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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Johan Gustaf Wahlbom, 20 March 1755 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. 20 martii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Kalmar (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus thanks Johan Gustaf WahlbomWahlbom, Johan Gustaf
(1724-1808). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Studied at Uppsala under
Linnaeus, anatomy, surgery and
obstretics at Wittenberg. Provincial
physician at Kalmar. Correspondent of
for his letter [this letter has not come down to us], that Linnaeus had received when he returned from Court the day before.

Wahlbom has meant much to Linnaeus, and Linnaeus thanks him and wishes God will be gracious to Wahlbom.

The letter that Wahlbom had enclosed will be forwarded by mail the same day.

The printing of Flora Svecica is in progress [Linnaeus refers to the second edition, Flora Svecica 2nd ed.Linnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica
: exhibens plantas per regnum Sveciae
crescentes, systematice cum differentiis
specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus
incolarum, solo locorum, usu
oeconomorum, officinalibus
2nd ed. (Stockholm
1755). Soulsby no. 409.

The second part of Pehr Kalm’sKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
travel report [Linnaeus refers to En resa til Norra AmericaKalm, Pehr En resa til Norra
America, på Kongl. Swenska
Wetenskaps Academiens befattning, och
publici kostnad
, I-III (Stockholm
1753-1761). Soulsby no. 2586a.
] is also being printed. It will be a very nice work.

If Wahlbom goes to Öland next summer, he must not forget to collect seeds or roots of Chrysocoma, which Wahlbom has discovered for the Swedish flora. Linnaeus wants it for his garden.

Linnaeus thinks it would be well to have a drawing of Cistus oelandicus, which Linnaeus does not expect to see in his garden. Wahlbom will have proper credit for that discovery also. The drawing should indicate clearly that the plant lacks stipules, as far as Linnaeus can see.

Linnaeus comments Charles Alston’sAlston, Charles (1683-1760).
Scottish. Botanist and physician.
Studied in Leiden under Boerhaave.
Professor of botany and medicine at
Tirocinium botanicum EdinburgenseAlston, Charles Tirocinium
botanicum Edinburgense
which contains some basic facts about botany and de sexu plantarum. Generally, it is written against Linnaeus. Linnaeus thinks Alston goes far too far, since all others have left that issue, and he thinks Wahlbom could use his free time to write something against Alston and show him frankly what his ideas are worth.

Abraham Bäck’sBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
wedding had taken place the day before.


a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnés arkiv). [1] [2] [3] [4]