Linnaeus asks 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. if he is really serious about going to sea again and if his health permits him. Linnaeus thinks that he should not go if he does not think that he will survive. Linnaeus wants to know his symptoms, so that he can give him the best advice.
Magnus LagerströmLagerström, Magnus
(1691-1759). Swedish. Director of the
Swedish East India Company.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. had sent Linnaeus a large box a year ago, containing more than 1,000 Chinese plants, most of which were not among those now sent by Osbeck. However, the Chinese had only collected the newest shoots, since they are ignorant of botany, so Linnaeus could hardly identify a single one of them. Linnaeus suggests that the Chinese could be taught to make herbaria and sell them to Europe; that would be advantageous.
Linnaeus asks Osbeck about a suitable way of showing Lagerström how thankful Linnaeus is to him.