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Even in his early years, Linnæus seemed to have a liking for plants, flowers in particular.Whenever he was upset, he was given a flower, which immediately calmed him.The Linnean Society of London has digitised 197 titles from Linnaeus's personal library, through the generous support of the Andrew W.Mellon Foundation, which are freely available online.The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau sent him the message: "Tell him I know no greater man on earth." In older publications, sometimes the abbreviation "Linn." is found (for instance in: Cheeseman, T. Linnæus was born in the village of Råshult in Småland, Sweden, on .
Before that, ancestors had used the patronymic naming system of Scandinavian countries: his father was named Ingemarsson after his father Ingemar Bengtsson.
When Linnaeus was seven, Nils decided to hire a tutor for him.
The parents picked Johan Telander, a son of a local yeoman.
The texts and the summaries are searchable, as is the database.
The Linnean Society of London's Linnaean Correspondence Collection can also be searched online.