Fredrik Hasselquist to Carl Linnaeus,
29 January 1750 n.s.
L1090. Fredrik HasselquistFredrik Hasselquist (1722-1752).
Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, Fredrik
He is sorry that time does not admit of enclosing his reports and descriptions.
Two new species of Tetrao, hardly described before, are the so called Francolini and the ”Poulle des montagnes”. Joseph Pitton de TournefortTournefort de, Joseph Pitton
He has got a starling, black and grey, singing wonderfully.
He also has a white Abyssinian turtle dove.
He has also a stuffed pelican (Onocratulus). He has seen all the Swedish sea-birds. Anders Rydelius Anders RydeliusRydelius, Anders Swedish.
Gazella Africana [Capra Gazella] is a beautiful animal, like a roe. There are many of these in the mountains of Palestine and Syria, but Hasselquist thinks they resemble Cervus, reindeers, in the first hand and refers to Fauna SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Fauna Svecica
Jackals (Chacal) [Canis aureus L.], ref. to the Systema naturae [presumably to the sixth edition, Systema naturae, 6th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
Hasselquist has not forgotten to look for verification of the water decrease; in fact he even has evidence which are quite clear and more distinct than [observations] from other places. At the first opportunity Hasselquist will send [a description] of this evidence to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
The weather is extremely cold in Smyrna. Thick ice covers the harbour, and Dutch people are skating there. The oldest people in Smyrna cannot remember such an enduring cold.
For Hasselquist, who is used to Swedish chill, should not usually care about this, but here there are no Swedish tile stove [in Swedish: ”kakelugn”]; so Hasselquist is sitting at a poor coal-fire and writing this letter, so he is freezing more in thos country than he ever did in Sweden.
He does not know when exactly the patriarch, with whom he will travel to Jersualem, will leave. He believes he will stay in Smyrna another month and is hoping to have a reply from Linnaeus of his first letter [Hasselquist to Linnaeus, 27 December 1749Letter L1077] and with that also information from Linnaeus about financial support.
1. "Fortsättning af Herr Licentiaten Hasselquists Bref til Herr Arch. Linnaeus, Smirna den 29 Januarii 1750" (1750), p. 254-255 .