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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0031 • Carl Linnaeus to Gabriel Gyllengrip, 3 September 1734 n.s.
Dated 1734 den 23 Aug.. Sent from Falun (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.

Högwälborne Hr Baron och Landshöfdinge

Nu änteligen har jag absolverat min 7 weckors långa resa genom Öster och Wäster dalarne, Dalska fiellarne och något litet in i Norrige, hwarest iag hafft Extraordinarie Observationer uti Historia Naturali och oeconomicis, at förnöja min lystna med. Ewar dag har jag, hållit journal uti Geographicis, Physicis, Mineralogicis, Botanicis, Zoologicis, Domesticis och Oeconomicis. Har och fått projecter huru, fiällen possiblast skulle kunna cultiveras genom rotwäxter,[1] hwartill Naturen gifwit mig åtskillige exempel genom en ny autopsie- Ack kunne man få såleds resa ge nom alla provincier i Swerige, näml. en hwar sommar, hur mycket skulle icke då upfinnas för riket! Hur skulle man icke af en province lära, hur en annor facillare kunne cultiveras. Jag är aldeles i den tanckan at en sådan tienst i Sverige skulle profitera mehr än både Poetiska, graekiska och Metaphysiska professioner wid någor academia, fast publicum kunne inrätta en tienst me långt mindre depance än någor af de förra.[2] Nu ligger jag i Fahlun, så länge Högwälb. Hr Landshöfd. ReuterholmReuterholm, Nils (1676-1756).
Swedish. Nobleman, diplomat and public
official, governor of Dalecarlia.
Reuterholm showed interest in science
and correponded with Leibniz and
others. He admired Linnaeus and paid for
his journey in Dalecarlia in 1734.
består mig kost och kammar, sedan måsle jag wähl till dett bedröfliga Upsala; hur det går med mig framdeles, råder den store Guden, som böjer mäcktige gynnares hiärtan mig till undsättning. Jag har hört, at dett D. RosenRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
drifwet, att ingen skall få blifwa Doctor utom lands skall collegium medicum redan utwärkat, hkt är wärkel. mäst intenderat på mig, att iag skall näkas hamn genom wänner och wänners wänner, och utresa eij få, der lyckan er gång skulle gifwa klar sohl.[3] Jag bönfaller hoos Högwälborne Hr Landshöfdingen om åtanka, der någon öpning gofwes, och framhärdar med diupaste wördnad

Högwälborne Hr Landshöfdingens

allerödmiukaste tienare

Carl Linnaeus

Fahlun 1734 den 23 Aug.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus says he has concluded a seven-week journey through Dalecarlia, which took him to the eastern and western parts of Dalecarlia, to the mountains and over the border into Norway. He has made observations in natural history and economy. He has kept a diary with notes on geography, physics, mineralogy, botany, zoology, animal husbandry and economy. He has discovered how edible roots can be grown in the mountains. Nature itself gave him many examples which he has seen with his own eyes. He hopes to travel through all the provinces of Sweden to make the same kind of useful observations. He is sure that such an assignment would be of more use than any professorial chair in poetry, Greek or metaphysics at any of the universities. It would also be less costly.

He will now stay at Governor Nils Reuterholm’s house as long as he is provided with board and lodging, but later he will have to go to deplorable Uppsala. He does not know what will happen to him there but he hopes God will send him a Maecenas. He has also heard that Doctor Rosén has suggested that it should not be possible for students to get their doctor’s degree abroad, a step he suspects has been taken in order to prevent him from going abroad.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (RA, Cammar-Oeconomie-och Commerce-Deputationens vid 1734 års riksdag handlingar). b. (Luleå Allmänna Läroverks Bibliotek).

upEDITIONS

1. Minne af von Linné (1808), vol. 2, p. 91 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 242-244   p.242  p.243  p.244.

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
In 1754 Linnaeus published his notes on useful plants for cultivation in the mountains. See KVAH Kungliga
Vetenskapsakademiens handlingar

(1739-) (Transactions of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences).
1754, 182-189.
2.
Natural history as a university subject was transferred in Uppsala from the Faculty of Arts to the Faculty of Medicine. The professors however often neglected to give lectures in general natural history. The situation had been under debate in the Royal Society of Sciences of Uppsala in the 1720s and the Society decided that the Chancellor should be advised not to appoint a new professor for the vacant chair in Latin poetry and that this should be replaced by a new chair in natural history.
3.
Linnaeus’s suspicions were based on unfounded rumour. See Fries, Linné. LefnadsteckningFries, T. M. Linné.
Lefnadsteckning
, I-II (Stockholm
1903).
, I, 188-189.