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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Johan Peter Falck, 12 August 1772 n.s.
Dated 1772 d. 12 Augusti.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus reminds Johan Peter FalckFalck, Johan Peter (1732-1774).
Swedish. Professor of botany and
curator of the botanical garden of St
Petersburg. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
that it is a long time since he had the pleasure of his correspondence. He asks if there is anything for him from Falck’s long journey. The last time he held the academic promotion, i.e. on 15 June, Falck was made Doctor Honoris Causa in Medicine and he was among the nine first.

The following persons have passed away: Gabriel MatthesiusMathesius, Gabriel (1705-1772).
Swedish. Professor of theology,
, Henrik FrosterusFrosterus, Henrik (1727-1772).
Swedish. Professor logices &
metaphysices, thereafter professor of
law etc.
, the wife [Anna Margareta Rosén von RosensteinAurivillius, Anna Margareta
(1736-1772). Swedish. Married to Samuel
Aurivillius, daughter of Nils
Rosén and Anna Christina von
] of Samuel AurivillusAurivillius, Samuel
(1721-1767). Swedish. Professor of
medicine, Uppsala. Correspondent of
, Olof Ingelson RabeniusRabenius, Olof Ingelson
(1730-1772). Swedish. Professor of law,
, Charlotta Amalia DureaDurea, Charlotta Amalia
Swedish. Married to Samuel Dureus, born
von Spången.
, the Mayor of Uppsala, Anders BorellBorell, Anders Swedish. Mayor
of Uppsala. Father of Anna Maria Acrel
and Wendla Sidrén, father-in-law
of Johan Gustaf Acrel and Jonas
and Erik HaleniusHalenius, Engelbert
(1700-1767). Swedish. Bishop of Skara,
politician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
of Tierp.

Linnaeus has two disciples in the Cape of Good Hope, with the primary goal of botany and natural history, i.e. 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
and 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.

Linnaeus wonders if it is possible to get seeds of Ulmus pumila, Morus tatarica and another plantlet of Erik Laxman’sLaxman, Erik (1738-1796).
Swedish. Lutheran pastor at the
Kolyvanian mines and ironworks in
Siberia. Professor and councellor of the
Russian Board of Mines, St Peterburg.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Spiraea altaiensis.

Lars HesselgrenHesselgren, Lars (1715-1803).
Swedish. Professor of oriental languages
and theology, bishop of
and Johan Lossbom [Johan LåstbomLåstbom, Johan
(1732-1802). Swedish. Professor, dean
] have become Professors of Theology, the first after the late Daniel AnnerstedtAnnerstedt, Daniel (1721-1771).
Swedish. Professor of theology,
. Emanuel EkmanEkman, Emanuel (1737-1801).
Swedish. Professor, Uppsala.
will succeed Låstbom on the chair of Economy.

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.
has returned from the new world in the south [on Captain James Cook’sCook, James (1728-1779).
British. Explorer, navigator and
first voyage to the Pacific with HMS Endeavour in 1768 - 1771], but he has not sent Linnaeus a single plant. 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.
, who, in his place, has now went there and promised Linnaeus solemnly that he will share with Linnaeus everything he collects.


a. contemporary copy (KVA, Bergius, XVII).


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 65-66   p.65  p.66.