Fredrik Hasselquist to Carl Linnaeus,
17 April 1750 n.s.
L1126. Fredrik HasselquistFredrik Hasselquist (1722-1752).
Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, Fredrik
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
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  [this letter hs not come down to us]. Linnaeus should discuss these arrangements with Grill [presumably Claes GrillGrill, Claes (1705-1767).
1. Iter Palaestinum eller resa til heliga landet (1757), p. 577-578 .