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Link: • Clas Alströmer to Carl Linnaeus, 9 November 1761 n.s.
Dated 9 Novemb. 1761. Sent from Montpellier (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Clas AlströmerAlströmer, Clas
(1736-1794). Swedish. Baron,
industrialist. Sent plants and specimens
to Linnaeus from his travels abroad.
Bought Linnaeusís ďlittle herbariumĒ,
now in the Natural History Museum in
Stockholm. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of August, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
is grateful for the support Linnaeus has given him so far, and especially through recommendations to François Boissier de La Croix de SauvagesSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
(1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Antoine GouanGouan, Antoine (1733-1821).
French. Botanist, Montpellier. Student
under Sauvages. Director of the
botanical garden in 1767, later
professor of botany and medicine.
Although an admirer of Linnaeus he tried
to develop a hybrid of his system of
classification. Correspondent of
in Montpellier, where he has now arrived.

Alströmer shall try to obtain the seeds Linnaeus has requested. The gardener is very kind and helpful and has promised to serve Alströmer as much as he can.

He is not at all satisfied with the lack of contact with Jonas Theodor FagraeusFagraeus, Jonas Theodor
(1729-1797). Swedish. Physician at
Alingsås. Correspondent of
. He has only received two letters from him since he left Sweden, and more than a year has passed, since he received the last one.

He also finds Daniel SolanderSolander, Daniel (1733-1782).
Swedish. Naturalist, explorer. Student
in Uppsala under Linnaeus and Johan
Gottschalk Wallerius. Went to London in
1760. Curator of natural history
collections at the British Museum.
Botanist on Cookís first voyage
1768-1771. Joseph Bankís librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
to be very ungrateful to Linnaeus as Solander has not in his letters supplied Linnaeus with interesting material.

Alströmer mentions the sad fate of Falun and fears that that also will affect Linnaeus [Alströmer refers to the devastating two fires which hit the town of Falun in 1761; Linnaeusís mother-in law [Elisabeth Hansdotter MoraeaMoraea, Elisabeth Hansdotter
(1691-1769). Swedish. Linnaeusís
mother-in-law. Married to Johan Moraeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] and other close relatives to his wife [Sara Elisabet MoraeaMoraea, Sara Elisabet
(1716-1806). Swedish. Linnaeusís wife.
Daughter of Johan Moraeus and Elisabet
Hansdotter Moraea. Mother of Carl
Linnaeus the Younger and of Elisabeth
Christina, Louisa, Sara Christina and
Sophia Linnaea.
] lived in and nearby Falun].

He would very much like to obtain Linnaeusís own description and of Alstroemia as well as the drawing he sent, or a copy of it.

If some of the seeds Alströmer sent [to Linnaeus] have germinated he would like to know that, as well as the names of the other plants he sent with the first batch. He has not seen Atropa hemifusa until today and does not know about its country of origin.

José Quer y MartinezísQuer y Martinez, José
(1695-1764). Spanish. Professor of
Botany, Madrid.
Flora Hispanica [Alströmer means the Flora EspanolaQuer y Martinez, José
Flora Espanola: ó historia de
las plantas que se crian en Espana
6 vol. (Madrid, 1762-1784)
], that is in press, was well known to Alströmer already in Madrid, but he did not find it worthwhile to talk about it. An introduction of stupid criticism thick as a finger aimed at Linnaeus will not be of benefit to the author. Quer is using the alphabetic method which is very convenient, particularly to a mundane author.

Alströmer mentions especially Gouan and Sauvages. Gouan is very interested in gramina and has reason to be a great admirer of Linnaeusís new differentiation of the various species of grass. He has also worked with fish and, in imitation of Linnaeusís Genera plantarum [presumably Genera plantarum [...] editio quintaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio quinta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1754).
Soulsby no. 301.
], had written a Genera Piscium [Alströmer means the Historia pisciumGouan, Antoine Historia
piscium, sistens ipsorum anatomen
externam, internam, atque genera in
classes et ordines redacta [...]

(Strasbourg, 1770).
]. Alströmer compares Gouanís method with Peter ArtediísArtedi, Peter (1705-1735).
Swedish. Ichtyologist. Close friend of

Alströmer further mentions seeds sent from Alicante: Planta Alpina growing together with Arbutus uva ursi and Dianthus Alpinus. It should be a ferruginea but - - - [some words are missing].

Alströmer wants to know if this is a ferruginea.

In Aragon a species of Gypsophila is called Alboda. When the roots are boiled in water it will lather and can be used for washing clothes. Alströmer has sent the herb but has not found the seeds..

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a. (LS, I, 84-85). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 49-52   p.49  p.50  p.51  p.52.