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Link: • Fredrik Hasselquist to Carl Linnaeus, 20 February 1750 n.s.
Dated 20/9 Febr. 1750. Sent from Smyrna (Syria) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


In a previous letter[this letter has not come down to us] Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
enclosed a plant unknown to him. Now he is sending a description of it and of a species of Sepia.

Only now has he realized how difficult it is to describe a natural object correctly, so Linnaeus must correct what is wrong. The most difficult species to describe are Testacea and Zoophyta. Several such descriptions will be sent to Linnaeus soon when fair copies of them have been made.

Hasselquist encloses a letter to Nils Rosén von RosensteinRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of
and another to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
. They contain a report on the condition of medicine in Smyrna and on disease in Aleppo [the report was published in, "Beskrifning på en hemsjuka i Alepp, insänd ifrån Smirna"Hasselquist, Fredrik
"Beskrifning på en hemsjuka i
Alepp, insänd ifrån
Smirna", KVAH, 11 (1750),
]. Linnaeus will have copies of them later.

What is important to Hasselquist at the moment is: to get a travel pass from the Sultan, to find out when the Patriarch is ready to proceed on his journey, and to receive a news from Sweden about money to finance his expedition. He reminds Linnaeus of the Archbishop’s [Henric BenzeliusBenzelius, Henric (1689-1758).
Swedish. Archbishop 1747-1758.
] promise of Ekendahl’s scholarship. Linnaeus could also instruct Anders RydeliusRydelius, Anders Swedish.
Swedish consul at Smyrna, where he met
Fredrik Hasselquist. Correspondent of
to forward money through the direction of the Levantine Company. Hasselquist will be grateful for even the slightest relief.


a. (LS, VI, 322a-b). [1] [2] [3]