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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Carl Christoffer Gjörwell, 30 May 1758 n.s.
Dated 1758 d. 30 Maji.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus apologises to Carl Christoffer GjörwellGjörwell, Carl Christoffer
(1731-1811). Swedish. Author,
publisher, royal librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, for not having answered earlier; having so many irons in the fire he has burnt some of them.

With regard to the transformation of oats, nothing more had been heard, as Linnaeus suspected would occur [Linnaeus refers to the reaction on the statement made in 1757 by Johan Bernhard VirginVirgin, Johan Bernhard
Swedish. Lieutenant colonel.
that different kinds of corn could be transformed to cereals of a better kind, published in the Rön och försök om en underbar sädesarternas förwandlingVirgin, Johan Bernhard
Rön och försök om en
underbar sädesarternes
förwandling ifrån sämre
til bättre slag, allmänheten
til tjenst upgifne
(Stockholm 1757).
; Linnaeus himself treated the subject in the De transmutatione frumentorumLinnaeus, Carl De
transmutatione frumentorum
, diss.,
resp. B. Hornborg (Uppsala 1757).
Soulsby no. 1974.
]. Several thousand persons in the country had conducted experiments; if they had sown the rye instead they would probably have received just as many barrels at harvest. Linnaeus considers that if this question is suppressed then it will reappear again in 50 years time, and the same thing will happen again. It would be better to resolve it. The nation should submit their experiments either to Gjörwell, to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] or to some other place.


a. original holograph (KB, Ep. G 10:2, 22). [1] [2]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 209-210   p.209  p.210.