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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4609 • Carl Linnaeus to Johan Gustaf Wahlbom, 20 January 1772 n.s.
Dated 1772 d 20 januari. Sent from Hammarby (Sweden) to Kalmar (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Edle och Högtförfarne H[err] Assessor

Tackar öfwermåttan för brefwet. Gud uppehålle H[err] Assessoren i långa tider säll och lycklig.

jag har wähl budit fru Assessorskan ett par gånger hälsa på mig, men sällan fått den lyckan.

Strax jag fick H[err] Assessorens lapska wäxter, tilsatte jag namnen, och restituerade dem till Fruen, samt tillade ett par.

Nog minnes jag Weckleby tempe, som Gud täckt tillredt för H[err] Assessoren såsom dett andra paradis. jag gratulerar H[err] Assessoren, som blefwit ägare af det wackraste landtgods ock wackraste Fru.

Licent[iat] Gahn lätt trycka disputationen de Partu serotino, kom och wille ventilera henne 14 dagar äfter middsomar, då alla studiosi woro absentes, det jag ej kunne tillstädia; Ty sökte han det hos då warande Hans K[onglig] Höghet Cancelleren, men fick afslag; nu är Gahn i Engeland, och blifwer absens promoverad, men aldrig lärer diss[ertationen] komma att ventileras. det synes klart att D[avid] Schultzenheim, hans swåger, har skrifwit henne.

Sparrman, Thunberg och Solander komma i sommar att mötas på Cap[ut] b[onae] Spei.

Archiat[er] Prof[essor] Berger i Kiöpenhamn, lärer blifwa olyckelig på Strutsenses räkning; kanske och Prof[essor] Oeder får dantsa tillbakas som Strutsense uplyftat honom.

jag har fått desse dagar många naturalier ifrån alla werdens delar, mäst från America.

Ärkebiskopen mår wähl; men om hans Hernia blifwer stoppad, kan det wara giort på ett par dagar.

jag är all min tid
Edle H[err] Assessorens
Min trogne wäns
ödmiuke tienare
Carl Linné

Hamarby 1772
d[en] 20 januarii

[a][a] : MS1 [added on fol. 3] jag hade hoppats fått se H[err] Assessoren komma hit äfter sin Fru; men nu ser jag fåfängt.

Assessoren
Edle och Högtförfarne
H[err] Doctor Wahlbom
Calmare

[b][b] : MS1 [added on fol. 4 by the
hand of Wahlbom
]
Med Wahlboms handstil: Chenott de Peste
XII Tom. af de Haen
Tritten Tessaurus
Schreiber de peste
Rotman Dill de Peste
Baglivi de fibra mutrice

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Johan Gustaf WahlbomWahlbom, Johan Gustaf
(1724-1808). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Studied at Uppsala under
Linnaeus, anatomy, surgery and
obstretics at Wittenberg. Provincial
physician at Kalmar. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for his letter [this letter has not come down to us] and wishes Wahlbom a long and happy life.

Linnaeus has invited Wahlbom’s wife [Elisabeth Christina WahlbomWahlbom, Elisabeth Christina
(1736-18141). Swedish. Wife of Johan
Gustaf Wahlbom. Daughter of Magnus
Beronius, whose wife and children in
1760 were ennobled Björnstjerna.
] to visit him, but she has not come.

When Linnaeus received the Lappish plants from Wahlbom, he wrote their names and returned them to Wahlbom’s wife, with the addition of a couple of plants.

Linnaeus remembers the estate that Wahlbom has bought, named Weckleby, and he congratulates Wahlbom for having become its owner and also for the beauty of his wife.

Henrik Gahn Gahn, 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.
had had his dissertation [Dissertatio medica, de partu serotinoGahn, Henrik Dissertatio
medica, de partu serotino
, diss.,
pres. J. Sidrén (Uppsala, 1770).
] printed and wanted to have it discussed two weeks after Midsummer, when all the students were away. Linnaeus had refused, and the Chancellor, to whom he had appealed, also refused. Gahn is now in England and will be promoted in his absence, but the dissertation will never be discussed publicly. It is evident that his brother-in-law Schultzenheim [David Schulz von SchulzenheimSchulz von Schulzenheim, David
(1732-1823). Swedish. Physician.
Studied at Uppsala, where he attended
Linnaeus’s lectures. Went to England.
Together with Nils Rosén von
Rosenstein he introduced inoculation for
smallpox in Sweden. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
] has written it.

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.
, 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
Linnaeus.
and 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 meet this summer in the region of the Cape of Good Hope.

Johan Chilian Just von BergerBerger, Johan Chilian Just von
(1723-1791). German/Danish.
Physician-in-ordinary, Copenhagen.
in Copenhagen will be unhappy because of the Johann Friedrich StruenseeStruensee, Johann Friedrich
(1737-1772). German. Physician in
ordinary to the Danish King, Christian
VII. Appointed Privy Cabinet minister
in 1771. Condemned to death and
decapitated in 1772.
affair. Maybe Georg Christian von OederOeder, Georg Christian von
(1728-1791). German/Danish. Botanist
and economist. Studied under Albrecht
von Haller in Göttingen and became
professor of botany at Copenhagen.
Minister of finance for Norway. Started
the publishing of Flora Danica.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will also suffer, since Struensee has favoured him.

Linnaeus has received several natural history specimens from all parts of the world, most of them from America.

The archbishop [Magnus Olai BeroniusBeronius, Magnus Olai
(1692-1775). Swedish. Professor of
theology, Uppsala. Bishop of Kalmar in
1745, archbishop in 1764.
] is well, but if his hernia can be cured, it will be a matter of days.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnés arkiv). [1] [2] [3] [4]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
MS1 [added on fol. 3]
b.
MS1 [added on fol. 4 by the hand of Wahlbom]