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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Frederick Calvert, 6th Lord of Baltimore, 15 August 1769 n.s.
Dated 1769. 15. Augusti:. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to ? (). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus is glad that Frederick Calvert, 6th Lord of BaltimoreBaltimore, Frederick Calvert, 6th
Lord of
(1731-1771). Irish. Peer.
Owner of the colony of Maryland. English
writer. Visited Linnaeus at Hammarby in
1769. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
reached Russia so soon, and he congratulates himself that Lord Baltimore has not forgotten him.

Linnaeus thanks Lord Baltimore for the continuations of his poem about his journey [Linnaeus refers to the poetic travel books, later published as Gaudia poeticaBaltimore, Frederick Calvert, 6th
Lord of
Gaudia poetica. Latina,
Anglica, et Gallica lingua composita,
Ao. 1769.
1770). Soulsby no. 2588.
]. Linnaeus can see that Lord Baltimore has a natural talent for poetry. When Virgil described the metemphychosis, he said that he had been Achilles in an earlier life, and in the same way Lord Baltimore could say that he had been Virgil. Linnaeus has heard much about the generosity of the Russian empress [Catherine IICatherine II, (1729-1796).
Russian. Empress of Russia, reigned from
1762-1796. Wife of Peter III.
] but nobody has given a livelier picture than Lord Baltimore. Linnaeus has read Lord Baltimore’s work about his journey to the Orient [Linnaeus refers to A tour to the east, in the years 1763 and 1764Baltimore, Frederick Calvert, 6th
Lord of
A tour to the east, in
the years 1763 and 1764 : With remarks
on the city of Constantinople and the
Turks. Also select pieces of oriental
wit, poetry and wisdom
] with great pleasure, since Lord Baltimore has the ability to write a short and accurate argument where others would use a lot of words. Linnaeus follows Lord Baltimore in his prayers, and he imagines that he has Lord Baltimore with him each time he looks at the very precious gift that Lord Baltimore has given him, the most valuable he has ever received from anybody [Linnaeus refers presumably to a golden snuff box presented to him by Lord Baltimore]. He wishes all good for Lord Baltimore in the future.


a. contemporary copy (BL, Vol. LXII of Bishop Kennettīs Collections, Landsdowne Ms 996., 156v). [1]


1. Gaudia poetica (1790), p. XXXVI-XXXVII .
2. A journey in the year 1793 (1795), p. 355-356 .
3. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 144-145   p.144  p.145.