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Link: • Pehr Osbeck to Carl Linnaeus, 8 November 1752 n.s.
Dated 28. Oct. 1752. Sent from Göteborg (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


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.
thanks Linnaeus for his letter of October 19 [this letter has not come down to us], which had taught him much. He encloses another set of plants, which he asks Linnaeus to treat in the same way.

Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had asked Osbeck to tell Linnaeus that he had received Linnaeus’s letter [this letter has not come down to us] about the Queen’s [Lovisa UlrikaLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] request, and that he already had given the necessary orders, although he had not yet had time to answer himself. It shall be done as soon as possible.

Osbeck regrets that poverty is so common among students that it makes their lives shorter. No less damage is caused by the fact that those, who are better off, are reluctant to help those who are ready to risk health and life for the common good. Osbeck thinks of Christopher TärnströmTärnström, Christopher
(1711-1746). Swedish. Clergyman and
botanist. At the recommendation of
Linnaeus, he was accepted as chaplain by
the Swedish East India Company. In 1746
he departed for China but died on the
island of Pulo Candor, Vietnam.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Fredrik HasselqvistHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, both dead, and remarks that the Pope has canonized several who did not have one thousandth of the latter’s merits.

If Osbeck were to die, it would be God’s will. Osbeck sees no means of earning a salary in Sweden, for there are no parishes free in the diocese. Therefore, he has to go to sea again, willing or unwilling, and he has already been accepted as a chaplain on the ship Adolph Fredrik that is to leave for China in November with Johan RundsteenRundsteen, Johan Swedish.
Captain, employed by the Swedish East
India Company. Commander on the ship
Adolph Frideric.
as captain. Osbeck will be very busy until then, so Linnaeus cannot expect much from him. Osbeck also has trouble with his health, but he uses the cures that Linnaeus has suggested.

Osbeck answers Linnaeus’s questions on three of the pliant specimens sent before, and he has three questions, the first about a plant that grew close to the European graveyard outside Canton. Osbeck also adds to his previous information about Alpinia and Diandristes.

Osbeck has just received the two parts of Linnaeus’s Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
. It was a welcome addition to his scientific library.

P. S. Osbeck first gives comments and answers about several plants, ending with the information that Jonas Ahlelöf’sAhlelöf, Jonas
(1717-1783). Swedish. Clergyman, dean
of Frillesås. Correspondent of
yam is still alive and that Osbeck does not know the Michelia mentioned in Lärda tidningar. Then Osbeck mentions what he has to do if his health does not permit him to go: he will borrow money and go to Uppsala and show Linnaeus that he has had the will to follow Linnaeus’s recommendations. He would prefer to go, anyhow, and get more items to his collection of natural objects.


a. (LS, XI, 310-311). [1] [2] [3]


1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 115-118   p.115  p.116  p.117  p.118.