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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4973 • Clas Alströmer to Carl Linnaeus, 23 March 1774 n.s.
Dated 23 mars 1774. Sent from Göteborg (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

upSUMMARY

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
Linnaeus
has bought 14 pounds of Linnaea on the advice of Linnaeus to cure the lameness of his legs. The treatment was carried out by a State official, recommended by the widow [Sara Maria LinrothLinroth, Sara Maria Swedish.
Wife of Axel Linroth, born Stedt.
] of Axel LinrohLinroth, Axel (-1762).
Swedish. Ironmaster, Värmland,
entitled Chamberlain.
], named CollinCollin, Swedish. Enforcement
officer.
, who bandaged the knee overnight with the boiled herb. The next morning his condition had improved, and Collin suggested that Alströmer should imbibe the decoct as an adjuvant. Alströmer, however, wants Linnaeus’s advice before he follows the prescription of a quack. How shall he use all the Linnaea he has? Sometimes his ailment is localised to his hip joints and sometimes to his knees. Alströmer himself is of the opinion that the bandage should have the best effect, applied over the lumbar region.

In 1770 Alströmer tried the cold baths at Loka. That put an end to his gout, but instead he now suffers from progressive lameness.

Alströmer sends his greetings to Linnaeus’s wife [Sara Elisabet LinnaeaMoraea, Sara Elisabet
(1716-1806). Swedish. Linnaeus’s 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.
] and the young Professor Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his father’s lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeus’s
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
father.
.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (SLS, Ms 25). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 84-85   p.84  p.85.