Carl Linnaeus to Pehr Osbeck,
20 January 1756 n.s.
L1999. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Pehr OsbeckPehr Osbeck (1723-1805). Swedish.
Linnaeus had not seen the tropic bird, and he had thought it could be a young “Pelecano piscatore” [NB! The name is in Italian!]. However, Pehr OsbeckOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
The small bird must be the wryneck.
Linnaeus will go incognito to Stockholm in a few days to see some birds. Osbeck can meet him in the house of the College of Military Defense [Krigskollegium], number 144, opposite the little church, and in there in the corner room inside the door.
Osbeck’s travel report should be published at once [the travel report was published in 1757, Dagbok öfwer en ostindisk resa Osbeck, Pehr Dagbok
Linnaeus tentatively identifies one of the birds he had got from Osbeck as Passer stultus Hernandes. However, all marine birds seem to be stulti [foolish] and do not avoid human beings.
Linnaeus will tell Osbeck more when they meet. However, Linnaeus will only be that one day in Stockholm.
a. original holograph (KVA).