Thursday, October 30, 2014

Through the Fields with Linnæus: A Chapter in Swedish History by Florence Cady (1887)

2014.10.29-IMG_2453"Most travellers, poor, hurried, and unencumbered as he was, would have selected the more direct route by Jönköping up the Vettern and Hjalmar lakes, whence a short road across country would bring them to the Malar, giving direct water communication to the very quays of Upsala. I can only account for Carl's choosing the longer and more expensive route by his considering the land journey would afford him better opportunities for study on the road." (Volume 1, p.86)

2014.10.29-IMG_2440 "Carl sailed down the rough blue Lake Vetter to Jönköping. He did not linger to enjoy the pleasant promenades of Jönköping by the lake, nor to ascend Dunkellar Hill with its beautiful views, where now are numerous villas with well-planted gardens, testifying to the profits of the roofing-paper and match-making trades ; nor was he tempted by the merely picturesque charms and waterfalls of Husquarna. But the famous iron-mountain of Taberg did not lie much out of his way at least not in his mode of travelling, which was very frequently on foot. So leaving the high-road, which even at that date we may assume to have been a bridle-path, he bore away westward, following the course of the stream flowing from Taberg into the Vetter, and ascended Taberg at about eight English miles south of Jönköping, from which height, 1,096 feet, he gained a grand survey of the forests of Småland and investigated the iron-mines, which had a special interest for him after his mining studies in Dalecarlia. This celebrated iron-mountain, with a few others found in Lapland, are the only ones in Europe where the ore is broken or blasted above ground. Taberg was doubtless the attraction that determined his route to Holland this way; and also the wish to revisit his home, to which his memory always affectionately clung." (Volume 1, pp.260-61)

2014.10.29-IMG_2427 "A change came over his manner of travelling as Linnaeus hastened homewards, not stopping nor diverging to rest at great houses. He travelled by way of Jönköping and Lake Vettern and Motala, across-country, as quick as horse and sail could carry him, to Westerns, eating, as he laughingly said, his breakfast overnight that he might be ready to start the earlier in the morning." (Volume 2, p.272)

From Through the Fields with Linnæus: A Chapter in Swedish History by Florence Cady (1887),

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