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Link: • Johan Otto Hagström to Carl Linnaeus, 10 April 1757 n.s.
Dated 10 April 1757. Sent from LinkŲping (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Johan Otto HagströmHagström, Johan Otto
(1716-1792). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Linnaeusís student. Linnaeus
wrote the introduction to his Pan
(1768), on bee-pollinated
flowers. He was one of the tutors of
Carl Linnaeus the Younger. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
had earlier asked a relative in Härnösand to put aside a suitable game animal for Linnaeusís kitchen, but as yet knew not whether anything had been acquired.

Hagström has been granted permission to grow various medicinal plants in Linköping and dyes on a plot of land measuring 16 ells wide and 60 long. He also plans to establish a small garden there for students. On the north side there are the white stonewalls of the secondary school, the gymnasium, on the south there are wooden houses. Thus, half of the plot gets the morning sun and half the afternoon sun. Hagström begs Linnaeus to send him seeds that would be best suited to his garden. It is not low-lying but located on a high place, and here one has to pay 16 öre in the copper reckoning for each cask of water that is brought from the river. Hagström continues to inform Linnaeus about local names of the plants he has found.

Hagström again expresses the wish that Linnaeus would send him some seeds, such as Zeranthemum, Digitalis, etc., mentioning also that a Goldfinch hen had laid an egg in the cage, one egg per year, for the second summer in a row. The Daphne, or Laureola, that Hagström had in the cellar over the winter nonetheless shed its leaves around Christmas time.


a. (LS, VI, 106-107). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 255-256   p.255  p.256.