Pehr Osbeck to Carl Linnaeus,
23 August 1752 n.s.
L1467. Pehr OsbeckPehr Osbeck (1723-1805). Swedish.
Pehr OsbeckOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
Osbeck admits that some of the specimens have been incomplete, but he thinks that Linnaeus can recognize most of them.
Osbeck has not yet been able to work at the annotations made during the voyage, so that they can be read by anybody else. Twice during the voyage, he had had severe attacks of asthma for some weeks. He describes his attacks, and he is afraid that he will not see East India again. He despairs of being helped in Sweden, so he asks Linnaeus for advice.
Osbeck answers a question from Linnaeus on Melastoma in the negative, since he could not find a specimen that looked like the one mentioned by Linnaeus. Therefore, he had decided it must be a new species.
Linnaeus had asked about another specimen, and Osbeck answers with a description of the Ironwood tree, formerly mentioned in Israel Reinius’sReinius, Israel Swedish. reports on his journey to the East Indies [Osbeck refers to the Anmärkningar samlade under en resa til ChinaReinius, Israel
Allium without leaves was used by the Spaniards as bundles of spices under the name of Flores S. Josephi.
P.S. 1 Osbeck thanks Linnaeus for names of plants and other things, and sends some more plant specimens.
P. S. 2 Osbeck is glad that Jonas AhlelöfAhlelöf, Jonas
P. S. 3 The flowers of Cypripedium are enclosed, but the other parts will come with Holmsten [presumably Jonas HolmstenHolmsten, Jonas Swedish.