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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Anders Johan von Höpken, c. 25 December 1771 n.s.
Dated . Sent from () to (). Written in Swedish.


Now we are leaving the old year and a new one will be started, writes Linnaeus, who sees the entire world running hither and thither, and wishes good fortune on his high and distinguished benefactor, i.e., Anders Johan von HöpkenHöpken, Anders Johan von
(1712-1789). Swedish. Count and
statesman. One of the founders of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.The
Chancellor of the Uppsala University
1760-1764. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Linnaeus reflects that most of his benefactors have now gone to bed in the soil, the only one remaining being Höpken himself.

Linnaeus remarks that Höpken has been sitting quietly in his retirement, knowing little of the disturbances around him apart from those caused by God, and can smile at the whole world’s hullabaloo, defying even the power of kings.

Linnaeus again thanks Höpken for past services and particularly for his help in allowing his son, Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his father’s lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeus’s
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
, to take over his professorship.


a. draft (LS). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 177   p.177.