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Link: • John Hill to Carl Linnaeus, 22 August 1771 n.s.
Dated August 22. 1771. Sent from London (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in English.


John HillHill, John (1716-1775).
British. Pharmacist, physician and
supervisor of the botanical gardens at
Kew. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had lost so many books in a shipwreck that he could not send Linnaeus a set of his work. However, reprinting is almost finished, so Hill will have the books on October 3. Then, Hill will send 17 volumes of the The Vegetable systemHill, John The Vegetable
system; or, a series of [... ]
observations tending to explain the
internal structure and the life of
plants, etc.
, 26 vol. (London,
to Gerhard Gustaf Adam NolckenNolcken, Gerhard Gustaf Adam
(1733-1812). Swedish. Swedish envoy in
London 1764-1793.
and ask him to forward them to Linnaeus. Nolcken has already received one of the volumes for the same purpose, and Hill hopes Linnaeus has received it.

Nolcken is held in high esteem at the Court in London, and sends his respectful greetings to Linnaeus.

Hill asks Linnaeus for a favour. He has some pupils who are ready to go to different parts of the world. He would like to give them sets of Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
, and he wants to buy these sets from Linnaeus if Linnaeus has the right to sell them. He wants as many as will correspond in value to what he is sending to Linnaeus.

If Linnaeus has no right to sell these books, this will not mean that Hill keeps his books. They will be sent, and Hill will be glad to serve Linnaeus in whatever way he can.

P. S. Hill asks Linnaeus to send him an answer by return of post.


a. original holograph (LS, VII, 24-25). [1] [2] [3]


1. The Letters and Papers of Sir John Hill (1982), p. 169-170 .