Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck,
16 October 1752 n.s.
L1496. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Pehr OsbeckPehr Osbeck (1723-1805). Swedish.
Linnaeus thanks Pehr OsbeckOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
Linnaeus admits that the numbers must have been confused, which he cannot understand, for he unpacked the specimens cautiously, and those who helped him to mount them were told to be careful about the numbers.
Linnaeus is sorry that Osbeck’s health is not improving, and he gives him some advice on how to cure it.
Linnaeus has some questions about the birds and thinks that the black bird is the same as the one that catches fishes for the Chinese. Linnaeus asks Osbeck to write something on the birds and on the plants and to send it to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
In Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
Everyone is surprised that Osbeck could get so many plants from China where nobody is permitted to go up into the country.
Linnaeus identifies one of Osbeck’s plant specimens and corrects Osbeck on one of the insects, which is not a Diptera.
Linnaeus asks Osbeck to forward his thanks for a letter from Jonas Ahlelöf’s Ahlelöf, Jonas