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Link: • Antonius Brugmans to Carl Linnaeus, 26 February 1773 n.s.
Dated 26 Febr. 1773. Sent from Groningen (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Antonius BrugmansBrugmans, Antonius (1763-1819).
Dutch. Naturalist. Professor of botany
at Leiden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends Linnaeus the text of an academic speech [”Sermo publicus, de monumentis variarum mutationum”Brugmans, Antonius ” Sermo
publicus, de monumentis variarum
mutationum, quas Belgii foederati solum
aliquando passum fuit”,
Verhandelingen ter nasporinge van de
wetten en gesteldheid onzes vaderlands
[…] door en genootschap te
, 1 (1773), 497-535.
] that he had held a year and a half earlier, when he left the position of Vice Chancellor of the university in Groningen. It dealt partly with aspects of natural history that were well known to Linnaeus. Linnaeus would agree with Brugmans that it is strange that Baltic corals are found in Belgium, and Brugmans wants to let Linnaeus see some of them with his own eyes. They are found in sand, where they are mixed with ordinary stones, so that they may be difficult to discover.

Eight years earlier, Brugmans had given a copy of his work Tentamina philosophica de material magneticaBrugmans, Antonius Tentamina
philosophica de material magnetica
ejusque actione in ferrum et
(Leeuwarden, 1765).
, meant for Linnaeus, to someone who was about to go to Sweden. Brugmans does not know if Linnaeus ever received it, but he has been glad to see that Johan Carl WilckeWilcke, Johan Carl (1732-1796).
Swedish. Physicist. In 1759
"Thamian lecturer" of
experimental physics at the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences, of which he
was the secretary from 1784. Son of
Samuel Gustaf Wilcke. Correspondent of
had proposed the same hypothesis in a paper [”Afhandling, om magnetiska kraftens upväckande genom elektricitet”Wilcke, Johan Carl ”Afhandling,
om magnetiska kraftens upväckande
genom elektricitet”, 27 KVAH
(1766), 294-315.
] published in the acts of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] for 1766. Brugmans has only recently realised that iron is far more widely spread on earth than was earlier thought, so that the magnetic force can be found almost everywhere.

The study of natural history, which had been so greatly promoted by Linnaeus, is also flourishing in Holland. Brugmans hopes that Linnaeus will continue to be the prominent figure in that science for a long time.

In Groningen, a Society pro excolendo iure patrio has recently been formed, and the first volume of its Acta [Verhandelingen ter nasporinge van de wetten en gesteldheid onzes vaderlands […] door en genootschap te Groningen] will soon be published. Brugmans describes its contents briefly and reports that he will send it with some other publications to Linnaeus under separate cover. He hopes that they will please Linnaeus.


a. (LS, II, 281-282). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 1-2   p.1  p.2.