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Link: • Gustaf Adolf Hiärne to Carl Linnaeus, 31 October 1770 n.s.
Dated 31 Octobr. 1770. Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Gustaf Adolf HjärneHiärne, Gustaf Adolf
(1715-1805). Swedish. Chancellor of
Lund University. Correspondent of
writes to Linnaeus to tell him that he is about to appoint a Demonstrator in Botany at the University of Lund, with the task of assisting the Professor in Natural History in his duties. As the best among the applicants were Anders Jahan RetziusRetzius, Anders Jahan
(1742-1821). Swedish. Botanist and
zoologist. Professor of natural history
at Lund. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Engelbert JörlinJörlin, Engelbert
(1733-1810). Swedish. Botanist.
Linnaeusís student. Teacher at Lund
University. Travelled in Europe.
Linnaeusís intention to send him to Cape
was never realised. Correspondent of
, Hiärne feels that he must enlist the assistance of Linnaeus, who has been the teacher of both.

Hiärne reviews the knowledge of both applicants. Retzius has, besides his skill in chemistry and natural history, also published a work within pharmacy, and made several observations, which are aid to be worthy of publishing in the Transactions of the the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
]. He is also appointed as a teacher at the school run by Nathanael ThenstedtThenstedt, Nathanael
(1731-1808). Swedish. Courtchaplain,
principal of a school, vicar, Stora
. Retzius is also in high esteem by the Collegium medicum for his insight and skill.

Jörlin has referred to his many years of studies, his journeys for the sake of natural history at home and abroad.

Hiärne finds it difficult to decide which of the two is the most suitable, and consequently asks Linnaeus for advice.


a. (LS, VII, 11-12). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 114-115   p.114  p.115.