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Link: • 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.


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
(Copenhagen & Leipzig,
. 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
, 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.


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


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.