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Link: • Johan Jacob Ferber to Carl Linnaeus, 30 July 1773 n.s.
Dated 30 Julii 1773. Sent from Zedlitz (Poland) to (). Written in Swedish.


Johan Jakob FerberFerber, Johan Jacob
(1743-1790). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Mitau, of mineralogy at St
Petersburg. Superintendent of the board
of mines, Berlin. Correspondent of
expects that by now his letter [26 August 1772Letter L4711] from Regensburg during the previous autumn must have reached Linnaeus.

Since then Ferber had been at his good friend Ignaz von BornísBorn, Ignaz von (1741-1791).
Austrian. Imperial counsellor of mines,
Vienna. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
country estate, visiting numerous mining facilities and towns in that region of Germany. He plans to return, God willing, to Sweden during the coming autumn. Ferber had no greater wish than to leave his home and visit Stockholm and Upsala in order to visit Linnaeus but feared that there would be little chance of that happening in the near future. Nonetheless, Ferber hopes that Linnaeus will remain a friend and occasionally think about his most devoted disciple and servant.

On the occasion when the learned society in Siena [Accademia dei Fisiocritici] last month changed its name to an Academy of Sciences [Accademia della scienza] under the protection of His Royal Highness the Archduke, one of the members, Ferberís good friend Giovanni ArduiniArduino, Giovanni (1714-1795).
Italian. Geologist and superintendent of
agriculture. Brother of Pietro Arduino.
, superintendent of the estate in the Venetian Provinces and brother of Pietro ArduinoArduino, Pietro (1728-1805).
Italian. Professor of economy, Padua.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Padua, was requested to propose new members, and took the liberty of proposing Linnaeus. Consequently, on June 16th Linnaeus was elected member of the Academy and Giovanni Arduini respectfully requested Ferber to report on this matter. At the same time, the Academyís secretary, Domenico BartaloniBartaloni, Domenico
(1726-1798). Italian. Secretary at the
Accademia della scienza in Siena.
, wrote to Ferber asking him to send the enclosed letter to Linnaeus informing Linnaeus of his election until an authentic Diploma could be sent. Ferber hoped that Linnaeus will thank Ferberís friends, Giovanni and Pietro Arduino for this recognition. Bartoliniís letter was not sealed and Ferber took the opportunity to reduce his own postage expenses. However, to reduce weight he had removed the envelope and thereby noticed that the Secretary had made an innocent mistake as he thought that Linnaeus himself had asked for membership. Ferber hoped that Linnaeus would accept this minor error, especially as the Secretary on the following day had asked Ferber to convey his apologies.

Ferber also had the honour of including a letter [13 March 1773Letter L4817] from Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Hungary that had recently reached Ferber together with some books for Linnaeus. That letter was also unsealed and not even folded, but lay among the three books Scopoli mentions, and which Linnaeus will receive without delay after Ferberís return to Sweden.

Ferber requests Linnaeus to reply to Bartaloniís letter and to mention that Ferber had sent it correctly. If necessary, Linnaeus could send the reply via Ferber and if so the address would be to Johann Carl Friedrich MeyerMeyer, Johann Carl Friedrich
(1739-1811). German. Pharmacist,
Stettin. Linnaeusís student 1764-1766.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Stettin, Pommerania.


a. (LS, IV, 155-156). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 76-78   p.76  p.77  p.78.