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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 24 October 1774 n.s.
Dated 1774 Octobr. 24. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Wien (Austria). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus hopes that Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
had received his latest letter (1 September 1774Letter L5029), where he had reported on the books. He repeats, however, the main facts: The books have arrived and have been transferred to the library, and the librarian Berge FrondinFrondin, Berge (1718-1783).
Swedish. Doctor of history and political
science at Uppsala. Librarian at the
university library.
will pay. However, Frondin does not understand the currency, Chemnitzian gold ducats, so he wants to have it in Belgian ducats instead. He will pay at once when he knows the sum.

Linnaeus reports that he had had a stroke that summer during a public lecture. It had made him partly lame, unable to stand and unable to move. However, he had kept his intellectual vigour, and after some weeks he had recovered fairly well but still was very weak.

Jacquin should forward thanks to DickDick, Johann Jakob (1742-1775).
Swiss. Botanist, clergyman.
for the material sent.

Linnaeus comments on several of the plates received, more in detail on Cineraria, Lepidium petraeum, and Hieracium montanum.

Linnaeus wants seeds of Bryonia and admits that he may have forgotten the matter of the Doronicum.

Some additional botanical notes are given, after which the letter ends with a renewed request for the price of the books in Belgian ducats and for advice on whom to contact in the Austrian embassy in Stockholm for transfer of the money.



a. original holograph (UUB, G152g). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 141-143   p.141  p.142  p.143.