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Link: • Johan Hesselius to Carl Linnaeus, 22 February 1743 n.s.
Dated d. 11 Febr. 1743.. Sent from ÷rebro (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Johan HesseliusHesselius, Johan (1687-1752).
Swedish. Physician. Regional physician
of Närke-Västmanland.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for the pleasant time they had in Falun and regrets that time was so short that he could no longer benefit from the company of Linnaeus.

Hesselius then relates that a couple of days earlier, as requested by Linnaeus, he had sent with a young scholar, named Wallstedt, some branches of Populus alba that grew in the Provincial Governorís [Nils 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.
] garden. Unfortunately this matter was done in great haste and the material had not been prepared or packaged properly, and Hesselius is now worried that the branches would be of no use for planting. If so, he would send new ones without delay, and certainly within the space of three weeks. Hesselius also mentions that Reuterholm sends his greetings and wishes to be told how to manage and trim such cuttings in order for them to produce roots and greenery. He has tried on several occasions with the same species of tree to plant cuttings at his Strömsholm estate, but without success.

Hesselius remembers that in Falun he had told Linnaeus about a remarkable fire that had been the result of a Lapp womanís sorcery and had occurred several times the house of a widow who lived on a farm not far from Örebro. It is such a remarkable event that Hesselius hopes that it would interest Linnaeus [this story on fol. 3-8v]. Unfortunately, Hesselius cannot remember the actual date, or the interval between the outbreaks of fire. He is also uncertain about whether the house that now burnt had suffered the same fate two or three times previously. However, that may be of little importance as he can guarantee that the facts are true and correct as he had heard them from the widow herself and had himself seen the damage with his own eyes. As far as the Lapp woman from Kihl parish, not far away, is concerned, Hesselius himself had spoken to her but she refused to reveal what errand she had in Hardemo, where she was now going. She had met Hesselius at a hostelry. Nonetheless, Hesselius was told some details about the Lapp woman by the wife of the host. That she had been born in Lapland could be seen from her physiognomy and heard from her speech, despite her being able to speak correct Swedish. Hesselius and Reuterholm are together secretly trying to unravel her secret. If they succeed, Linnaeus will be told.

P.S. Hesselius mentions that he will soon visit Nils Rosén von RosensteinRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of
with various samples of iron ore that he has promised him.

Hesselius had a letter from Carl Gustaf WennerstedtWennerstedt, Carl Gustaf
(1692-1798). Swedish. Governor of St.
Kopparberg county, president of the
Göta Court of Appeal.
saying that Olof KalmeterKalmeter, Olof (1712-1766).
Swedish. District medical officer and
mine physician, Falun. Married to
Linnaeus´s sister in law, Anna
Christina Moraea.
has been appointed district medical officer in Falun.


a. original holograph (LS, VII, 1-8). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 102-104   p.102  p.103  p.104.