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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4591 • Anders Sparrman to Carl Linnaeus, 11 December 1771 n.s.
Dated d 11 Decembris 1771.. Sent from Göteborg (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Välborne Herr Archiater och Riddare,

Välborne Herr Archiaterns mig wiste ynnest skall stedse hos mig bibehållas uti ett så erkänsamt som vördsamt minne, Den ålegger mig herjämte en skyldighet att medelst detta ringa från Götheborg hafva äran uppvagta samt efven aflägga min vördsamste tacksegelse för det gunstiga understöd af Stip. Regium vid min afresa; denna Välborne herr Archiaterns grace mot en fattig vettenskapens idkare setter mig i fult hopp att efven under min frånvaro hafvas i nådig åtanka. Den 8de hujus skedde min ankomst hit, har rönt mycken gunst af Directeurerne, och lärer innan 14 dar komma att afresa med skeppet, hvarföre jag hermedelst efven har äran aflägga mitt ödmiuka afsked, håppandes att snart nog ifrån Cap få den äran uppvagta Välborne herr Archiatern, gifve gud jag sedermera med tålomod kunde afvänta den oskattbara förmonen att erhålla Välborne herr Archiaterns upplysning och vidare instruction. Herren välsigne och beskydde emedlertid välborne herr Archiatern samt hela dess förnehma familia under det jag till mitt sista med diup vördnad har äran framhärda.

Välborne Herr Archiaterns och Riddarens
Allerödmiukste Tiänare
Andreas Sparrman

Götheborg d 11 Decembris 1771.

upSUMMARY

Anders SparrmanSparrman, Anders (1748-1820).
Swedish. Naturalist, physician and
traveller. Disciple of Linnaeus. In 1765
he went on a voyage to China and in 1772
to the Cape of Good Hope, where he
served as a tutor. Later the same year,
Sparrman went on James Cook´s
second voyage as assistant naturalist to
Johann Reinhold Forster and his son
Johan Georg Adam Forster. After his
return to Sweden in 1776 he was
appointed keeper of the natural
historical collections of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1780. In
1787 he participated in an expedition to
West Africa. Practicing physician in
Stockholm. Author of several works, the
best known of which is his account of
his travels in South Africa and with
Cook. Son of Brita and Eric Sparrman.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is writing to Linnaeus from Gothenburg. He is very grateful for the Stipendium Regium (Royal Scholarship) he has received. He understands that he has got it thanks to Linnaeus’s support. He has been well received by the ship-owners. He believes he will depart within two weeks so he bids farewell to Linnaeus hoping to contact him again from South Africa. It would be wonderful to receive a letter from Linnaeus there with further instructions. Sparrman sends his best wishes to Linnaeus and his family.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, XIV, 253-254). [1] [2] [3]