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Link: • Pehr Osbeck to Carl Linnaeus, 3 June 1756 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


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 already seen the guenon. Its tail is longer than its body. It cannot be said to have a beard, although there are long hairs in its cheeks, for under the chin the fur is short and less dense. The colour is grey, less dark around the eyes, and the feet and hands are almost black. The nails are round in the thumbs, oblong in the other fingers. It has two long teeth in each jaw. There is a ridge between the nostrils down to the lip.

The guenon likes playing with kittens and lifts a foot to show that you shall scratch it. When it is angry, it draws back its upper lip or gives a droning sound. It likes sitting at the tiled stove, where it is fettered or locked. Before they started using a lock, it untied the knots and got loose. Once, it had got loose while the mistress was out – it is bound in her chamber – and had taken the powder-puff, powdered itself stately and bitten the powder-box. Apart from that, it does not imitate very much.

Once, it had got loose in Arboga and gone into the forest and barely escaped being shot, when someone took it for a wolf cub, but someone who had heard of the loss had reported it. The mistress says it looks like squirrel fur.

This kind of guenon and the common Javanese one are difficult to separate except by their size and to some extent by the colour.

The proposal for the parish will not be finished until August, so Osbeck’s journey will be postponed.

Osbeck does not understand the term squarrosus. He wants to know the name of the enclosed plant, which he thought to be a Thlaspi but it has only one seed, as far as Osbeck has seen. Linnaeus does not need to send the plant back.


a. (LS, XI, 329-330). [1] [2] [3]