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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck, 16 October 1752 n.s.
Dated 5 octobr 1752. Sent from () to (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus 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 his letter [Osbeck to Linnaeus, 11 OctoberLetter L1475]. He answers with names and comments about some of the species. He has had Osbeckia delineated.

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,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] and Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.

In Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
Linnaeus has mentioned Osbeck with all the species that were new to Linnaeus. Osbeck will become a famous author. The work seems to be of 100 leaves, with about 100 species described in each leaf. Two leaves are printed each week.

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
(1717-1783). Swedish. Clergyman, dean
of Frillesås. Correspondent of
[presumably Ahlelöf to Linnaeus, 2 August 1752Letter L1450], and and that he will, when he has time, assist him all the way he can.


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


1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 110-111   p.110  p.111.