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Link: • Peder Ascanius to Carl Linnaeus the Younger, 15 December 1782 n.s.
Dated xbre 15. 1782. Sent from Trondheim (Norway) to (). Written in Danish.


Peder AscaniusAscanius, Peder (1723-1803).
Danish. Naturalist. Inspector of mines,
Norway. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is sorry that he has not answered Carl Linnaeus the Younger’sLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his father’s lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeus’s
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
letter regarding Linnaeus’s death, his own learned teacher. But Ascanius lives so far away that he has almost stopped writing letters.

Ascanius is sorry that he has almost survived himself. In the end Isaac NewtonNewton, Isaac (1642-1727).
British. Mathematician, physicist and
astronomer. Professor of mathematics at
Cambridge 1669. President of the Royal
Society 1703. Published Philosophiae
naturalis principia mathematica

(1687) and Opticks (1704).
did not know even his own science. Thus youth is beautiful, manhood is pleasant but old age is a nuisance to everybody. Thirty years ago learned people mostly devoted themselves to studies in natural history. But sciences change all the time. Joseph PriestleyPriestly, Joseph (1733-1804).
British. Preacher, polyhistorian,
discovered oxygene.
and Antoine de LavoisierLavoisier, Antoine de
(1743-1794). French. Chemist, noted for
his discovery of the role oxygen plays
in combustion and for other significant
contributions to the field of
have made great progress in chemistry. Johan Carl WilckeWilcke, Johan Carl (1732-1796).
Swedish. Physicist. In 1759
"Thamian lecturer" of
experimental physics at the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences, of which he
was the secretary from 1784. Son of
Samuel Gustaf Wilcke. Correspondent of
has made discoveries related to fire.

Marcus Elieser BlochBloch, Marcus Elieser
(1723-1799). German. Physician and
naturalist, ichtyologist, Berlin.
in Berlin studies fishes [Ascanius refers to Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der FischeBloch, Marcus Elieser
Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der
, 12 vols. (Berlin
]. 40 illustrations are already published and there are 60 more to come. He might send some to Bloch to be published in Berlin. Ascanius fears that Johan Gottschalk WalleriusWallerius, Johan Gottschalk
(1709-1785). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Uppsala.
is the only one of his friends in Uppsala that is still alive. Ascanius has recently read Wallerius’s ”Verldenes danande” [Ascanius refers to Tankar om verldenes, i synnerhet jordenes, danande och ändringWallerius, Johan Gottschalk
Tankar om verldenes, i synnerhet
jordenes, danande och ändring

(Stockholm, 1776).
], which he enjoyed.

Ascanius’s letter will be delivered through Count Smettau [SmaettauSmaettau, . Count. ] and Johan Thomas HornemanHorneman, Johan Thomas
(1740-1825). Norwegian. Captain,
who will go to Stockholm. If it is possible for Linnaeus the Younger to send him some copies of Nova Literaria [Ascanius refers to the transactions of the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala, Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
, i.e. Nova actaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Nova acta societatis
regiæ scientiarum Upsaliensis
14 vols. (1773-1850).
], they can be sent to Peder StammerStammer, Peder
Norwegian/Danish. Merchant, Stockholm.
, merchant in Stockholm, who can send them on to Peder FalkFalk, Peder Norwegian. in Trondheim.


a. original holograph (LS, I, 203-204). [1] [2]


1. “Af Linnés brevvexling” (1871), p. 376-378   p.376  p.377  p.378.