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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4837 • Carl Linnaeus to Johann Reinhold Forster, 2 April 1773 n.s.
Dated 2 Aprilis 1773. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to ? (). Written in Latin.

Viro Nobilissimo
D[omino] D[octori] FORSTERO,
Amico suo candidissimo amicissimoque,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linné

Spero has litteras Te assecuturas in felicissimo Cap[ite] b[onae] spei; ego vero Te quotidie cogito et mente die nocteque sequor.

Somniabam me Tecum obambulasse Montes Tabularum diaboli et Leonis, ibique legisse Proteas, Leucadendra, Arctopos, Gorteriasque ciliares, Aspalathos, Ericas, &c.

Vellem, haberes Dissertationem praeterito anno editam de Ericis capensibus, in qua tentavi numerosissimas has species differentiis, &c., determinare.

O utinam felicia fata Te ducerent in novam Terram australem, ut ex anima Tua candidissima viderem aliquot plantas istius regionis, quarum ne unicam concessit D[ominus] 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.
, sed invidus coactus Tibi relinquere orbi exhibendas. Diu et suas gazas ex hac terra repor[ta]tas tegit CommerçonCommerçon, Philibert
(1727-1773). French. Naturalist.
Gallus, ut dubitem, an unquam prodeat.[1]

Solander misit 3 plantas pictas ad D[ominum] Murray,Murray, Johan Andreas
(1740-1791). Swedish. Professor of
medicine and botany, Göttingen. Son
of Andreas Murray and brother of Adolph
Murray and Gustaf Murray. Half-brother
of Johann Philipp Murray. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
Profess[orem] Goettingensem, aeri incidendas, sed quales non novi, cum eas non videre contigit.

Miror magnopere, qualia insecta Terra australis contineat. An ulla nostris similia?

AmicusTunstall, Marmaduke
(1743-1790). British. Ornithologist.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
misit plura conchylia, quae se a Solandro accepisse refert, delata e terra australi, sed omnia, uno excepto, reperiuntur in Mari Mediterraneo.

Felicia fata Te ducant et reducant, quod animitus opto. Ter vale!

Upsaliae d[ie] 2 Aprilis 1773.

[address]Viro nobilissimo / D. Doct. Forstero / Florae legato summo

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus hopes that Johann Reinhold Forster will receive his letter at the Cape of Good Hope.

Linnaeus dreamt that he and Forster went up the Table Mountains, i.e., the Devil’s Mountain and the Lion’s Mountain, and collected specimens of Protea, Leucadendron, Arctopus, Gorteria ciliaris, Aspalathus, Erica, etc.

Linnaeus would like Forster to have his dissertation on the Ericae Capenses.

Linnaeus hopes that Forster will reach the Southern Continent safely, so that Linnaeus can receive some plants. Daniel Solander has not sent him a single plant. Linnaeus doubts that Philibert Commerçon will ever publish anything.

Solander sent three painted plants to Johan Andreas Murray at Göttingen to be engraved; Linnaeus has not seen them.

Linnaeus wonders about the insects of the Southern Continent.

A friend has sent to Linnaeus several conchylia, which he has received from Solander. However, with one exception they do not come from the Southern Continent but the Mediterranean.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (Private collection).

upEDITIONS

1. Der Teutsche Merkur (1774), vol. 2, p. 265-266 .

upTEXTUAL NOTES

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upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
Daniel Solander and Joseph BanksBanks, 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.
accompanied Captain James Cook on his first Voyage in 1768-1771. Philibert Commerson took part in Louis Antoine Bouganville’sBouganville, Louis Antoine
(1729-1811). French. Explorer, leader
of the first French circumnavigation of
the earth in 1766-1769.
expedition to Mauritius, Madagascar and La Réunion in 1768; he never published anything.