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Link: • Johan Jacob Ferber to Carl Linnaeus, 22 November 1770 n.s.
Dated 22 November 1770. Sent from Karlskrona (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


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
thanks Linnaeus for the letter of 28 October 1770 [this letter has not come down to us] and hopes that Linnaeus has recovered from his illness.

Ferber assures Linnaeus that the little Houstonia sent last time would never grow larger than on Schnéberg from where Franz von MygindMygind, Franz von
(c.1710-1789). Danish/Austrian.
Counsellor of the imperial court in
Vienna. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
, and Sigmund von HochenwarthHochenwarth, Sigmund von
(1745-1822). Austrian. Scholar and
, a learned Jesuit, have taken numerous specimens but all smaller that the one sent to Linnaeus.

Ferber has arranged with the captain of a vessel, who with the first favourable wind, will deliver to Roland SchröderSchröder, Roland
(1713-1773). Swedish. Wholesaler and
foundry proprietor in Stockholm. Married
to Brita Maria Schröder.
in Stockholm, a small box containing the Scarabaeus nobil. mentioned in the previous letter [29 July 1770Letter L4385], together with a package containing 45 dried Austrian plants with a list of the actual plants and their numbers accompanied by a number of comments by von Mygind. Ferber asks Linnaeus to let him know as soon as possible the answers to the questions von Mygind asks in the list. Ferber also encloses a “Blomster-almanach” [Ferber refers to “Blomster-almanach för Carlscronas climat”Ferber, Johan Jacob
“Blomster-almanach för Carlscronas
climat med anmärkningar om stadens
belägenhet samt jord- och
berg-arter m.m. framgifven”, KVAH
32 (1771), 75-88.
] concerning the climate in Karlscrona, together with the necessary preface dealing with the soils in the area. These items Ferber wants Linnaeus to correct and then forward to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] in Stockholm. About fourteen days previously a friend had sent a pamphlet written by Ferber dealing with the soils in Derbyshire in England to the Academy of Sciences. Ferber considers that these soils are remarkable and worthy of a place in the Kungliga Vetenskapsakademiens handlingar Kungliga
Vetenskapsakademiens handlingar

(1739-) (Transactions of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences).
(the pamphlet was never published in the KVAH). Although the “Blomster-almanach för Carlscronas climat” might not also be given space during the current quarter as Ferber had desired without the removal of the mineralogical paper, Ferber hopes that Linnaeus would recommend it for a later quarter.

Ferber now asks a favour of Linnaeus, saying that one of his best friends is Ignaz von BornBorn, Ignaz von (1741-1791).
Austrian. Imperial counsellor of mines,
Vienna. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, member of the Council of Mines in Hungary, and who also owns a large factory in Sibenbürgen. Von Born wishes to visit Sweden and Linnaeus, but also to become a member of the Academy of Sciences or at least a member of 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.
]. If Linnaeus could assist in these matters Ferber would like to be granted the honour of himself sending the diploma, which would gratify Ferber immensely.



a. (LS, IV, 147-149). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 71-73   p.71  p.72  p.73.