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Link: • Pehr Osbeck to Carl Linnaeus, 25 July 1753 n.s.
Dated 25 Julii 1753. Sent from Läckö (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


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.
has tried to find some new plants around Läckö, which is why he has not yet had time to visit Linnaeus. He has preached twice to the Tessins [Carl Gustaf TessinTessin, Carl Gustaf
(1695-1770). Swedish. Count, important
politician and patron of science and
art. He supported Swedish artists and
scientists and collected art, books and
natural history objects. He assisted
Linnaeus’s career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
and Lovisa Ulrica TessinTessin, Lovisa Ulrica (-1768).
Swedish. Countess, wife of Carl Gustaf
] and held services each day, so he has not had time to work a full day at botany. He is in great favour with Tessin, who is leaving for Stockholm together with the Lovisa Ulrica Tessin as soon as they hear of the Queen’s [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.
] imminent delivery.

Osbeck has used Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
in his work. He has also read the catalogue of Tessin’s museum [Museum TessinianumLinnaeus, Carl Museum
Tessinianum, opera illustrissimi comitis
Dom. Car. Gust. Tessin [...]
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 1081.
] and the botanical part of Systema naturae [Osbeck refers to the fifth edition, Herr archiaterns och riddarens D. Caroli Linnaei indelning i ört-riketLinnaeus, Carl Herr
archiaterns och riddarens D. Caroli
Linnaei indelning i ört-riket,
efter Systema Naturae på swenska
öfwersatt af Johan J. Haartman

(Stockholm, 1753). Soulsby no. 53.
, dedicated to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin], which the Countess has received in a complete edition. Osbeck has also read in Lärda tidningar about the dissertation on the growth of botany [Incrementa botanicesLinnaeus, Carl Incrementa
, diss., resp. J. Bjuur
(Uppsala, 1753). Soulsby no. 1752.
], and this and similar things have made time both short and agreeable to a servant of Flora even in so remote a place as Läckö.

Osbeck has found Linnaea in the old forests around the castle. Veronica has established itself in the island of Rastholmen in the lake Vänern; normally, it is only found on beaches.

Osbeck has not found edible roots in the Swedish Sagittaria. Ophrys paludosa grows in wet meadows together with a Carex, similar to no. 757 of Flora SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica,
exhibens plantas per regnum Sveciae
crescentes, systematice cum differentiis
specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus,
incolarum, solo locorum, usu
(Leiden 1745).
Soulsby no. 408.
but not quite the same. Its difference is given, and Osbeck encloses a specimen for Linnaeus to decide on.


a. (LS, XI, 322-323). [1] [2] [3]


1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 136-137   p.136  p.137.