sum! Vale!

Dabantur Hafniae festinante calamo d[ie] 1 Junii 1770.

[address]
a Monsieur
Mons[ieu]r Charles de Linné
Chevalier de l’Ordre de Nordstierne
Medecin premier du Roi, Professeur
à l’Uni¬versité & Membres des toutes
les Societes des Sciences d’europé
a Upsala

hermed en Bog og en liden Eske med Insecter maerkede L.

upSUMMARY

Morten Thrane BrünnichBrünnich, Morten Thrane
(1737-1827). Danish. Professor of
natural history, Copenhagen. Later
employed by the Danish mining department
in Norway. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has taken the opportunity to send a copy of M. T. Brunnichii [..]. Ichthyologia MassiliensisBrünnich, Morten Thrane
M. T. Brunnichii [..]. Ichthyologia
Massiliensis, sistens piscium
descriptiones eorumque apud incolas
nomina. Accedunt Spolia maris
Adriatici
(Copenhagen & Leipzig,
1768).
. with Johan Jacob FerberFerber, Johan Jacob
(1743-1790). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Mitau, of mineralogy at St
Petersburg. Superintendent of the board
of mines, Berlin. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, who happened to pass Copenhagen [see Ferber to Linnaeus, 29 July 1770Letter L4385].

Brünnich has been very busy since he returned. He has arranged a great number of samples of insects, but he had recently received more than one thousand more, from Africa and South America, many of which are new. So he has more work ahead of him.

Brünnich comments on Cassida septemguttata. He also sends some samples with Ferber, enclosed in an iron box, and he mentions what species they are.

New rooms for his museum are being prepared at the King’s [Christian VII, King of DenmarkChristian VII, King of Denmark
(1749-1808). Danish. Reigned 1766-1808.
] expense, and Brünnich hopes he will have many pupils to teach there when it is ready.

Brünnich would be pleased to use the portrait of Linnaeus to adorn his museum, together with portraits of other scholars.

Brünnich feels that he should visit Sweden and Norway during the following year.

Brünnich has heard from Peter Simon PallasPallas, Peter Simon
(1741-1811). German. Naturalist and
explorer. Pallas studied at the
universities of Göttingen and
Leiden. In 1768 he was called to Russia
to take part in an expedition to
Siberia, the aim of which was to study
the passage of Venus. Pallas remained in
Russia for the greater part of his life.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who has discovered many new quadrupeds, birds, amphibians and insects, although he mentions almost no fishes.

Brünnich recommends four species of plants as very much worth studying.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, II, 271-272). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. “Af Linnés brevvexling” (1871), p. 429-430   p.429  p.430.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 411-412   p.411  p.412.