Fredrik Hasselquist to Carl Linnaeus,
28 February 1750 n.s.
L1097. Fredrik HasselquistFredrik Hasselquist (1722-1752).
Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, Fredrik
He has received a travel pass from the Turkish Emperor [Mahmud IMahmud I, (1696-1754). ?.
Spring has come, and everywhere there are lots of anemones, hyacinths [Hyacinthus orientalis L. [Hasselquist refers to Hortus UpsaliensisLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
The almond tree bears blossoms on bare twigs, in beautiful contrast to the evergreen olive trees. Hasselquist wishes these trees were Swedish together with trees like Fumaria [Fumaria officinalis L], Draba [Draba verna L.] and Thlaspi [Thlaspi (capsella) bursa pastoris L.]. There are references to Flora SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica,
He has made the following observation about fig trees.
The owners of fig trees believe that there will be no fruit unless they are stung by the fig fly.
This fly has an enemy in another fly that kills it. In order to prevent this the owners paint red circles round the trunk below the branches.
The fig trees are often infested by insects. Hasselquist has seen lots of their nests, as big as a chickpea but empty.
The fig trees are often planted around the gardens as some kind of living fences; Hasselquist doubts if this would be done or recommended by Swedish farmers or economists.
Hasselquist has made about 500 descriptions of animals, birds, fishes, and plants, all of which he hopes to deliver to Linnaeus before his departure. He encloses a description of a bird. [Most of the observations Hasselquist made were later published in his Iter Palaestinum eller resa til heliga landetHasselquist, Fredrik Iter
It is apparent that the sea is constantly receding, it could not be easier to give evidence of this than here. Hasselquist He encloses a letter to Pehr ElviusElvius, Pehr (1710-1749).
Again, Hasselquist wish to consult Linnaeus on his financial situation. Anders RydeliusRydelius, Anders Swedish.
He hopes that Grill [presumably Claes GrillGrill, Claes (1705-1767).
Hasselquist tries to live as cheaply as possible, which also means that he must abstain from interesting projects just to save money. He is eagerly looking forward to news from Linnaeus. Letters will reach him wherever he is if they are addressed to Rydelius.
1. Iter Palaestinum eller resa til heliga landet (1757), p. 578-581 .