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Department proposals by Lundh (1814)

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Submitted by Lundh, Captain and head of Office in the 5th Department
Approximate date: October 20, 1814

Captain Lundh was later known as Professor Gregers Fougner Lundh. The eldest son of the Rev. Peder Lundh.

The 5th Department was the Department of the Interior. In 1814, Lundh was in charge of this department, in the absence Secretary of the Interior Anker, who was abroad. The same year, Lundh began teaching at the recently founded University of Christiania, where he was professor of state economy. Originally, he had begun as a medical student in Copenhagen, in 1806, but returned to his native Norway the following year, to join the army during the war against Sweden.

As a young army officer, he had to receive the sword of Lt. Col. Mörner, a veteran from the Napoleonic Wars, when Mörner's Swedish unit capitulated after a night battle at Aurskog, on April 20, 1808. Lundh held a number of important positions both as an officer, and later as a civilian. He abandoned a promising military career on account of the union under the Swedish crown. It is funny to think that his eldest son, Major General Christopher Lundh would one day become commandant of the Royal Guards in Stockholm and eventually commander-in-chief of the Norwegian Army under the Swedish Crown.
Captain Jacob P. Lundh, 19 August 2005

Lundh Proposal 1

[Department Lundh proposal 1]

Note: the caption reads "Foreslaaet nyt Flag for Kongeriget Norge"

At the time, the official language of the Kingdom of Denmark-Norway was Danish, which was used by all educated people. In fact, though Professor Lundh was a nationalist, he wrote in Danish. In modern Norwegian the above would be spelled "Foreslått nytt flag for Kongeriket Norge."
Captain Jacob P. Lundh, 19 August 2005

Lundh Proposal 2

[Department Lundh proposal 2]