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Link: • Erik Fernow to Carl Linnaeus, 14 March 1767 n.s.
Dated 1767 Martii 14. Sent from Gunnarskog (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Erik FernowFernow, Erik (1735-1791).
Swedish. Clergyman from the province of
Värmland. His local history
collection is preserved as the Archivum
Wermelandicum. Correspondent of
reports that he had sent the remains of two lynxes to Linnaeus, but shortage of time resulted in the absence of an opportunity to mention a couple of minor observations.

Fernow has nowhere in his notes found that Linnaeus has stated that wolves were rare in Sweden prior to 1719, or that they had followed the Swedish army over the mountains, taking advantage of the almost innumerable corpses of starved and frozen soldiers. However, Fernow had heard this on many other occasions. Fernow had now found an original manuscript, extracts of which he now sends to Linnaeus, where it is stated that wolves were previously more seldom seen in Värmland than today, and that he had reason to believe that wolves had penetrated even further into Sweden.

Lemmus is an animal that here is not called Sabelmus but Fjällmus (mountain mouse). These animals are not unknown here since they are seen in large numbers in Norway. Whether they exist in Värmland or not is doubted, although the inquisitive and attentive vicar Petrus Magni GylleniusGyllenius, Petrus Magni
(1622-1675). Swedish. Clergyman.
claims that he has seen them there.

Fernow is sending Linnaeus extracts from Gyllenius’s diary, 1622 to 1668 [fol. 188-189v.].


a. (LS, IV, 184-185). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 97-98   p.97  p.98.