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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5002 • Anders Jahan Retzius to Carl Linnaeus, 8 May 1774 n.s.
Dated 8 Maji 1774. Sent from Lund (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Wälborne Herr Archiater och Riddare
af Kongl[ig] Maijts Nordstjerneorden.

Jämte et programme som herr Professor Rottböll lämnade mig at til Herr Archiatern och Riddaren öfwerstÿra, tar jag mig den friheten öfwersända min egen Disputation.

En kär discipel begärte mit praesidium; at utarbeta något svivie medgaf icke tiden, derföre plockade jag något ur mina annotationer. Finnes något deribland som winner Herr Archiaterns och Riddarens approbation, är det den största heder jag derföre kan winna.

Wid den så kallade Tussilago spuria som nu blommar i Academie trädgården bör anmärkas at hos en eller annan flos femineus skiuter stylus så långt ut at den står öfwer; men på de fläste pasar descriptionen i Disputation alldeles.

I Köpenhamn såg jag hos EtatsRådet Holm des werk Fungi Regni Daniae; et superbt arbete men som aldrig blir färdigt och obeskrifweligen dyrt. det skal redan kosta öfwer 12000 Riks D[ale]r förlag.

Justitia Råd Fr[ederik] Müller wiste mig en otalig mängd nÿe Vermes Marini samt Insecta Aquatica mäst från Norige, samt stamina och Pistill hos Jungermanniae. Han skall fortsätta Oeders Flora Danica.

Prof[essor] Rottböll är af Hypochondre nästan obeqwäm at arbeta, dock bättre än han warit en tid. Jag såg en mängd teckningar på Panica til Liber secundus Iconum.

Jag innesluter mig i Herr Archiaterns grace och har den ähran med outsläckelig wördnad framhärda.

Wälborne Herr Archiaterns och Riddarens
ödmiukaste tjenare
And[ers] Jah[an] Retzius

Lund d[ie] 8 Maji 1774.

upSUMMARY

Anders Jahan RetziusRetzius, Anders Jahan
(1742-1821). Swedish. Botanist and
zoologist. Professor of natural history
at Lund. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
writes to Linnaeus and tells him that he is enclosing a programme from Christian Friis RottböllRottböll, Christian Friis
(1727-1797). Danish. Botanist and
physician. Professor of medicine at
Copenhagen. Linnaeus’s student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[Retzius refers presumably to, Descriptiones plantarum rariorum iconibus illustrandas : cum earum, quae primo proximeque prodituro fasciculo continebuntur, elencho, programmateRottböll, Christian Friis
Descriptiones plantarum rariorum
iconibus illustrandas : cum earum, quae
primo proximeque prodituro fasciculo
continebuntur, elencho, programmate :
quo lectiones in horto botanico ao.
1772
(Köpenhamn, 1772).
] as well as his own thesis [Retzius refers to his, Fasciculus Observationum botanicarumRetzius, Anders Jahan & Magnus
Gustaf Sahlstedt
Fasciculus
Observationum botanicarum, quem &c
Praeses Mag:r Anders Jahan Retzius et
Respondens Magnus Gustaf Sahlstedt
holmiensis, stipend. reg. publico
Botanophilorum Examini submittunt ad
diem XXIII. martii MDCCLXXIV
, (Lund,
1774).
; in Fasciculus Observationum botanicarum primusRetzius, Anders Jahan
Fasciculus Observationum botanicarum
primus. Cum figuris aenis
(Leipzig,
1779).
Retzius also published some observations previously discussed in 1774].

A dear student of his [Magnus Gustaf SahlstedtSahlstedt, Magnus Gustaf
Swedish.
] wanted Retzius to preside at his dissertation. Due to lack of time he has sent some of his notes and hopes that Linnaeus finds them of interest.

He writes that Tussilago spuria is flowering in the Academic Garden [of the University of Lund] and adds some remarks about that, but that it mostly corresponds to the description in the thesis [Fasciculus Observationum botanicarum primus].

In Copenhagen, at “EtatsRådet Holm”, he has seen “Fungi Regni Daniae”, a beautiful work, but he doubts that it will ever be finished and that it is very expensive, the cost is already about 12 000 Riks Dr.

He writes that Otto Frederik MüllerMüller, Otto Frederik
(1730-1784). Danish. Zoologist.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has shown him a number of new marine worms and aquatic insects mostly from Norway as well as stamen and pistils of Jungermanniae. Müller will continue with Georg Christian von Oeder’s Oeder, Georg Christian von
(1728-1791). German/Danish. Botanist
and economist. Studied under Albrecht
von Haller in Göttingen and became
professor of botany at Copenhagen.
Minister of finance for Norway. Started
the publishing of Flora Danica.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, [Flora danica]. Icones plantarum sponte nascentium in regnis Daniae et NorvegiaeOeder, Georg Christian von
[Flora danica.] [Flora danica].
Icones plantarum sponte nascentium in
regnis Daniae et Norvegiae, in ducatibus
Slesvici et Holsatiae, et in comitatibus
Oldenburgi et Delmenhorstiae: ad
illustrandum opus de iisdem plantis,
regio jussu exarandum, Florae danicae
nomine inscriptum
, 17 vol., Suppl.
(1 v.) (Copenhagen 1766 [i.e.
1761]-1883).

He tells that Rotböll suffers from hypochondria and can hardly work although he is better now. Retzius writes that he has seen several drawings of Panica to “Liber secundus Iconum” [Retzius refers to an expected forthcoming second volume of Descriptionum et iconum rariores et pro maxima parte novas plantas illustrantium liber primusRottböll, Christian Friis
Descriptionum et iconum rariores et
pro maxima parte novas plantas
illustrantium liber primus

(Köpenhamn, 1773).
].

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, XII, 178-179). [1] [2] [3]