The letter commences with an abundance of phrases of courtesy.
Jonas AhlelöfAhlelöf, Jonas
(1717-1783). Swedish. Clergyman, dean
of Frillesås. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. has not been aware of Linnaeus’s absence from Uppsala partly because he has been suffering from haemorrhoids, which he calls his travel mate. He is in need of a remedy against this painful ailment, which he believes is common in Uppsala. Ahlelöf has sent Linnaeus a few samples of Phaseolus, already described by Linnaeus [in “Beskrifning på et slag ostindiska ärter”Linnaeus, Carl “Beskrifning
på et slag ostindiska ärter,
som äro tienlige uti
sten-passionen”, KVAH (1742),
vol. 3, 202-206. Soulsby no. 387. ]. These samples, however, differ in being white and having a black circle around the elongated white hilum.
The letter ends with information that Ahlelöf had passed on greetings from Linnaeus to Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. .