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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5896 • Carl Linnaeus to Christian Gottlieb Ludwig, 13 July 1753 n.s.
Dated 13 julii 1753. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Leipzig (Germany). Written in Latin.

D[omino] D[octori] C[HRISTIANO] G[OTTLIEB] LUDWIGIO,
Professori Medico Lipsiensi,
Amico antiquo,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus
Equ[es].

Impulsu communis nostri Amici D[omini] D[octoris] BeckiiBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, Regni Collegii Medici Praesidis et Archiatri Regii, cui quidquam denegare vetat infucata amicitia, hisce tua otia tuasque curas interpello.

Munus Professorium, Discipulorum turba, ampla familia, anni ingravescentes, valetudo minus fixa aliaque negotia cum aetate multiplicata in caussa fuere, quod e longo tempore non scripserim et intra arctas convalles commercia mea incluserim. Intellexi tamen per amicos Te perenni coma florere et laetatus sum. Vidi fata eruditorum dependere ex ore Tuo et D[omini] HalleriHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Vidi mitiorem semper Tuam censuram in me olim tecum, quod agnosco.

Audivi Te Materiam Medicam suscepisse, quod medicis omnibus gratulor. Utinam posses eruere plantas Medicas ab omni aevo obscuras, de quibus ego nullam obtinui lucem!

Ut valet Tuus Hortus olim WaltheriWalther, Augustin Friederich
(1688-1746). German. Physican and
botanist, professor of anatomy and
surgery at Leipzig.
? In nostro me delectant minutissimae plantae Hispanicae a LoeflingioLöfling, Pehr (1729-1756).
Swedish. Botanist and explorer. Studied
under Linnaeus. Went to Spain in 1751
and took part in the Spanish expedition
to Venezuela in 1754, where he died.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[1] nostro missae antea saepe a nullo observatae.

Hodie ultima philyra specierum plantarum vol[uminis] secundi e typo prodiit[2] nec non Museum Lapideum Comitis de TessinTessin, Carl Gustaf
(1695-1770). Swedish. Count, important
politician and patron of science and
art. He supported Swedish artists and
scientists and collected art, books and
natural history objects. He assisted
Linnaeus’s career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
.[3]

Quae in Botanicis nova habui omnia congessi in Species plantarum.

Novam adorno editionem Specierum plantarum[4] et Florae[5] ac Faunae[6] Svecicae.

Museum Pot[entissimi] RegisAdolf 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.
[7] absolvi, ReginaeLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, ut spero, intra mensem absolvam.[8] Continet prius Animalia omnis generis. Posterius absolutam collectionem Conchiliorum, insectorum indicorum & Coralliorum et Crystallorum.

Te semel D[eus] T[er] O[ptimus] in seros annos.

Vale!

Dabam Upsaliae d[ie] 13 julii 1753.

[address] a Monsieur / Monsieur Christ. Gottl. / Ludwig / Professeur en Botanique / Leipzig.

upSUMMARY

Abraham Bäck has encouraged Linnaeus to write to Christian Gottlieb Ludwig. Linnaeus knows through friends that Ludwig is successful. Linnaeus realises that the fate of learned men is dependent on the opinions of Ludwig and Albrecht von Haller. Ludwig’s criticism of Linnaeus has become milder.

Linnaeus has heard that Ludwig has started to work with pharmacology (materia medica). He hopes that Ludwig will search out medical plants that have been obscure during all ages and which Linnaeus has not been able to elicit.

Linnaeus wonders what August Friedrich Walther’s Garden looks like. In the Uppsala University Botanical Garden, Linnaeus is enjoying Pehr Löfling’s Spanish plants.

Linnaeus has received the last sheets of the second volume of Species plantarum and Museum Tessinianum.

Linnaeus has inserted new discoveries in botany in Species plantarum.

Linnaeus is preparing a new edition of Species plantarum, Flora Svecica and Fauna Svecica.

Linnaeus has finished Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis Suecorum. In a month he will finish Museum S:ae M:tis Ludovicae Ulricae reginae.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA). [1] [2]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
Pehr Löfling went to Spain in 1751. He took part in the Spanish expedition to Venezuela, where he died of fever in 1756.
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Linnaeus, Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
, 2nd ed. (1762-1763).
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