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Link: • Andreas Berlin to Carl Linnaeus, 26 June 1772 n.s.
Dated 26 Junii 1772. Sent from London (Great Britain) to (). Written in Swedish.


Joseph Banks’sBanks, Joseph (1743-1820).
British. Naturalist, president of the
Royal Society. Together with Daniel
Solander he took part in Cook’s first
voyage. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Daniel Solander’sSolander, 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.
second voyage to the South Seas has been postponed until next spring. They shall instead, in a few days time, set out for Scotland, and then on to Iceland, to train artists and other young men they have engaged. Captain James CookCook, James (1728-1779).
British. Explorer, navigator and
, however, shall sail south as planned. The Government has given Solander’s position, as natural historian to the Captain, to a learned Prussian, Johann Reinhold ForsterForster, Johann Reinhold
(1729-1798). German. Naturalist and
voyager. Visited St Petersburg, Moscow,
Saratov and Constantinople before he
went to England. In 1772 he took part in
Cook’s second voyage. Moved to Halle in
1780 to become director of the botanical
garden. Father of Johan Georg Adam
Forster. Correspondent of Linnaeus.

Andreas BerlinBerlin, Andreas (1746-1773).
Swedish. Botanist. Linnaeus’s student
1765-1766. Secretary of Joseph Banks
1770-1773. Died in Delos, Guinea.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
recommends to Linnaeus a German named John MillerMiller, John (1715-1780).
German. Painter and engraver. Moved to
London in 1744. Published Illustratio
systematis sexualis Linnaei
. He has been encouraged to translate Linnaeus Systema. [Miller published some years later his, An illustration on the sexual system of the Genera plantarum of LinnaeusMiller, John An illustration
on the sexual system of the Genera
plantarum of Linnaeus
]. He craves for a catalogue of the species Linnaeus himself has not had the possibility to examine, in this way opening up a new correspondence for Linnaeus, which Berlin estimates will be useful. Miller is a friend of John FothergillFothergill, John (1712-1780).
British. Physician and collector of
natural history objects. Studied in
Holland, France and Germany. His cabinet
of zoological and mineralogical
specimens as well as his botanical
garden at Upton were well known.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and KnightKnight, British. Librarian at
the British Museum.

Berlin says he is not in the position to reveal anything about the collections brought home by Banks and Solander. He understands that one person in particular [i.e. Solander] has behaved ungrateful towards Linnaeus. Berlin claims that he has the same vieuw as John EllisEllis, John (1711-1776).
British. Merchant and naturalist, expert
on zoophytes. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, i.e. that you have to endure what can’t be changed. Therefore he can only send Linnaeus curiosities that can be bought [on an open market]. Anyway, he would like to ask Linnaeus to recommend Solander and Banks as Fellows of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
]. They have already been honoured by the French Academy [Académie royale des sciences, ParisAcadémie royale des sciences,
French. The French
Académie des sciences was founded
in 1666 and became a royal academy in
1699. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] and have been created Honorary Doctors at Oxford.

Uno von Troil Troil, Uno von (1746-1803).
Swedish. Archbishop. Correspondent of
and Fredrik Herman von WaldenWalden, Fredrik Herman von
(1743). Swedish. Captain at the
shall accompany the party to Iceland. Von Walden is an ample cartographer and familiar with firearms.

On behalf of James GordonGordon, James (1708-1780).
British. Gardener to James Sherard at
Eltham and then to Lord Petre at
Thorndon. After that he founded a
nursery at Bow and run a seed shop in
London. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, an eminent gardener, Berlin hopes that Linnaeus would permit Gordon’s two sons, who intend to go to Sweden next summer, to visit the Orangery and the Botanical Garden.


a. (LS, I, 542-543). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 163-165   p.163  p.164  p.165.