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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5281 • Pehr af Bjerkén to Carl Linnaeus, c. 31 December 1760 n.s.
Dated . Sent from () to (). Written in Swedish.

upSUMMARY

Pehr af BjerkénBjerkén, Pehr af
(1731-1774). Swedish. Pupil of
Linnaeus. City medical officer,
Stockholm. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
writes that he has received a letter from JahnkeJahnke, Russian?. Royal
secretary and Commission secretary, St.
Petersburg.
in St. Petersburg asking Linnaeus to recommend the physician-in-ordinary to the Empress of Russia [Elizabeth Petrovna RomanovaPetrovna Romanova, Elizabeth
(1709-1762). Russian. Empress of
Russia. Reigned from 1741-1762.
], David De GorterGorter, David de (1707 or
1717-1783). Dutch. Botanist and
physician. Succeeded his father Johannes
de Gorter as physician-in-ordinary to
the Empress Elizabeth of Russia. Son of
Susanna de Gorter, brother of Herman
Boerhaave de Gorter. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
or membership of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
]. af Bjerkén writes that Jahnke has promised to contribute to the work of the Academy and that he will send Linnaeus two packages. af Bjerkén writes that if Linnaeus approves De Gorter’s membership, the Swedish Consul in St. Petersburg, Delphin Delphin, Swedish. Swedish
Consul, St. Petersburg.
, is instructed to bring any letter or diploma from the Academy and any consignment Linnaeus might send to De Gorter. af Bjerkén has discussed the question with Abraham Bäck Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
and some other persons, who has no objections, if Linnaeis is willing to recommend him. af Bjerkén asks Linnaeus to send a letter by the next postal service to the Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
, i.e., Pehr WilhelmWargentinWargentin, Pehr Wilhelm
(1717-1783). Swedish. Astronomer and
statistician. Secretary of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1749.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] in order Bäck to propose De Gorter’s membership on next Wednesday. af Bjerkén writes that some foreign members of the Academy have not made any contribution to the Academy, but this will not be the case with De Gorter as he is a well-known member of the Societies of Sciences in London, Berlin, St. Petersburg and Uppsala [Royal Society, LondonRoyal Society, London,
British. The Royal Society was founded
in Oxford in 1645 and sanctioned as a
royal society in 1662.
, Königliche Akademie der Wissenschaften, Royal Academy of Sciences in BerlinKönigliche Akademie der
Wissenschaften, Royal Academy of
Sciences in Berlin
German.
Founded at the instigation of Leibniz in
1700 as the
Kurfürstlich-Brandenburgische
Societät der Wissenschaften. In
1744 it merged with the
Société Littéraire
du Berlin (which had been founded in
1743) to form the Königliche
Akademie der Wissenschaften.
, Imperatorskaja akademija nauk, Imperial Academy of SciencesImperatorskaja akademija nauk,
Imperial Academy of Sciences

Russian. Imperial Academy of Sciences of
St Petersburg, founded in 1725. Its
publications are Commentarii
Academiae Scientiarum Imperialis
Petropolitanae
, 1-14 (1726 -
1744/1746 [i.e. pub. 1728 - 1751]) and
Novi Commentarii Academiae
Scientiarum Imperialis
Petropolitanae
, 1-20 (1747/1748 -
1775 [i.e. pub. 1750 - 1776]).
and Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala, Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala,
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
]. af Bjerkén will write to Jahnke next Tuesday and hopefully he can then say that Linnaeus has contributed to this election.

af Bjerkén writes that he has received a letter from Richard GuyGuy, Richard British. Surgeon,
famous for his remedy for curing cancer
using a black salve.
and learned that a letter to Linnaeus was enclosed in a letter sent to him [af Bjerkén] from Guy last summer. This letter has, unfortunately, gone missing and af Bjerkén asks Linnaeus if he by any chance has received it, and if so if af Bjerkén would like to know the date of the letter. If not af Bjerkén will try to find out who has stolen the letter. af Bjerkén writes that in his latest letter Guy has promised to send new goldfishes to Linnaeus and that Daniel SolanderSolander, Daniel (1733-1782).
Swedish. Naturalist, explorer. Student
in Uppsala under Linnaeus and Johan
Gottschalk Wallerius. Went to London in
1760. Curator of natural history
collections at the British Museum.
Botanist on Cook’s first voyage
1768-1771. Joseph Bank’s librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will arrange the shipment.

af Bjerkén writes that due to a Swedish ship being stuck in Norway during the winter his stock of Guy’s specific drug is running out and he asks Linnaeus to send him some of Linnaeus’s own drug and he hopes that he will be able to examine and compare this drug with the one he has and that it will have the same or similar effect and that he has three patients waiting for treatment.

af Bjerkén writes that Guy has mentioned in several of his letters that he would be honoured to be appointed a member of the societies of Uppsala [the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala] or Stockholm [the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences]. af Bjerkén also writes that two copies of Guy’s book about cancer [An Essay on Scirrhous Tumours, and CancersGuy, Richard An Essay on
Scirrhous Tumours, and Cancers [...] To
which are added, the Histories of Cases
Cured by the Author, by means of Mr.
Plunkett's Medicine
(London, 1759)
] are onboard the same ship in Norway. One copy of this book will be sent to Linnaeus. A new edition with several additions will be published shortly.

af Bjerkén writes that according to his opinion Guy is a clever surgeon, has a great love of natural history, but he is not brilliant. On the other hand he is a wealthy man who could possibly make contributions to Linnaeus’s collections

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, II, 25-28). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 219-221   p.219  p.220  p.221.