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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1474 • Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck, 18 September 1752 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus, who came back from Drottningholm the day before, thanks 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.
for everything that has arrived from him during Linnaeus’s absence.

Linnaeus has never before received such a large collection from the East Indies, with the exception of that from Hermann, who had been there for nine years. Linnaeus does not understand how Osbeck has managed to collect so much and to keep the specimens during the uncomfortable conditions aboard. Linnaeus’s all friends are helping to mount them, and even that is a considerable task. Collecting and drying them must have been even tougher. Most of Paul Hermann’sHermann, Paul (1646-1695).
German. Botanist, physician at Batavia,
professor of botany at Leiden.
species are to be found among those from Osbeck, together with many more. Linnaeus now has more dried specimens than any other botanist; and Pehr KalmKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
did not bring as many from America as what Linnaeus has received from the three pupils who went to India.

Linnaeus asks Osbeck to thank 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.
and Christopher Henrik BraadBraad, Christopher Henrik
(1728-1781). Swedish. Supercargo of the
Swedish East India Company.
. Linnaeus is acquainted with Torén, but he wants to know more about Braad, who seems to be a very able collector.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 107-108   p.107  p.108.