Linnaeus has requested Claes GrillGrill, Claes (1705-1767).
Swedish. Merchant, owner of the iron
works of Söderfors, Österby
and Iggesund. Director of the Swedish
East India Company. Also known as an art
collector and patron of arts and
sciences. Brother of Anthoni Grill and
Johan Abraham Grill. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. to send him a list of the directors of the East India Company, which has now been sent to him, with the directors listed according to the ranking Grill considers they should have on the basis of their personalities. Thus, Nicolaus SahlgrenSahlgren, Nicolaus (1701-1776).
Swedish. Director of the Swedish East
India Company. , who is simply Director and nothing more, is placed fourth, despite being older than both Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. and Johan Abraham GrillGrill, Johan Abraham
(1719-1799). Swedish. Merchant,
Stockholm. Brother of Anthoni Grill and
Claes Grill. . In this way, Claes Grill hopes that he has succeeded in presenting the directors in the way Linnaeus had requested.
Grill continues, saying that the enclosed letter from Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus. had come to them with a vessel recently arrived from Smirna, together with 12 tortoises, of which some had died during the voyage. The captain of the vessel had requested Grill to care for the animals until further arrangements could be made for them.
Linnaeus is also informed that the Chyrus wine had also arrived, for which Grill would pay customs duties and other expenses. Grill awaited Linnaeusís instructions on where they wine should be sent.
The letter is signed by both CarlosGrill, Carlos (1681-1736).
Swedish. Merchant, Stockholm. Together
with his nephew Claes Grill partner of
the trading house Carlos & Claes
Grill in Stockholm. Also nephew of
Anthoni, Abraham and Johan Abraham
Grill. and Claes Grill.
P.S. Claes Grill thanks Linnaeus for the honour of being invited to visit him the previous evening but makes suitable excuses as to why he had been unable to attend. Grill also mentions that if Hasselquist wishes to send more from Smirna, Linnaeus should inform the Captain as to what he should charge.