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Link: • Carl Peter Thunberg to Carl Linnaeus, 1 September 1773 n.s.
Dated d. 1 Sept. 1773.. Sent from Cape Town (South Africa) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Carl Peter ThunbergThunberg, Carl Peter
(1743-1828). Swedish. Botanist,
physician, explorer. Professor of
medicine and botany at Uppsala. Studied
medicine under Linnaeus in Uppsala,
medicine and surgery in Paris, natural
history under Johannes Burman in
Amsterdam. Travelled in South Africa in
1772-1775, in Japan 1775-1776, Java and
Ceylon in 1777-1778. Correspondent of
will soon set out on his second expedition to the interior Africa. He has prepared a parcel containing this year’s harvest to be taken by an officer to England in December, then to Holland, then by post to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
in Stockholm who will deliver it to Linnaeus. Thunberg has enclosed a list of the plants with identifications but without detailed descriptions.

If he returns back safely he hopes to be able to send the results of the expedition to Linnaeus.

In March or April [next year] he will leave the Cape for Batavia and Japan.

If Linnaeus writes to Thunberg, the letters will be taken care of and forwarded by Mr Fehrzen. So far he has not received any letter from Linnaeus; maybe Linnaeus has sent a letter with a ship from the Swedish East India Company [Svenska Ostindiska KompanietSvenska Ostindiska Kompaniet,
Swedish. The Swedish East India Company
(SOIC) was a Swedish trading company
formed in 1731. The company was
dissolved in 1813.
], which will pass the Cape.

Thunberg comments on Cliffortia polygama about which he has now changed his mind.

The new genus he named Stellina he now wants to name Fabricia in order to honour Linnaeus’ s disciple, Johan Christian FabriciusFabricius, Johan Christian
(1745-1808). Danish. Professor of
economy and natural history in
Copenhagen. Linnaeus’s pupil 1762-1764.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. He has sent a complete description of it to the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters [Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers SelskabDet Kongelige Norske Videnskabers
Selskab, The Royal Norwegian Society of
Sciences and Letters
Founded in 1760 by Johan Ernst Gunnerus,
Gerhard Schøning Peter Friederich
Suhm as the Trondhiemske Selskab (the
Trondheim Society). It received Royal
affirmation of its statues in 1767 and
became the Kongelige Norske Videnskabers
Selskab (the Royal Norwegian Society of
Sciences and Letters). Its publications
are Det Trondhiemske Selskabs
, 1-3 (1761-1765) and Det
Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs
, 4-5 (1768-1774).
]. He is enclosing a generic description.

A sample of of Limosella is enclosed, in the latest [edition of] Mantissa [Thunberg refers to the Mantissa plantarum altera, 2nd edLinnaeus, Carl Mantissa
plantarum altera
(1766), 2nd ed.
(Stockholm 1771). Soulsby no. 312.
], called diandra.

The small enclosed Ixia he calls [Ixia]setacea.


a. original holograph (LS, XV, 281-282). [1] [2] [3]