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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck, 3 July 1752 n.s.
Dated 1752 d. 22 junii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus thanks 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.
for the packages that he has received. He gives the name of the plant that was enclosed in the latest letter.

For 21 of the 26 samples that Osbeck had sent him together with his latest letter [Osbeck to Linnaeus, undated, but written in July 1752Letter L5313], Linnaeus gives a tentative definition or another comment, such as that he cannot define the species without also seeing its leaves. One of the comments mentions the work Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.

Linnaeus admits that this answer is somewhat hasty and adds that he may be able to give a fuller reply later.

Linnaeus finds it interesting that mosses and mushrooms grow in India.

The animal sent by Olof TorénTorén, Olof (1718-1753).
Swedish. Clergyman, naturalist.
Linnaeus’s pupil. Went to China in
1748-1749 and to India and China in
1750-1752. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
was already known to Linnaeus, who had received a specimen preserved in alcohol from Lagerström. However, Linnaeus does not know what it is.


a. original holograph (KVA). [1] [2]


1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 92-93   p.92  p.93.