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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck, 3 October 1755 n.s.
Dated 1755 d. 3 octobr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus has not yet received any copy of the catalogue of the Kingís [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] cabinet [Linnaeus refers to the Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici RegisLinnaeus, Carl Museum S:ae
R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis
Suecorum [...] in quo animalia rariora
imprimis et exotica: quadrupedia, aves,
amphibia, pisces, insecta, vermes
describuntur et determinantur, Latine et
Suetice cum iconibus
], but he will try to get one for 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.

Linnaeus had received a living specimen of the Dodecantheon, since it was impossible to get it from seeds. However, he is sure that all the seeds Osbeck got were fresh.

Linnaeus comments on the bamboo.

Linnaeusís Syngenesistes (Coryza chinensis) is growing in the greenhouse and has flowers, thanks to Osbeck. It comes from seeds given by Osbeck. It also flowered the year before.

Chenopodium has many variants, and since Linnaeusís specimen is taken from Europe, it is quite similar to the normal Swedish one.

Linnaeus sees that the Pentandristes belongs to the species Rhamni. The petals do not alternate with the stamens, and he also mentions other details.

Linnaeus mentions three other plants very briefly.

Linnaeus has not seen the tropical bird before. He has some idea of what it might be and ends with a reference to a nice picture in the third part of Mark CalesbyísCatesby, Mark (1682-1749).
British. Naturalist and artist. Best
known for his illustrated work The
Natural history of Carolina, Florida and
the Bahama islands
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
work [Linnaeus refers to The Natural history of CarolinaCatesby, Mark The Natural
history of Carolina, Florida and the
Bahama Islands: containing the figures
of birds, beasts, fishes, serpents,
insects and plants: particularly the
forest-trees, shrubs, and other plants,
not hitherto described, or very
incorrectly figured by authors. Together
with their descriptions in English and
French. To which are added observations
on the air, soil, and wate: with remarks
upon agriculture, grain, pulse, roots,
&c. To the whole is prefixed a new
and correct map of the countries treated
, I-II (London 1731-1743).

Linnaeus corrects himself on the Coryza that he had said was Coryza Chinensis. It must instead be Coryza cinerea.

P. S. Linnaeus reports that he has got some seeds from Gothenburg. He adds the advice that seeds should be put into water; if they do not sink, they are no good.


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