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Link: • Clas Alströmer to Carl Linnaeus, 7 November 1759 n.s.
Dated 7 Novbr. 1759. Sent from Alingsås (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Since writing last [this letter has not come down to us], Claes AlströmerAlströmer, Clas
(1736-1794). Swedish. Baron,
industrialist. Sent plants and specimens
to Linnaeus from his travels abroad.
Bought Linnaeus’s “little herbarium”,
now in the Natural History Museum in
Stockholm. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of August, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
has scrutinized most of a collection of Chinese natural-history specimens that is principally about snails [a ”Catalogus Chinesium” is enclosed to the letter]; he will send the remaining items to Linnaeus to be named if he cannot identify them when books still at sea are to hand. He found this collection was smaller than report made it. Its collector would like to be recruited for a voyage to Surat, on which the company of Christopher Henrik BraadBraad, Christopher Henrik
(1728-1781). Swedish. Supercargo of the
Swedish East India Company.
, David PontinPontin, David (1733-1809).
Swedish. Clergyman and naturalist.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Chaplain to the Swedish East
India Company. Dean of Häggestad
and Oppeby. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and an honest captain would benefit him.

A putative curcurbita from the Cape of Good Hope, where such are eaten, has rotted; he encloses its seeds. It was almost round; its shrunken ends were surrounded with a knotty band.

He encloses a large seed found on Java and begs to learn its identity and that of the seeds of the curcurbita a.

He and another could not determine some vermes, snails, fishes and marine creatures, as well as a worm and a Nereis or so-called marine grape.

Few garden arrangements have been made in the absence of his father [Jonas AlströmerAlströmer, Jonas
(1685-1761). Swedish. Industrialist.
One of the founders of the Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences in 1739. The same
year Head of the Royal Board of Trade in
Sweden [Kommerskollegium]. Father of
August, Clas, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
]; when they are he wishes to make requests of Linnaeus.

His collector Jakob Jakobsson BoethiusBoethius, Jakob Jakobsson
(1690-1748). Swedish. Municipal
physician in Gothenburg, poet.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
having asked for instructions for the voyage to Surat, he requests Linnaeus’s orders.

He sends his respects to Linnaeus’s wife [Sara Elisabet LinnaeaMoraea, Sara Elisabet
(1716-1806). Swedish. Linnaeus’s wife.
Daughter of Johan Moraeus and Elisabet
Hansdotter Moraea. Mother of Carl
Linnaeus the Younger and of Elisabeth
Christina, Louisa, Sara Christina and
Sophia Linnaea.
] and a greeting to his son [Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his father’s lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeus’s
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his


a. original holograph (LS, I, 49-50). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 14-15   p.14  p.15.