Linnaeus is delighted to be writing to Jonas HollstenHollsten, Jonas (1717-1789).
Swedish. Schoolmaster, dean, botanist.
Linnaeus’s student. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. on the occasion of his being appointed to be Dean of Luleå.
Now that Hollsten is bidding farewell to the majestic mountains, Linnaeus urges him to also bid farewell to the mountain flowers on his, Linnaeus’s, behalf as he fears he will never see them again.
Linnaeus grasps the opportunity to ask Hollsten for specimens of Rhodiola and Sonchus Alpinus, which he has never cultivated before.
Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. and Pehr Wilhelm WargentinWargentin, Pehr Wilhelm
(1717-1783). Swedish. Astronomer and
statistician. Secretary of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1749.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. join Linnaeus in congratulating Hollsten on his promotion and wish him a long life if the Lord so desires.
P.S. Linnaeus urges Hollsten to start a garden when he arrives in “the promised land” of Luleå. Linnaeus promises to fill this garden with rare plants, namely the Siberian, which tolerate more severe cold than mountain plants. Linnaeus has about a couple of hundred of these in his garden, and had also received four or five hundred different types of seed during the past summer from the Russian Empress [Catherine IICatherine II, (1729-1796).
Russian. Empress of Russia, reigned from
1762-1796. Wife of Peter III. ], most of which had already grown into plants in Linnaeus’s Siberian garden at Hammarby. Peter Simon PallasPallas, Peter Simon
(1741-1811). German. Naturalist and
explorer. Pallas studied at the
universities of Göttingen and
Leiden. In 1768 he was called to Russia
to take part in an expedition to
Siberia, the aim of which was to study
the passage of Venus. Pallas remained in
Russia for the greater part of his life.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. , Samuel Gottlieb GmelinGmelin, Samuel Gottlieb
(1745-1774). German. Professor of
botany at the Imperial Academy of
Sciences in St Petersburg. In 1764 he
travelled in Eastern Russia and the
provinces south of the Caspian sea. He
completed the Flora Sibirica
(1747-1769) of his uncle Johann Georg
Gmelin. Correspondent of Linnaeus. , Johan Peter FalckFalck, Johan Peter (1732-1774).
Swedish. Professor of botany and
curator of the botanical garden of St
Petersburg. Correspondent of Linnaeus. and Anton Johann Güldenstedt Güldenstedt, Anton Johann
(1745-1781). German. Professor, St.
Petersburg. , who had travelled for some years in Siberia on botanic journeys, had collected