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Link: • Jonas Ahlelöf to Carl Linnaeus, 28 June 1752 n.s.
Dated 17 Junii 1752. Sent from Göteborg (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Jonas AhlelöfAhlelöf, Jonas
(1717-1783). Swedish. Clergyman, dean
of Frillesås. Correspondent of
has sent a punch bowl with six cups to Linnaeus as a token of his gratitude and admiration. He regrets that the bowl and cups are ill matched.

He now submits us a very detailed description of a new fish that looks like a salmon. Examination of the gills and scales, however, indicates that it belongs to the species of Gadus. The fishermen called it Kummul [kummel, hake in English], a name unknown to Swedish ichthyologists, despite it being mentioned in registers of ratepayers and public registers of land for centuries. The fishermen are still taxed in proportion to the size of their catch. This fish is usually caught at a depth of 70 fathoms [ca. 27 m], a depth that is increasingly difficult to reach because of the ongoing land elevation. Evidence of the elevation is easy to notice. Ahlelöf particularly mentions three islands: Brännö, Asperö and Kösö which within the next 100 years most certainly will have merged into one.

Ahlelöf has also observed all the cochleae mentioned by Linnaeus in Wäst-göta-resaLinnaeus, Carl
Wäst-göta-resa på
riksens högloflige ständers
befallning förrättad år
1746. Med anmärkningar uti
oeconomien, naturkunnogheten,
antiquiteter, inwånarnes seder och
(Stockholm 1747).
. He has sent two to Staf [presumably Martin StaafStaaf, Martin (1731-1788).
Swedish. Director of economy,
Gothenburg. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], and sends another two to Linnaeus and adds that it would indeed please him if it should lead to a new species.

Allium ursinum is found in abundance on Hinsholmen. The pungent smell and acrid taste indicates that it may be of pharmaceutical use. He also reports observations of Taxus and on the pretty island Little Denmark a variety of Cucubalus maritima.


a. original holograph (LS, I, 13-14). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 9-10   p.9  p.10.