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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Carl Gustaf Ekeberg, 28 June 1771 n.s.
Dated 1771 d. 28 Junii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus welcomes Carl Gustaf EkebergEkeberg, Carl Gustaf
(1716-1784). Swedish. Captain, employed
by the Swedish East India Company.
on his return from a dangerous and difficult voyage, nonetheless successful. Ekeberg is the only Swede who has pleased both Linnaeus and science with new things from distant parts.

Linnaeus complains that from von Palm’sPalm, von Swedish. Major. letter it was impossible to deduce what Palm had presented the Queen Dowager. For example, a bird, a fish, a shell, etc., require examination before they can be specified. Her Majesty, Lovisa UlrikaLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
probably did not realise what they were either, before they had been explained. Admittedly, writes Linnaeus, The Queen would certainly attach more value to the objects if I had been able to establish their true value when they had been presented, otherwise they would have been put to one side and allowed to become spoiled, as had occurred previously on more than one occasion.

Linnaeus requests that, on his arrival in Uppsala, Ekeberg should send a messenger out to Linnaeus, whom Linnaeus will pay. Alternatively, Ekeberg could contact the gardener at the Uppsala University Botanical Garden and request that he should report to Linnaeus through one of the under-gardeners, whereupon Linnaeus would come into town immediately as he lives only 1 mile away from Uppsala in the parish of Danmark (Linnaeus means he is staying at his country-estate Hammarby).

Linnaeus regrets the passing away of C. Rijk TulbaghTulbagh, C. Rijk (1699-1771).
Dutch. Governor at the Cape in 1751. He
sent plants, bulbs and seeds to Linnaeus
in 1761. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who was the most reasonable man Linnaeus had met among all Dutchmen.

In concluding, Linnaeus says he longs for the day when his benefactor Ekeberg returns to Uppsala and Linnaeus can at last celebrate with him.



a. copy (KVA).


1. Egenhändiga anteckningar (1823), p. 194-195   p.194  p.195.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 12-13   p.12  p.13.