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Link: • John Hill to Carl Linnaeus, 10 September 1772 n.s.
Dated ce 10ede 7bre 1772. Sent from London (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in French.


John HillHill, John (1716-1775).
British. Pharmacist, physician and
supervisor of the botanical gardens at
Kew. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for a letter [this letter has not come down to us]. He has been very glad to know that Linnaeus is alive and in good health.

Hill thinks Linnaeus has been too generous in his estimation of Hill’s works. Hill is sorry that the delivery was delayed for so long by the season. Since then, Hill has published three more volumes, nos. 19, 20 and 21 [Hill refers to the The Vegetable systemHill, John The Vegetable
system; or, a series of [... ]
observations tending to explain the
internal structure and the life of
plants, etc.
, 26 vol. (London,
], and he hopes Linnaeus will receive those also as a gift. Hill will give them to Gerhard Gustaf Adam NolckenNolcken, Gerhard Gustaf Adam
(1733-1812). Swedish. Swedish envoy in
London 1764-1793.
this same day.

Hill will also send the sheets of another small book [Hill refers to his forthcoming Spatogenesia. The origin and nature of sparHill, John Spatogenesia. The
origin and nature of spar: its qualities
and uses: with a description and history
of eighty-nine species
] that is not yet quite finished. Lord Bute [John StuartStuart, John (1713-1792).
British. 3rd Earl of Bute. Scottish
nobleman who served as Prime Minister of
Great Britain (1762–1763) under George
] had asked Hill to compile an arrangement of fossils for his private collection, which is the largest existing, and when Hill was ready, Bute ordered it to be printed [if Hill did catalogued these fossils, it was never printed]. It is not yet quite finished, but Hill sends what has been done so far.

Hill will be glad to hear from Linnaeus what he can help him with.

Hill wants news about Linnaeus’s works.

Hill congratulates Linnaeus on his promotion by the Swedish King [Gustav IIIGustav III, (1746-1792).
Swedish. Reigned 1771-1792. Son of King
Adolf Fredrik and Queen Lovisa Ulrika,
brother of Sofia Albertina and Karl
XIII. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] to the ranks of nobility. He asks if it would be possible for him to receive the same honour.

Hill wishes Linnaeus a long life. Linnaeus has done more for science than all the centuries past.


a. original holograph (LS, VII, 32-33). [1] [2] [3]


1. The Letters and Papers of Sir John Hill (1982), p. 175-176 .