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Link: • Clas Alströmer to Carl Linnaeus, 30 April 1760 n.s.
Dated 30 April 1760. Sent from Cadiz (Spain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


After leaving Gothenburg on 29 February 1760, bad weather separated Clas Alströmer’sAlströmer, 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
ship from her fellow East Indiaman and their escort; she made Cadiz Roads two days ago at 7.30 am. He was dizzy and averse to food for the first eight days but he and his travelling companion are now well. The sea was too rough for natural-history observations; he saw only distant sea birds on more occasions than one. Now on land, he has made a find about which he needs information: a plant with two splendid flowers raised from seed brought from Lima by a ship’s captain and growing on the Swedish consul’s [presumably Jacob Martin BellmanBellman, Jacob Martin
(1706-1786). Swedish. Merchant, Cadiz.
Swedish consul there 1742-1766. His
brother´s son was the author Carl
Michaël Bellman.
] roof. [The plant was Alströmeria pelegrina, named by Linnaeus and described in Planta AlströmeriaLinnaeus, Carl Planta
, diss., resp. J.
P. Falck (Uppsala [1762])
]. It is now in water under his scrutiny and, time being short, his account is hurried; it does not in the least accord with any character in The System [Alströmer refers to the Systema naturae].

Consul Lenman [presumably miswriting for Bellman] has promised him seeds. He promises Linnaeus a fuller account later and asks him to excuse the haste and barbaric Latin of what he writes.

Should Linnaeus write, his letter should be addressed to Cayla, the brothers Soliere, Cabanes & Jugla at Cadiz. 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 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

P.S. In a postscript he writes of having eaten copiously of wild strawberries and of heat that he finds oppressive.


a. (LS, I, 57-58). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 20-21   p.20  p.21.