Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck,
October 1750 n.s.
L1187. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Pehr OsbeckPehr Osbeck (1723-1805). Swedish.
Linnaeus wishes Pehr OsbeckOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
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
Linnaeus bids Osbeck farewell.
a. original holograph (KVA).