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Link: • Johan Jacob Ferber to Carl Linnaeus, 29 July 1770 n.s.
Dated 29 Julii 1770. Sent from Karlskrona (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Johan Jakob 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
greets Linnaeus, saying that during his six-year visit abroad he has often read about Linnaeus in newspapers from Sweden, but now he is living much closer, in Karlskrona. Wherever he visited, Ferber met persons knowledgeable in natural history who revealed their appreciation of Linnaeus, and his famous name has also implied the strongest recommendations.

Ferber had made numerous observations concerning the physiological knowledge of the plant kingdom, whereas in mineralogy and mining Ferber thought that he had seen much of great use, because he had visited the most prominent foreign mines and, in his role as auscultant in the Board of Mines, he had reason to avoid going through them to quickly. In the Hungarian mines, where he was during the previous winter, Ferber found numerous zeolite species, as well as the bedrock of which they were composed, that appeared to prevent them from forming a particular genus. Once Ferber had received his baggage, and found time and favourable circumstances to make experiments and further calculations then he would count it as an honour to be able to submit his results to Royal Swedish Society of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] as well as to the Royal Society of Sciences [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
]. Ferber also mentions that he had seen secret manufacturing of cinnabar, etc., in Holland by English stonemasons, or what is called stoneware in England, as well as other things but without knowing if they were already described.

Franz von MygindMygind, Franz von
(c.1710-1789). Danish/Austrian.
Counsellor of the imperial court in
Vienna. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Vienna, had told Ferber about some critical botanical remarks that he wanted Linnaeus to comment upon, but unfortunately they were still among the items of luggage that had not arrived.

Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Schemnitz had asked Ferber to deliver to Linnaeus 43 copper engravings of tables in quarto containing 815 figures of insects included in Entomologia CarniolicaScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Entomologia Carniolica, exhibens
insecta Carniolae [... ] distributa
[...] methodo Linnaeana
. These were to be sent to Linnaeus without delay and Scopoli would inform Linnaeus when they all were ready. The letter [1 June 1770Letter L4383] also included was from 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.
in Copenhagen and the small box belonging to it, as well as the book, were to be expected within 2-3 weeks. There was also a sealed package in folio from Georg Christian von OederOeder, Georg Christian von
(1728-1791). German/Danish. Botanist
and economist. Studied under Albrecht
von Haller in Göttingen and became
professor of botany at Copenhagen.
Minister of finance for Norway. Started
the publishing of Flora Danica.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for Linnaeus.

Ferber mourns the state of the botanical garden in Copenhagen under Oeder and Johan ZoëgaZoëga, Johan (1742-1788).
Danish. Botanist and economist.
Linnaeusís student 1762-1764.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Ferber has heard that Linnaeus is working on a new mantissa [Ferber refers to Mantissa plantarum altera, 2nd editionLinnaeus, Carl Mantissa
plantarum altera
(1766), 2nd ed.
(Stockholm 1771). Soulsby no. 312.
] and hopes to be able to enjoy new editions of Philosophia botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Philosophia
botanica, in qua explicantur fundamenta
botanica cum definitionibus partium,
(Stockholm 1751). Soulsby no.
and Materia MedicaLinnaeus, Carl Materia
Medica. Liber I. De plantis secundum:
genera, loca, nomina, qualitates, vires,
differentias, durationes, simplicia,
modos, usus, synonyma, culturas,
praeparata, potentias, composita,
digestus, &c.
I-II (Stockholm
1749). Soulsby no. 968.

Ferber regrets that during the current year it would be impossible to meet Linnaeus personally once again. Ferber asks Linnaeus if he knew of a young student of botany who had specimens of Jumkil herbs he could part with, such as Pedicular. Sceptr. Caroli, Scheuchzeria, Ophrys paludosa, Lobel. Dortmanna, etc., as well as Rubus chamaemorus from the Norby bog, then he would be pleased to be able to serve some honest foreign botanists.



a. (LS, IV, 145-146). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 69-71   p.69  p.70  p.71.