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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2049 • Pehr Osbeck to Carl Linnaeus, 13 May 1756 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.

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As Linnaeus had requested, 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.
has looked at RenhornísRenhorn, Swedish. guenon. Osbeck had recognized it at once, so he did not have to see it very long. Instead, he had looked into his notes from his journey, since they had had such an animal on board from Java. However, Osbeck had not compared different kinds, and he had not had the publication Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis SuecorumLinnaeus, 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
(Stockholm
1754).
or a description of the species Diana available. Because of that, he has made a description of Renhornís specimen, but if it is not satisfactory, he will make a picture of it. He has not dared to handle the animal, since he was afraid it would bite him. On board the ship, a guenon had bitten the ear of a boy who had happened to handle it in a way that it did not like.

Osbeck gives a description in Swedish of the animal Simia caudata naso complanato ab ore valde distante (a monkey with a tail and with a flat nose situated far from the mouth). This kind is less common in Java than the smaller variant.

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a. (LS, XI, 326-327). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]