Reference numberAP/5/4
TitleUnpublished paper, on a strange blight by unknown author
DescriptionThe author gives a detailed description of weather conditions from January-May [1783?] in his town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He then describes an instance around 24 June [1783?] in which all the trees and plants in the area appeared as if they were frostbitten. The author describes the effect this had on trees in the forest, including larches, firs, Weymouth pines, junipers, birches, walnuts, cherries, plums, elms, oaks, beeches, aspens, and poplars. The author determined that the blight was likely caused by a singeing flame or a phlogiston. Minor additions appear in ink throughout. A partial English translation of the final four pages is found at AP/5/3.

Subject: Botany / Meteorology
Physical descriptionInk on paper
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Access statusOpen
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