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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Olof Osander, 7 April 1750 n.s.
Dated d 27 martii 1750.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Växjö (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus has received a letter from Olof OsanderOsander, Olof (1700-1787).
Swedish. Clergyman. Bishop of
Växjö. Married to 1. Magdalena
Birgitta Goeding (1730) 2. Elisabet
Kristina Stobceus (1763) 3. Ulrika
Althea Gundel (1774).
[this letter has not come down to us] and he is eager to answer by giving a solution that would combine the various possibilities as good as possible.

It would be possible to find a man who is both a good medical practitioner, a suitable teacher in natural history and a possible son-in-law of Johan Stensson RothmanRothman, Johan Stensson
(1684-1763). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Studied at Harderwijk and
Leiden under Boerhaave. Influenced by
Sébastien Vaillant, whose theory
on plant sexuality he introduced to his
pupil, Linnaeus, while he was lecturer
at Växjö gymnasium.
. The person Linnaeus thinks meets this requirement is a man belonging to the student nation of KalmarKalmar nation, Swedish.
Kalmar nation vid Uppsala universitet.
by the name of Johan Gustaf WahlbomWahlbom, Johan Gustaf
(1724-1808). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Studied at Uppsala under
Linnaeus, anatomy, surgery and
obstretics at Wittenberg. Provincial
physician at Kalmar. Correspondent of
. He is the only doctor that Linnaeus could recommend to those in Smoland; he could easily become a Professor in natural history and in medicine, and his manners and character are such that Linnaeus would give him his own daughter if she was old enough. If he [Wahlbom] just displayed an interest in Miss Rothman [Rothman had four daughters, Linnaeus might have referred to one of these, Maria Elisabeth KöllnerKöllner, Maria Elisabeth
(d. 1773). Swedish. Daughter of Johan
Stensson Rothman, married to Johan
Fredric Köllner (1718-1784),
barber-surgeon in Småland.
, who married another physician], Rothman would have somebody to support him in his old age, and the province would have a very reliable and able medical officer. If the medical practice was separated from the teaching, you would have to consider somebody else.

If somebody must be found in the Student Nation of Smoland in Uppsala [Smålands nation vid Uppsala universitetThe Student Nation of Smoland in
Swedish. Smålands
nation vid Uppsala universitet
], Linnaeus can only find two possible persons, Bengt KallenbergKallenberg, Bengt (1712-1774).
Swedish. Clergyman, lector at
Växjö, later served as a
priest at Visingsö from 1768.
Belonged to Linnaeus´s circle of
students in the late 1740´s.
and Elias AspelinAspelin, Elias (1721-1795).
Swedish. Clergyman, served as such in
various parishes in Småland from
1754. Student in Uppsala 1741-1748,
defended a dissertation pro exercitio
under Linnaeus in 1748.
. Linnaeus does not assess them but writes that he is unable to give a verdict on their merits and capacity.

Linnaeus hopes that Osander does not dislike Linnaeus writing so directly what he thinks about the issue.

Linnaeus writes this letter at the Archbishops’ [Henric BenzeliusBenzelius, Henric (1689-1758).
Swedish. Archbishop 1747-1758.
] house, and the Archbishop sends his regards to Osander.

Linnaeus sends his regards to Osander’s wife [Magdalena Birgitta OsanderOsander, Magdalena Birgitta
Swedish. Wife of Olof Osander, born


a. original holograph (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Library, Art and Archives Section of The Herbarium). [1] [2]