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Link: • Carl Magnus Blom to Carl Linnaeus, 5 October 1759 n.s.
Dated 5 Octbr 1759.. Sent from Söderbärke (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Carl Magnus BlomBlom, Carl Magnus (1737-1815).
Swedish. Studied in Uppsala under
Linnaeus 1755-1763. Provincial physician
in Dalecarlia. Correspondent of
writes to Linnaeus to ask him to classify some small Phalaens that are enclosed. Blom is not qualified enough to find out about these in Linnaeus’s magnific Systema naturae [the most recent edition being the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
]. Blom also writes that most herbs had already been cut and gathered together with the hay.

Blom writes that Johan Henrik FerberFerber, Johan Henrik
(1703-1781). Swedish. Admiralty
pharmacist and pharmacist, Karlskrona.
Son of Johan Eberhard Ferber. Father of
Johan Jakob Ferber.
in Karlskrona has a large collection of shells that Blom has seen and admired and he writes that it is a pity that they are not arranged. Blom writes that Ferber’s sons [one of his sons was Johan Jakob FerberFerber, Johan Jacob
(1743-1790). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Mitau, of mineralogy at St
Petersburg. Superintendent of the board
of mines, Berlin. Correspondent of
] will bring the collection to Uppsala in order for Linnaeus to arrange it and that Linnaeus is free to keep the shells he finds most interesting. Blom writes that he encloses on behalf of Linnaeus’s brother in law, Johannes CollinCollin, Johannes (1707-1756).
Swedish. Vicar of Ryssby. Brother-in-law
of Linnaeus, married to his sister
Sophia Juliana Collin, born Linnaea.
Also brother-in-law to Ann Maria
Höök, Carl Ammon Branting and
Samuel Linnaeus. Father of Anna Sofia
, an unripe pear with a couple of leaves and one or two flowers at the tip.

Blom asks Linnaeus if the enclosed Coccus found on a lingonberry root in Ostrogothia [Östergötland], between Kellmo and Emma, is the same as the one he found last year on the root of an Arbutus uva ursi. Blom writes that Olof TillaeusTillaeus, Olof (1704-1762).
Swedish. Vicar and dean in Köping.
in Köping is writing a book about uncertain signs of death [Tillaeus’s work was, Afhandling om dödstecknens ovisshetTillaeus, Olof Afhandling om
dödstecknens ovisshet och det
missbruk, som sker med allt för
hastiga begrafningar
], i.e. stories about people who seem to have been dead but have survived. Blom writes that he remembers Linnaeus having told such a story from his journey to Lapland and he asks Linnaeus about the circumstances and place where this happened. Blom asks Linnaeus to tell Collin and then to inform Blom, who in his turn will tell Tillaeus.

Blom writes that he has written to Johan TollessonTollesson, Johan (d. 1762).
Swedish. Assistant at the Uppsala
Universitets konsistorium and at the
Svea Court of Appeal.
and asked him to hand over to Linnaeus a cheese from Smoland.


a. original holograph (LS, II, 51-52). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 271-273   p.271  p.272  p.273.