Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck,
16 July 1752 n.s.
L1457. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Pehr OsbeckPehr Osbeck (1723-1805). Swedish.
Linnaeus had been very glad to receive Pehr Osbeck’sOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
Linnaeus had received Osbeck’s letters from Cadiz [Osbeck to Linnaeus, 9 March 1751Letter L1233, 1 April 1751Letter L1252], and he had had them printed in Lars Salvius’Salvius, Lars (1706-1773).
The ship that had taken it was wrecked, but the specimens that were preserved in spirit had been saved and sent to Linnaeus through Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
Linnaeus congratulates Osbeck on having seen so much of the world. Linnaeus has seen so little and has to be content when others, who have visited paradise, show him some samples.
Linnaeus has some questions about potatoes, Cape pigeons and the booby. He knows ginger but not yam. Osbeck is the first to tell Linnaeus that there are mosses and mushrooms in India.
Linnaeus wants to have some sample from Osbeck’s dried plants from India, especially an Osbeckia.
Linnaeus thanks Osbeck for the description of the Sargasso Sea.