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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Riksens Ständers Utskott och Deputationer, 15 February 1761 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

L5654. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish. to Riksens Ständers Utskott och Deputationer Riksens Ständers Utskott och
Swedish. The Riksdag
(parliamentary) committees.
, 15 February 1761 n.s.


Linnaeus suggests that Purkijaur would be the best place for pearl-farming. When he, in 1732, visited the place, large numbers of pearl-mussels were to be found in the Carats river. Endless quantities of opened mussels were found on the shore; the bottom of the river was none the less covered with mussels. The journey to this place is very long: on boat from Luleå to Hares [Harads], then on foot via Pajarim to Jockmock and thereafter by boat and on foot to Purkijaur.

A house for a supervisor could be built here. It would not be possible for anyone to approach the pearl-farm in the river without being observed.

The mussels could be collected from the river, manipulated and put back in cages that easily could be taken up after a few years when time had come to pick the pearls.

It should be no problem to keep the activity a secret, due to the remote location.

Pearl-mussels are to be found in many countries, but not in the quantities that are available in Sweden. Linnaeus has recently been told that they are not frequent in the large Russian rivers. Nobody can come from the Norwegian and west side to Lapland without crossing the [Norwegian and Swedish] alps, pass the church of Kvikkjokk, then go by boat, go ashore at Purkijaur, a journey which canít be done without guides, oarsmen and local laps. A stranger can never pass through this area without anyone knowing about it.


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1907), vol. I:1, p. 32-33   p.32  p.33.