Pehr Osbeck to Carl Linnaeus,
21 October 1752 n.s.
L1492. Pehr OsbeckPehr Osbeck (1723-1805). Swedish.
Pehr OsbeckOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
The latest letter [16 OctoberLetter L1496] and the copy of Lärda tidningar had pleased Osbeck very much. He believes that those, who had regarded his work with his natural history specimens during the voyage as a foolish work, now might envy Osbeck, but Osbeck does not care about that.
He will use the drugs mentioned. He hopes that he will get rid of his illness that might have also other causes, such as scurvy, for his jaws have bled sometimes.
Colvolvulus foliis bilobis, mentioned in Flora ZeylanicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Aralia caule nuda has leaves only in its top. The rest of its stem has no leaves, but it is very straight and full of thorns, as are its branches and the stems of the leaves.
The bird Diomedea is very common around Asuncion and also far out in the sea.
Several of the sailors had laughed at Osbeck when he stuffed his specimens aboard the ship, and some of them even said that he would let Osbeck skin a horse for him when they had returned home. Now, Osbeck laughs at all that, when he has been praised by learned people.
The Booby, which also means “fool”, was first seen by Osbeck on July 13, 1751, off the coast of Java on the way to China. Osbeck thinks that the white is male, the black female.
Osbeck does not know which bird it is that catches fish for the Chinese. That was not practiced near Canton. Osbeck has seen it depicted in Halde’s description of China, if it has a more hooked upper beak than the Booby has.
Osbeck wonders how he should report to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Osbeck forwards greetings from Jonas AhlelöfAhlelöf, Jonas
P. S. Osbeck gives some more suggestions about what he could submit to the academies. He does not send anything until he has heard from Linnaeus, and he wants Linnaeus to read it first to avoid mistakes.
Osbeck also encloses a number of plants that have not been sent before. He asks Linnaeus to tell him their names according to the numbers they carry.