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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Clas Alströmer, 1 April 1770 n.s.
Dated 1770 d. 1 April.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus thanks Clas AlströmerAlströmer, Clas
(1736-1794). Swedish. Baron,
industrialist. Sent plants and specimens
to Linnaeus from his travels abroad.
Bought Linnaeus’s “little herbarium”,
now in the Natural History Museum in
Stockholm. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of August, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
for well-disposed communication of José Celestino Mutis’Mútis, José Celestino
(1732-1808). Spanish. Botanist.
Went to South America in 1760 and lived
in Bogotá, which due to him
became an important centre of learning.
His comprehensive herbarium, manuscripts
and numerous watercolour botanical
illustrations were sent to Spain after
his death. Correspondent of Linnaeus.

These letters could easily be published in Lärda Tidningar as an illustration of science [The letter from Mutis was not published there, but in Djuret Viverra putoris Mútis, José Celestino
”Djuret Viverra putoris, beskrifvet
uti Bref til Academiens nuvarande
Praeses Herr Clas Alströmer, dat.
D. 6. Octob. 1767, en las Minas de la
montuosa vid Pomplona i America, af
Josef Celestino Mutis”, KVAH

The description of Putorius is complete and a grand memorandum. Linnaeus has guessed that the abominable smell came from the glandulis Putoriis and in the system he had written despite the fact that Adam KuhnKuhn, Adam (1741-1817).
American. Physician, Philadelphia.
Studied under Linnaeus at Uppsala
University in 1762-1763. Linnaeus’s only
American student. Correspondent of
made the correct comment.

He states that the herb Hexandra caule volubili is Alstroemera salsilla. It used to be in Jardin Royal in Paris, but is not anymore.

Linnaeus further says that Logiea is Calceolaria and is already described in Actis Parisinis [Histoire et mémoires de l’Académie royale des sciencesMútis, José Celestino
]. He has had it a couple of years and it will flower again this year. Much remains to be corrected in Mutis’ description; with us it easily blossoms.


a. contemporary copy (KVA, Bergius, XIV, 625).


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 81-83   p.81  p.82  p.83.