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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5270 • Carl Linnaeus to Johan Ernst Gunnerus, 4 July 1762 n.s.
Dated 1762. d. 4 julii.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Trondheim (Norway). Written in Latin.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus is happy to have received a letter from Johan Ernst GunnerusGunnerus, Johan Ernst
(1718-1773). Norwegian. Bishop of
Trondheim. Together with Gerhard
Schøning and Peter Friederich
Suhm he founded in 1760 Det Kongelige
Norske Videnskabers Selskab [The Royal
Norwegian Society of Sciences and
Letters]. Author of Flora
Norvegica
(1766-1776). Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
dated 24 April [1762]Letter L2899. In vain he has tried to obtain the Acta of the Society of Trondheim [Linnaeus refers to the publications of 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
Norwegian.
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
Skrifter
, 1-3 (1761-1765) and Det
Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs
Skrifter
, 4-5 (1768-1774).
, Det Trondhiemske Selskabs SkrifterDet Kongelige Norske Videnskabers
Selskab, The Royal Norwegian Society of
Sciences and Letters
Det
Trondhiemske Selskabs Skrifter
, 1-3
(1761-1765).
]. He is pleased with the fact that God has chosen Gunnerus to explore the secrets of Nature in the remotest parts of the north.

Gunnerus’s description of the Chimaera monstrosa is indeed very satisfying. However, Linnaeus does not quite understand what is meant with the four holes on the side of the neck. In his own dried specimen, as well as in that of the King’s [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], there is only one. Linnaeus wishes that they together could examine all the rare birds which Gunnerus possesses well preserved. Linnaeus is eager to receive the Acta of the Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, since they contain so many birds drawn by Gunnerus.

Centrine is definitely a Squalus; it has nothing in common with the Chimaera.

If Gunnerus so wishes he can send Linnaeus a cleaned bird or fish. Linnaeus will then give his opinion.

It would be wonderful to see a tame Lagopus.

”Skua höieri” might be Larus parasiticus.

P.S. Gunnerus should be able to achieve more than anybody else in Norway, since he has all the theologians of the region under his command.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (Norges teknisk-naturvetenskapliga universitetsbiblioteket, Trondheim, Priv. arch. 277. Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskabs Arkiv ).

upEDITIONS

1. Biskop Gunnerus' virksomhed fornemmelig som botaniker (1897), vol. III, p. 363-364 .
2. Brevveksling (1976), p. 13-14 .