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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Carl Peter Thunberg, 1 October 1771 n.s.
Dated 1771. d. 1. Octobr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to ? (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus congratulates Carl Peter ThunbergThunberg, Carl Peter
(1743-1828). Swedish. Botanist,
physician, explorer. Professor of
medicine and botany at Uppsala. Studied
medicine under Linnaeus in Uppsala,
medicine and surgery in Paris, natural
history under Johannes Burman in
Amsterdam. Travelled in South Africa in
1772-1775, in Japan 1775-1776, Java and
Ceylon in 1777-1778. Correspondent of
on his luck at having the gentlemen [Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeus’s pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] as his patrons. Thunberg will now have an opportunity to become famous and immortal. Nobody has visited Japan since the botanical reformation. Kaempfer [Engelbert KämpferKämpfer, Engelbert
(1651-1716). German. Physician,
botanist and explorer. Travelled in
Asia. Known for his works on Japan and
Japanese natural history.
] mentions several plants but we do not even know their genera. No. 1. If Thunberg visits Amboine, he will be able to shed light on such plants there. No. 2. He will be able to do so in the Cape, too, although Linnaeus himself lists many in his second edition of the Mantissa [Mantissa plantarum altera, 2nd ed.Linnaeus, Carl Mantissa
plantarum altera
(1766), 2nd ed.
(Stockholm 1771). Soulsby no. 312.

Linnaeus feels confident that Thunberg will return home safely. Daniel SolanderSolander, Daniel (1733-1782).
Swedish. Naturalist, explorer. Student
in Uppsala under Linnaeus and Johan
Gottschalk Wallerius. Went to London in
1760. Curator of natural history
collections at the British Museum.
Botanist on Cook’s first voyage
1768-1771. Joseph Bank’s librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will set out on a new expedition, probably together with Henrik GahnGahn, Henrik (1747-1816).
Swedish. Physician. Linnaeus’s student.
Founder of the Swedish Society of
Medical Sciences in 1807. Correspondent
of Linnaeus. Son of hans Jacob Gahn and
brother of Hans Jacob Gahn the Younger.
. It is Thunberg’s task to take care of the insects collected at Cape, except those that Linnaeus has already listed in the Queen’s [Lovisa Ulrica museum [Linnaeus refers to the Museum s:ae m:tis Ludovicae Ulricae reginaeLinnaeus, Carl Museum s:ae
m:tis Ludovicae Ulricae reginae

(Stockholm 1764). Soulsby no. 1095a.
], but they are not so many. Linnaeus doubts that Thunberg will give him some.

Linnaeus would like Thunberg to give information about the following plants in Kämpfer’s catalogue: Sicka, Ginko, Mukok, Skimmi, Casuarina, Ananas.

Linnaeus concludes his letter: “Farewell where Fate will lead you! Do not forget me!”


a. original holograph (UUB, G300, 475-475).


1. Collectio epistolarum (1792), p. 79-81 .