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 [Linnaeus to Osbeck, 4 December 1752Letter L1503] with medical ordinations, and botanical facts.
Osbeck’s health is getting worse, and he wants to cancel his journey, which Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. is unwilling to accept. By the next mail, Osbeck hopes to tell Linnaeus what the final decision is. Most of the food on board is meat, which is contrary to Linnaeus’s advice to avoid that. Osbeck is pessimistic.
Osbeck is glad that he had been told about the Hernandia which grows in Java. It is a large tree, with leaves in the form of shields, and Osbeck has one. Osbeck also describes its fruits.
Osbeck is also glad that the issue of the Osbeckia has been settled. The confusion must be due to a mistake in a number. Osbeck sends Linnaeus a description of the plant, made in China.
P. S. A number of issues are treated: Osbeck gives Linnaeus the address in Cadiz that is the safest to use. It belongs to Jacob Martin BellmanBellman, Jacob Martin
(1706-1786). Swedish. Merchant, Cadiz.
Swedish consul there 1742-1766. His
brother´s son was the author Carl
Michaël Bellman. , the Swedish consul there. - Osbeck also thanks Linnaeus for publishing his descriptions in the Acta and promises something better when he has returned. - The ship Adolph Fredrick, which Osbeck is assigned to, will leave in a week or two, and a second ship, the Götha Lejon, will not leave until after Christmas. They will meet in Cadiz, anyhow. - The student from Värmland has with him two lions made from sea-shells and a larva of some butterfly, which frightens the inhabitants of Värmland. - Osbeck returns the order for a new tea-set, for if Osbeck does not go this time, nobody else on board the ship will take care of it.