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Link: • Fredrik Hasselquist to Carl Linnaeus, 17 April 1750 n.s.
Dated 6/17 Apr. 1750. Sent from Smyrna (Syria) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


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.
is still in Smyrna. The good thing about the delay is that this area is very rich in everything that can interest a naturalist.

Recently he visited Magnesia and botanized on Mount Sypilus. He will present a list of the plants found there.

He also found many new insects. Enclosed Linnaeus will find a specimen of the fig fly. Hasselquist believes it must be a Cynips [Cynips Psenes L.; most of the observations Hasselquist made were later published in his Iter Palaestinum eller resa til heliga landetHasselquist, Fredrik Iter
Palaestinum eller resa til heliga
(Stockholm 1757).

He has kept chameleons and tortoises in his room and studied them. A report on them will follow.

He has studied and described Cornucopia [Cornucopiae cucullatum L.], the rare grass that Linnaeus wanted. A specimen of it is enclosed and seeds will be sent home to the Uppsala University Botanical Garden

Hasselquist will leave Smyrna on Ascension Day on a French ship to Alexandria, where he will stay a short period and then proceed to Palestine. He repeats his urgent need of more money to be able to fulfill his mission in accordance with the plans in his letter of March 3 [1750] [this letter hs not come down to us]. Linnaeus should discuss these arrangements with Grill [presumably Claes GrillGrill, Claes (1705-1767).
Swedish. Merchant, owner of the iron
works of Söderfors, Österby
and Iggesund. Director of the Swedish
East India Company. Also known as an art
collector and patron of arts and
sciences. Brother of Anthoni Grill and
Johan Abraham Grill. Correspondent of


a. (LS, VI, 327-328). [1] [2] [3]


1. Iter Palaestinum eller resa til heliga landet (1757), p. 577-578 .
2. Voyages and travels in the Levant (1766), p. 411-413 .
3. Bref och skrifvelser (1917), vol. I:7, p. 16-18   p.16  p.17  p.18.
4. Herr archiatern och riddaren Linnaeus i Lärda tidningar 1745-1780 (2007), p. 93-94 .