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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck, 16 July 1752 n.s.
Dated 1752 d. 5 julii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Göteborg (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus had been very glad to receive Pehr Osbeck’sOsbeck, 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.
latest letter [Osbeck to Linnaeus, probably written 27 June 1752 o.s.Letter L5312] telling him that Osbeck had returned safely to Sweden.

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).
Swedish. Printer, bookseller, publisher.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Lärda tidningar as they were so full of information. Osbeck had seen more in Spain than all those who had lived there before.

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
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. The seeds and all the plants but two were lost. The two were a Verbascum and an Orchis araneum referens.

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.


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


1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 89-90   p.89  p.90.