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Link: • Pehr Osbeck to Carl Linnaeus, 29 November 1752 n.s.
Dated 18 Nov. 1752. Sent from Göteborg (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Through Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
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.
had received Linnaeus’s latest letter [Linnaeus to Osbeck, 20 November 1752Letter L1510] that had shown him how much Linnaeus cares about him. In answer, Osbeck gives a detailed description of the problem with his health, especially with his lungs and breathing, but often also acute pain in the upper part of his body. He also describes what medicine he has tried and what it had done. Lagerström had arranged for Gustaf Zimmerman, the city doctor of Gothenburg, to treat Osbeck.

The ship where Osbeck is appointed chaplain may be ready to leave in a week, but without a favourable wind its departure will be postponed, maybe until as late as Christmas. Another ship, also bound for Cadiz, will not leave until then. If Linnaeus cannot send Osbeck a copy of Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
before Osbeck’s departure, the second ship can take it to Cadiz, where Osbeck will be able to get it.

P. S. Osbeck gives several small hints and questions, starting with a question to Linnaeus what Linnaeus thinks Osbeck should give priority to during the journey. Anders GaddGadd, Anders Swedish. will be on the same ship, and Osbeck will keep to him; he understands what Osbeck is working at. In China, Osbeck will try to make the Chinese make good preparations of herbs, but he does not think he will succeed. Osbeck asks to be told if Linnaeus has received the stuffed birds and fishes that have been sent to him. Osbeck gives some additional information about them and about various herbs. Osbeck is now so busy with his preparations for the journey that he has not time to write more, and he is not sure he will have time to get more than one more letter from Linnaeus before his departure, which may be in as little as two weeks.


a. (LS, XI, 316-317). [1] [2] [3]


1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 124-125   p.124  p.125.