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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck, 9 May 1755 n.s.
Dated 1755 9 naji. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeusís departure had been too hastily decided.

Linnaeus has managed to obtain the plants that the Countess [Lovisa Ulrica TessinTessin, Lovisa Ulrica (-1768).
Swedish. Countess, wife of Carl Gustaf
] had desired. Linnaeus had promised them to her, and he keeps his promise.

Osbeck had asked about Mimosa sensitica. Linnaeus answers that it seldom produces seeds in Sweden. Since it is the Countess Tessin who shall have them, Linnaeus is sending some, and he advises Osbeck to sow them in a bench and to keep them warm.

Linnaeus gives Osbeck advice on how to cultivate various other plants: Portulaca pilosa, Dodecantheon, Axyri, Canelus, Frankenia, Persiflora.

Linnaeus has a young peacock, a male 2 years old, which he has meant to give to 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
Linnaeusís career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
. Originally, there was also a hen, but it died. Linnaeus asks Osbeck to find out if Tessin is interested in receiving the bird and if so, how it should be sent to him.

Linnaeus wishes that he could afford to accompany Tessin during the summer. However, each plant must be left in its own habitat.

Linnaeus has Daphne and Höfärt, but he has no seeds. They must be easy to obtain at Åkerö.

Linnaeus thanks Osbeck for his latest message [this letter has not come down to us] and reports that he has done what Osbeck asked.

Linnaeus sends his greetings to Tessin.

P. S. Linnaeus repeats that Osbeck must be absolutely sure not to let anybody, except the Countess, get a seed of the Mimosa.


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