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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck, 4 December 1752 n.s.
Dated 23 November 1752. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Göteborg (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus understands that 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.
really is going to sea again. Linnaeus hopes his health will stand it or even improve, and he gives some advice on medicine that will help him, but not at once. He adds that Osbeck should be cautious with meat and eat porridge.

Linnaeus answers some questions about plants, and reports that he has received some fishes. A student from Värmland has something from Osbeck, but he will give it to Linnaeus after Christmas when he comes to Uppsala.

Linnaeus describes the tree Hernandia, a rare and precious plant. The seeds that Linnaeus got were not good.

If Osbeck wants to collect for the King [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] and the Queen [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.
], he should collect molluscs, insects mounted on needles, and fishes and small animals preserved in spirit.

Linnaeus will publish Osbeck’s observations in the Acta. Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will himself describe the little parrot. The description of the Mangha tree is inserted in the Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.

Linnaeus has to go to Court on December 17 and may have to stay there for a couple of months.

Species plantarum is not printed farther than Hexandria. Linnaeus had preferred to have the leaf with Octandria Monogynia ready before Osbeck’s departure, so that he could see his name in print. He can send the leaf to Spain, if he knows the address.

Linnaeus does not understand what species Osbeck means by Osbeckia. The way Osbeck describes it, it must be a Melastoma, but Linnaeus will give another plant the name Osbeckia. Linnaeus sends Osbeck a small specimen, so that they understand each other.


a. original holograph (KVA). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 128-129   p.128  p.129.