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. tells Linnaeus about his earlier letters and packages sent from Cadiz to Sweden, meant for Linnaeus. On February 26, Carl Gustaf LehmanCarl Gustaf, Swedish.
Captain, employed by the Swedish East
had got one, to be sent to Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. , with a report to Linnaeus and some specimens of plants. On the same day, HögHög, Swedish. Captain of
a ship. , captain of a ship eventually reaching Uddevalla, had got some bottles with fishes and some seeds. On the day of this letter, Carl Gustaf EkebergEkeberg, Carl Gustaf
(1716-1784). Swedish. Captain, employed
by the Swedish East India Company. , returning to Sweden after selling the ship Freden in Cadiz, has got three fishes in a bottle and some seeds. Linnaeus will also get some samples of mixed seeds, which Osbeck has not had time to separate. Osbeck has collected quite a few plants since his former letter [Osbeck to Linnaeus, 9 March 1751Letter L1233], and he is very busy drying and preparing them so that they are not destroyed during the voyage. If Osbeck had not had so much to do as a chaplain and if he had had more money, more could have been done, but he expects he will have quite enough for a “Florula Hispanica” if he returns to Sweden . Osbeck mentions several plants growing around Cadiz. The format of his list is a mixture of characteristics and references to publications, all in Latin. After the list of plants, there follows a short list of insects, namely a kind of bee, a yellow butterfly with black spots and a Meloë. Osbeck has to finish his letter, since the ship is about to leave Cadiz.
P.S. Osbeck corrects a few mistakes from his former letter, namely that they had sighted Cap Vincent on February 7 and come to Cadiz on February 8, and that the plantations that had seemed quite devastated were in fact vineyards. Later, Osbeck has seen fields of clay, giving harvests of wheat.