Scheffer"s father Peter Scheffer was a governor. He had a younger brother called Ulrik Scheffer. When he was sixteen, Carl began working in the royal office as an unpaid employee.
Within a year he had begun to record the minutes of the councilors" meetings
He then left his job to travel and spent four years abroad.
Swedish Academy; Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences]
Scheffer was elected a member of the Swedish Academy. He was one of the 13 people who were personally appointed by Gustav III when the Academy was created, but he died before he had been formally installed as a member.