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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Carl Christoffer Gjörwell, 17 October 1758 n.s.
Dated 1758 d. 17 octobr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus replies to Carl Christoffer Gjörwell’sGjörwell, Carl Christoffer
(1731-1811). Swedish. Author,
publisher, royal librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letter of the previous day, saying that he knows of nothing special about Nils ReuterholmReuterholm, Nils (1676-1756).
Swedish. Nobleman, diplomat and public
official, governor of Dalecarlia.
Reuterholm showed interest in science
and correponded with Leibniz and
others. He admired Linnaeus and paid for
his journey in Dalecarlia in 1734.
other than that he had a beautiful library of selected books on economics, travel, etc. and that he was the most diligent official in the entire kingdom.

In 1734, after Linnaeus had completed his journey to Lapland, Reuterholm was provincial governor in Falun and on the same occasion he had listened to Linnaeus’s description of Lapland with the result that Reuterholm had asked Linnaeus to conduct a journey through his own province. Linnaeus had then travelled at Reuterholm’s expense through Eastern Dalarna over the mountains and almost to Rörås in Norway, and then returned through Western Dalarna. The journal kept by Linnaeus was updated daily as to what had been observed concerning the geography, mineralogy, botany, zoology, manners and customs and economy.

On his return, Linnaeus had given this to Reuterholm and had been invited to stay at his house where he explained mineralogy and demonstrated to Reuterholm’s young sons [Esbjörn ReuterholmReuterholm, Esbjörn
(1710-1773). Swedish. Councillor. Son
of Nils Reuterholm, brother of Axel
Gottlieb and Gustaf Reuterholm.
, Axel Gottlieb ReuterholmReuterholm, Axel Gottlieb
(1714-1763). Swedish. Baron, statesman.
Private pupil of Linnaeus. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
, Gustaf ReuterholmReuterholm, Gustaf (1721-1805).
Swedish. Politician, state official.
Son of Nils Reuterholm, brother of
Esbjörn and Axel Gottlieb
] and their tutor, later doctor and bishop Johan BrowalliusBrowallius, Johan (1707-1755).
Swedish. Professor of physics, later of
theology. Bishop of Åbo.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
how rocks could be examined for their contents of metals. As a result of this Browallius became fascinated by science and, in the following year, made the same journey through Dalarna into Norway and then read mineralogy and rock analysis at a private college in Falun despite never having studied natural history. Since then, writes Linnaeus, he had been constantly loved and favoured by Browallius. After his period as tutor in Falun, Browallius was recommended as professor of physics in Åbo.

Linnaeus thanks for the communication of the review.

In closing, Linnaeus relates that on his journey through Dalarna he was accompanied by seven students [Reinhold NäsmanNäsman, Reinhold
(1711-1766). Swedish. Dean at
Kolbäck. Acccompanied Linnaeus on
his journey to Dalarna
, Carl Abraham Clewberg Clewberg, Carl Abraham
(1712-1765). Swedish. Professor of
Oriental languages at Åbo. Brother
of Christopher Clewberg.
, Ingel FahlstedtFahlstedt, Ingel (1714-1783).
Swedish. Acccompanied Linnaeus on his
journey to Dalarna.
, Clas SohlbergSohlberg, Claes (1711-1773).
Swedish. Physician, studied natural
history and medicine at Uppsala
1723-1734. Accompanied Linnaeus on his
tour in Dalecarlia in 1734 and on his
Dutch journey. Doctor of medicine at
Leiden in 1735.
, Eric EmporeliusEmporelius, Eric Swedish.
Lieutenant. Acccompanied Linnaeus on his
journey to Dalarna.
, Petrus HedenbladHedenblad, Petrus (1714-1788).
Swedish. Councillor of mining.
Acccompanied Linnaeus on his journey to
, Benjamin SandelSandel, Benjamin (1717-1788).
Swedish. Foundry proprietor.
Acccompanied Linnaeus on his journey to
who travelled at their own expense in order to gain experience.

P.S. Linnaeus has not had any time to publish the manuscript about his journey through Dalarna, the manuscript is still in his possession.


a. original holograph (KB, Ep. G 10:2, 40). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. “1.Landshöfd. frih. Reuterholms förtjenster om natural-historie" (1798), vol. V, p. 67-69 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 213-214   p.213  p.214.