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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Petter Jonas Bergius, 12 December 1770 n.s.
Dated 1770 d. 12 Decembr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus has sent Johann Georg GmelinísGmelin, Johann Georg
(1709-1755). German. Voyager, botanist
and chemist. At the initiative of
empress Anna of Russia he spent ten
years (1733-1743) exploring Siberia. In
1749 he became professor of botany and
chemistry at Tübingen. Together
with his nephew Samuel Gottlieb he wrote
Flora Sibirica (1747-1769).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
fourth volume [Flora SibiricaGmelin, Johann Georg Flora
Sibirica, sive Historia plantarum
(St Petersburg 1747-1769).
] by Johan Benedict BusserísBusser, Johan Benedict
(1729-1799). Swedish. Author and
copperplate engraver [Fredrik Akrelius Akrelius, Fredrik Herman von
Swedish. Copperplate engraver.
] to Stockholm. It is to be delivered directly to Petter Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeusís student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, or left for him at the Cronan pharmacy. Linnaeus states that the fourth volume is a Slovenly production, and he also wants Bergiusís opinion on the third volume.

Undoubtedly the Ericae are one of the most difficult genera says Linnaeus. To put them in order takes 1. adequate differentiae specificae 2. satisfactory descriptions and illustrations. 3. synonyms; preferably as correct illustrations. A great problem in Uppsala.

Linnaeus says that the two of them together must have the majority of all Ericae. Linnaeus wants to compare his Er. Plukenetii with Bergiusís and promises on his word as a cavalier to return each specimen untouched.

Albrecht von Haller Haller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has in his work [Linnaeus means the Historia stirpium indigenarum Helvetiae inchoataHaller, Albrecht von Historia
stirpium indigenarum Helvetiae
2 vol. (Bern, 1768)
] several new species. Linnaeus finds it difficult to identify them.

Linnaeus has many Grubbia; all males. He has never seen a feminine.

He reminds Bergius about the parcel from Antoine GouanGouan, Antoine (1733-1821).
French. Botanist, Montpellier. Student
under Sauvages. Director of the
botanical garden in 1767, later
professor of botany and medicine.
Although an admirer of Linnaeus he tried
to develop a hybrid of his system of
classification. Correspondent of
, last summer Linnnaeus sent him the bill of lading in a letter from Christian HolmHolm, Christian Swedish.
Consul, Sêté.
in Cette.


a. contemporary copy (KVA, Bergius, XVI, 688).


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 155-156   p.155  p.156.