From the start of his studies in natural history, Ignaz von BornBorn, Ignaz von (1741-1791).
Austrian. Imperial counsellor of mines,
Vienna. Correspondent of Linnaeus. had been very impressed by Linnaeusís works, and he had for a long time thought of writing to Linnaeus and telling him. Friends had encouraged him, and suggested that he could send Linnaeus some of the material he had collected on mineralogical excursions in Hungary, Transylvania and Bohemia.
However, Born had not dared to do so, but he had just learned from a letter [this letter has not come down to us], which Linnaeus had sent to 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
Linnaeus. , that he had been elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien, StockholmKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739. ], promoted by Linnaeus. Born acknowledges that he owes this to Ferberís recommendations as well [see Ferber to Linnaeus, 22 November 1770Letter L4437 and 1 september 1771Letter L4547] but expresses his deep gratitude to Linnaeus for this honour.
Born sends Linnaeus a list of minerals which he and Ferber thought would interest Linnaeus. Born had already sent it to Samuel Gustaf HermelinHermelin, Samuel Gustaf
(1744-1820). Swedish. Assessor at the
and asked him to forward it to Linnaeus. Born also asks Linnaeus to contact him if he wants information about minerals and metallurgy from the parts of Europe that he is familiar with.