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Link: • Pehr Osbeck to Carl Linnaeus, 6 August 1752 n.s.
Dated 26 Julii 1752. Sent from Göteborg (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


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.
thanks Linnaeus for his letter [Linnaeus to Osbeck, 16 July 1752Letter L1457]. He admits that his latest letter was sent in great haste and undated [Osbeck to Linnaeus, July 1752Letter L1457], for which he apologizes.

Osbeck explains that Ricophora is yam, which is common food in East India for everybody, both natives and Europeans.

Osbeck makes a few comments on Linnaeus’s answers referring to the plant species.

Osbeck sends some more items through Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. They are of all kinds, fishes, birds, insects, a skull of a deer, stones, plants and seeds.

Osbeck had observed, and reports as an important piece of news, that a plant, also common in Sweden, is widely grown in China for its roots. Osbeck had had some difficulties and danger in seeing the plant, which he identified as Sagittaria, found in Flora SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica,
exhibens plantas per regnum Sveciae
crescentes, systematice cum differentiis
specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus,
incolarum, solo locorum, usu
(Leiden 1745).
Soulsby no. 408.
. This fact should be of interest to people in Sweden and should be a proof that botany is advantageous to everybody. Osbeck has forgotten to report it to Linnaeus earlier. In Sweden, where the plant is wild, it must be easy to plant.

P.S. Osbeck writes that he has some fragile items meant for Linnaeus. He would prefer to send them by boat, but he does not dare to do so because of the customs officials. They have been smuggled ashore by a friend. They form a small token of Osbeck’s respect for Linnaeus.


a. (LS, XI, 290-291). [1] [2] [3]


1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 94-95   p.94  p.95.