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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck, October 1750 n.s.
Dated . Sent from () to (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus wishes Pehr OsbeckOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
Swedish. Clergyman, botanist explorer.
Studied at Uppsala under Linnaeus
1745-1750. Chaplain on ships of the
Swedish East India Company on voyages to
China. Vicar of Hasslöv (Halland).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
good luck in his role as chaplain and on the journey.

Osbeck does not need more detailed instructions from Linnaeus, for Linnaeus knows that Osbeck is a keen observer.

Linnaeus asks Osbeck especially to investigate what it is near Poul Condor in the East Indies that floats on the water and shines like a candle at night. Linnaeus asks Osbeck to collect it and preserve it in spirit at all cost.

Osbeck should also look for the worms that make the water around the ship shine like fire. However, Osbeck must have a microscope to do that. Linnaeus thinks that there are more kinds of worms than the two that shine on the bottom of the sea.

Linnaeus wishes Osbeck a happy journey and a safe return, when Linnaeus will be glad to bind a lager wreath for Osbeck.

Osbeck should not forget any insect, any moss or any stone.

Osbeck will not need Philosophia botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Philosophia
botanica, in qua explicantur fundamenta
botanica cum definitionibus partium,
(Stockholm 1751). Soulsby no.
, but Systema naturae, 6th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 7th edition (Leipzig 1748).
Soulsby no. 52.
, Fauna SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Fauna Svecica
sistens animalia Sveciae regni:
quadrupedia, aves, amphibia, pisces,
insecta, vermes, distributa per classes
& ordines, genera & species. Cum
differentiis specierum, synonymis
autorum, nominibus incolarum, locis
habitationum, descriptionibus
(Leiden 1746). Soulsby
no. 1152.
, Genera plantarum [...] Editio secunda [i.e. tertia] nominibus Plantarum Gallicis locupletataLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] Editio secunda [i.e.
tertia] nominibus Plantarum Gallicis
(Paris, 1743). Soulsby
no. 299.
and Flora ZeylanicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Zeylanica; sistens plantas Indicas
Zeylonae insulae, quae olim 1670-1677,
lectae fuere a Paulo Hermanno [...]
demum post 70 annos ab Augusto
Günthero [...] orbi redditae

(Stockholm,1747). Soulsby no. 420.
are necessary.

Linnaeus bids Osbeck farewell.


a. original holograph (KVA). [1]


1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 81-82   p.81  p.82.