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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1450 • Jonas Ahlelöf to Carl Linnaeus, 2 August 1752 n.s.
Dated 22 Julii 1752. Sent from Göteborg (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

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Jonas AhlelöfAhlelöf, Jonas
(1717-1783). Swedish. Clergyman, dean
of Frillesås. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
sends Linnaeus a few seeds and plants from the East Indies. The seeds should be sown as soon as possible. He is also eager to know the names of the plants, which Linnaeus is welcome to keep. He further states that 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.
and 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.
have sent him very few plants this year. Among other rare specimens Osbeck has a plant of the class Gynandria with a beautiful white flower which surely will form a new species if it can reach Uppsala in one piece. Osbeck will also bring a peculiar species of potatoes, called yams. The root is long like a carrot and of a gelatinous consistency. It tastes like a mixture of oil and flour. Ahlelöf has planted a piece in a pot, and will tell Linnaeus if it grows.

Ahlelöf was happy to find Coclea subarenaceo-marina described by Linnaeus in Wäst-göta-resaLinnaeus, Carl
Wäst-göta-resa på
riksens högloflige ständers
befallning förrättad år
1746. Med anmärkningar uti
oeconomien, naturkunnogheten,
antiquiteter, inwånarnes seder och
lefnads-sätt
(Stockholm 1747).
. He describes how this clam uses its trunk to feed from the bottom and also has a complicated circulation of water. Two almost dead cockles had opened their shells and Ahlelöf had removed their bodies and put them in a solution of alcohol. They will be sent as soon as possible.

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a. original holograph (LS, I, 15-16). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 11-13   p.11  p.12  p.13.