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Link: • Magnus Lagerström to Carl Linnaeus, 17 July 1748 n.s.
Dated 6. Iuly 1748. Sent from GŲteborg (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is honoured and very grateful for Linnaeusís letter of June 27 [this letter has not come down to us]. In fact, it arrived when Lagerström was planning to contact Linnaeus to pay his respects and present some of the humble contributions to Natural History that Lagerstömís position as Director of the Swedish East India Company could offer.

Lagerström will do his utmost to help Christopher TärnströmísTärnström, Christopher
(1711-1746). Swedish. Clergyman and
botanist. At the recommendation of
Linnaeus, he was accepted as chaplain by
the Swedish East India Company. In 1746
he departed for China but died on the
island of Pulo Candor, Vietnam.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
widow [Brita TärnströmTärnström, Brita
Swedish. Wife of Christopher
Tärnström in his second
marriage, born Stenhof.
] to get her legitimate claim after her late husband. His belongings will be sold on the first of August; he had some loans that must be repaid. What then remains will be sent forthwith to the widow.

Lagerström regrets Tärnströmís untimely death; it was a heavy loss, not least for the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
]. When his ship arrived, Lagerström took care of all the papers he left: instructions, a journal, some letters and hand-written notes. The journal contained simple daily observations of the temperature. [Tärnströmís journal was published in 2005, Christopher Tärnströms journalTärnström, Christopher
Christopher Tärnströms
journal : en resa mellan Europa och
Sydostasien år 1746 = Christopher
Tärnström's journal : a
passage between Europe and East Asia in
the year 1746
, ed. Kristina
Söderpalm & Lars Hansen, Serie
Mundus Linnaei series, 1 (London :
Whitby, 2005).
]. His thermometer was sold on board after his death, but Lagerström has succeeded in retrieving it. He wants to know if the thermometer should be sent to the widow or to the Academy of Sciences.

Lagerström encloses some seeds he has recently received from the East Indies: three species of flowers, Chinese and Bengal cotton seeds. Lagerström is sorry his agent did not write down the native names of the plants. He also sends a box containing:

1. A species of Chinese grass.

2. Fishing-lines made of this grass.

3. ĒNuts of teaĒ or seeds of tea.

4. A sea fruit found on a beach in Java; inside the hard shell there is a white kernel.

5. Some pieces of shells demonstrating how the Chinese make the shells produce pearls by inserting small pieces of lead.

In Lagerströmís possession there are also some insects preserved in alcohol, which he will send to Linnaeus by the first ship. Henceforth Lagerström will make sure that his agents will write down the native names of all foreign samples as well as all other essential information.

Lagerström sends his regards and recommends Fredrik OlbersOlbers, Fredrik (1727-1780).
Swedish. Student at Uppsala University
1745. Law clerk at the Supreme court of
Sweden [Svea Hovrätt] in 1750.
Brother-in-law of Magnus
to Linnaeus.


a. (LS, VIII, 354-357). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1922), vol. I:8, p. 159-161   p.159  p.160  p.161.