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Link: • John Rotheram to Carl Linnaeus, 17 August 1773 n.s.
Dated Augusti 17mo 1773.. Sent from Newcastle (Great Britain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


John RotheramRotheram, John British.
Physician, Newcastle. Husband of
Catherine Rotheram, father of John
Rotheram the Younger. Correspondent of
thanks Linnaeus for a letter [this letter has not come down to us] which has pleased him very much. Anybody who loves both erudition and children can understand that.

Rotheram’s son [John Rotheram the YoungerRotheram the Younger, John
(c.1750–1804). British. Naturalist.
Professor of natural philosophy at St
Andrews, Scotland. Linnaeus’s student
1773-1777. Son of John and Catherine
] has shown such good qualities in his studies that Rotheram has almost never had reason to reprehend him for anything, except for a few juvenile mistakes.

When the young man had grown up and left the age of play, he turned to mathematics, astronomy, physics, medicine and – lately – botany. He had asked to be permitted to study under Linnaeus, which his father had easily granted, and Linnaeus’s favourable reaction to this had made both parents, now rather old, very happy.

So Rotheram asks Linnaeus to accept the young man among his students as a token. If Rotheram can be of any service to Linnaeus from the region where he lives, he will do so as far as he can.

Rotheram wishes that God will grant Linnaeus a long life for the advancement of science and the benefit of mankind.


a. original holograph (LS, XII, 232-233). [1] [2] [3]