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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien and Pehr Elvius, [15 December 1746] n.s.
Dated Undated, but written in December 1746. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus thanks for seeds sent from Cadix by Christopher TärnströmTärnström, Christopher
(1711-1746). Swedish. Clergyman and
botanist. At the recommendation of
Linnaeus, he was accepted as chaplain by
the Swedish East India Company. In 1746
he departed for China but died on the
island of Pulo Candor, Vietnam.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Linnaeus is especially pleased with Oxycedrus and Dictamnus. The rest are well known like Cicer, Lens, Amaranthus, Gomphraesa etc.

Linnaeus asks the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] to send him also the plants.

The Academy has asked Linnaeus to instruct priests how to make a list over dead persons and the sickness that caused their death [Linnaeus refers to the Tabellverket, founded in 1749, initiating the systematic production of population data in Sweden and in Finland, including a cause-of-death classification]. Linnaeus disputes the practicality of the proposal since their education does not include proper elements for this duty. Linnaeus illustrates his point by providing a long, and incomplete, list of various species of Vertigo.

However, future priest could be able to perform the suggested duty if they, as part of their studies, had to attend one lesson four times a week during one term


a. original holograph [by Erik Gustaf Lidbeck ] (KVA, Carl von LinnÚs arkiv). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Svenska arbeten (1878), vol. 1, p. 177-181   p.177  p.178  p.179  p.180  p.181.
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1908), vol. I:2, p. 83-87   p.83  p.84  p.85  p.86  p.87.