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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Anders Philip Tidström, 28 May 1754 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. 28 Maj. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


The Queen [Lovisa UlrikaLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] has asked for a person with a knowledge of mining to visit the most excellent mines to collect different kinds of ore and fossils for her cabinet. Anders von HöpkenHöpken, Anders Johan von
(1712-1789). Swedish. Count and
statesman. One of the founders of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.The
Chancellor of the Uppsala University
1760-1764. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has appointed Anders Philip TidströmTidström, Anders Philip
(1723-1779). Swedish. Chemist and
metallurgist. Studied under Linnaeus.
University teacher of chemistry.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
to perform this commission. von Höpken and Linnaeus will write an instruction.

Tidström will visit the mines in Värmland, Västmanland and Dalarna to collect all the different kinds of ore, fossils and rock he can find, wrap them in paper and label each piece with the locality, from whom he has received the item, what it contains and so on. The collection will be handed over to the Queen during the next autumn.

Linnaeus gives Tidström his best recommendations and kindly asks all persons responsible for the mines to assist Tidström to the best of their ability in order to provide the Queen with the requested collection.


1. Svenska arbeten (1878), vol. 1, p. 26-27   p.26  p.27.