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Link: • John Rotheram to Carl Linnaeus, 15 February 1774 n.s.
Dated Febr. 1774. 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
has received a letter from his son [John Rotheram the YoungerRotheram the Younger, John
(c.1750Ė1804). British. Naturalist.
Professor of natural philosophy at St
Andrews, Scotland. Linnaeusís student
1773-1777. Son of John and Catherine
], dated December 5, 1773, and one from Linnaeus, dated January 4 [this letter has not come down to us]. He is very honoured by Linnaeusís care and friendship, and he is equally concerned about his sonís health.

Rotheramís son had carefully described how Linnaeus and his family had helped him during his illness, and Rotheram is eternally grateful for this.

Rotheram had noticed that his son had sometimes got a cough, especially after exposure to the cold, and he had asked him to be cautious. However, the boy had never had bad fevers, so Rotheram does not think it is anything serious. He is quite confident in Linnaeusís care.

Rotheram will be glad to cover the cost for the journey to Tornoa [Torneå] or any other necessary expenses.

Linnaeus had asked about John HillHill, John (1716-1775).
British. Pharmacist, physician and
supervisor of the botanical gardens at
Kew. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who Linnaeus understood had been ill. Rotheram has not heard anything about Hill except that Hillís agent in Newcastle had received a handwritten letter from Hill asking for a settlement of the accounts, which does not seem to be a sign of serious illness.

Rotheram will write a letter to his son soon. As Linnaeusís holds the boyís qualities and diligence in high esteem, Rotheram is eager to wish that God permits Linnaeus to fulfil his plans and be happy.


a. original holograph (LS, XII, 234-235). [1] [2] [3]