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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck, 16 September 1755 n.s.
Dated 16 Sept. 1755. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus welcomes 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.
back after the summer, which he supposes has been very agreeable for Osbeck who lives so close 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
Linnaeus’s career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of

Linnaeus is also very glad to hear that his Chinese tea-set is in Stockholm. He hopes that it has not been damaged on the way, especially as it has not been repacked. Linnaeus asks Osbeck to send it by one of the daily ships from Stockholm to Uppsala and to ask the skipper very emphatically to guard it like gold. Linnaeus will collect it himself at the customs office, so that nobody else touches it.

Linnaeus thanks Osbeck for seeds and asks what kind of soil Osbeckia requires. The Lonicera does not seem to ripen. Linnaeus asks if the Cireka is of the smaller variant.

Osbeck should ask Pehr Wilhelm WargentinWargentin, Pehr Wilhelm
(1717-1783). Swedish. Astronomer and
statistician. Secretary of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1749.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
or Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
about some detail on a snake that should not be forgotten or hidden.

Linnaeus has recently been in Stockholm and will presumably not have time to go there again before Christmas. He has received 100 rare plants from London; Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has sent seventy from the Cape, some of them rare. Argenia flowers in the garden with one flower, a very strange one that Linnaeus has never seen before. The two variants of Musa flower. This summer Linnaeus has had quite a lot in his garden in Uppsala [the Uppsala University Botanical Garden] that has not flowered there before.

Linnaeus hopes that Osbeck will soon be ready to print his travel report. Linnaeus will not stop talking about it until it is published. Osbeck should contact a printer immediately, so that they are not busy with other things. [The travel report was published in 1757, Dagbok öfwer en ostindisk resaOsbeck, Pehr Dagbok
öfwer en ostindisk resa åren
1750. 1751. 1752. Med anmärkningar
uti naturkunnigheten, främmande
folkslags språk, seder,
hushållning, m.m. [...] Jämte
12 tabeller och afledne
skepps-predikanten : Toréns
(Stockholm 1757).

Linnaeus has received the second part of Kalm’s travel report [Linnaeus refers to the 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.

Linnaeus has also received Georg Dionysius Ehret’sEhret, Georg Dionysius
(1710-1770). German/British. Botanical
illustrator. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
pictures of plants, published by Christopher Jacob TrewTrew, Christopher Jacob
(1695-1769). German. Botanist,
physician and counsellor of the margrave
of Ansbach.
in Nürnberg [Linnaeus refers to the Plantae selectaeTrew, Christopher Jacob
Plantae selectae quarum imagines ad
exemplaria naturalia Londini, in hortis
curiosorum nutrita, manu artificiosa
doctaque pinxit Georgius Dionysius Ehret
[.. ]
(S.l. [1750-1773]).
]. They are the best botanical illustrations that Linnaeus has ever seen.

If Linnaeus could help ThollanderThollander, Swedish. in some way, he would be glad to do so; the only thing needed is a simple letter of recommendation.

Linnaeus wishes Osbeck could come and spend some time with him.


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