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Link: • Jonas Hollsten to Carl Linnaeus, 23 June 1750 n.s.
Dated 12 Junii 1750. Sent from Kvickjokk (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Jonas HollstenHollsten, Jonas (1717-1789).
Swedish. Schoolmaster, dean, botanist.
Linnaeus’s student. Correspondent of
thanks Linnaeus for friendship during his studies in Uppsala. He remarks that he is no longer in Jokkmokk and cannot report anything new except for the outbreak of smallpox that started in February. Many of the elderly have succumbed. The Lapps call this type of pox “Sai” and was brought by the travellers to the market.

Hollsten reports that the snow had thawed early that year, beginning on April 28th which was the earliest ever but the winds resulted in no shoots appearing until May 17th. The following plants emerged as follows:

Tussilago, Flora Svecica Linnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica,
exhibens plantas per regnum Sveciae
crescentes, systematice cum differentiis
specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus,
incolarum, solo locorum, usu
(Leiden 1745).
Soulsby no. 408.
682, May 13th

Caltha, Flora Svecica 473, the same day

Hypocheris, Flora Svecica 631, May 14th

Rubus, Flora Svecica 413, May 27th

Azalea, Flora Svecica 170, May 30th

Hollsten plans to join the local vicar on his visit up to the Lapps in the mountains where he hopes to find more flowers and he asks whether he can send them using official free postage to Uppsala, otherwise he will have to abandon his collections. Hollsten remarks that the Lapps are convinced that “kurbma” (the swellings caused by gadflies) are the same as pox-marks on humans). When Hollsten reaches the mountains he will try to obtain a worm that the reindeer are said to cough up and hopes to be able to describe the result to Linnaeus in due course.


a. (LS, VII, 116-117). [1] [2]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 120-122   p.120  p.121  p.122.