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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2785 • Peter Forsskål to Carl Linnaeus, 29 September 1760 n.s.
Dated 29 Sept. 1760. Sent from Helsingør (Denmark) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Helsingör d[en] 29 Sept[ember] 1760.

Wälborne Herr Archiater,
Riddare af Kongl[ige] Nordstjerne Orden

Nu på stunden kom jag öfwer sundet. Jag tog dock hälre den wägen än till Malmö, efter jag hörde under resan att den war säkrast.

H[err] Agenten Krüger, hos hwilken jag skrifwer, berättade om den kruka Directeuren Ahlströmer skickat, att Skepparen Hugo Weite, som hade den, fådt ordres att gå till Götheborg; att agenten skrifwit till Directeur Ahlströmers bror i Götheborg, att han måtte skicka den hit el[le]r till Upsala med första; samt att Ahlströmer i Götheborg lofwat draga försorg derom. Widare har här ej hördts deraf.

I dag Botanicerte wi på rudera af Helsingborgs fästning. der fann jag Aristolochia i myckenhet på en backe. den står ej nämnd för Swensk i Flora. Senecio erucifolius och Rubus fruticosus funnos äfwen der, som ock ej i Flora stå till den kanten af Skåne hänwista. Eljest är på denna årstid ondt om örter. de äro afslagna, afbetta och affallna öfwer allt.

Ifrån Stockholm och Grenna skref jag Herr Archiatern till.

I dag el[le]r morgon ärnar jag se Köpenhamn och få decision om min resetid och Herr Falcks sällskap.

Med all wördnad är jag stedse
Wälborne Herr Archiaterns och Riddarens
ödmjuka tjänare
Pet[rus] Forsskål.

I Herr Archiaterns bref, som jag will wänta i Köpenhamn under couvert till Professor Kratzenstein Herr Hagens swåger, täckes Herr Archiatern efter aftal nämna om Plumiers icones, Rheedes hortus Malabaricus, Rumphii herbarium och Museum, Ellises corallia och Dillenii hist[oria] muscor[um] samt Burmanni Decades och Ceilanica. D[octor] Burmann skall hafwa innelagda 315 d[ale]r jag hinner ej nu skrifwa till honom.

Recommenderes
Herren
Herr Archiatern och Riddaren
af Kongl[ige] Nordstjerne Orden
Wälborne Herr Carl Linnaeus
i
Upsala.

upSUMMARY

Peter ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeus’s student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has crossed the Sound.

He is visiting their representative Samuel Gottlieb KrügerKrüger, Samuel Gottlieb
(d. 1765). Swedish. Consul,
Helsingör, Denmark between
1747-1764. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Helsingör. A pot sent by Director Alströmer [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
Linnaeus
] on Captain Hugo Weite’s [Forsskål means Hugo WeiliWeili, Hugo Swedish. Sea
Captain.
, see Alströmer to Linnaeus, 7 May 1760Letter L2733] ship will be taken care of by his brother [presumably Patrick AlströmerAlströmer, Patrick
(1733-1804). Swedish. Baron and
industrialist, Alingsås. Director
of the Swedish East India Company. Son
of Jonas Alströmer, brother of
August, Clas and Johan Alströmer.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] in Gothenburg to be forwarded to Helsingör or Uppsala.

This day, Forsskål went on a botanical excursion to the ruins of Helsingborg’s fortress. He found lots of Aristolochia, this is not mentioned in the Flora Svecica 2nd ed.Linnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica
: exhibens plantas per regnum Sveciae
crescentes, systematice cum differentiis
specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus
incolarum, solo locorum, usu
oeconomorum, officinalibus
pharmacopaeorum
2nd ed. (Stockholm
1755). Soulsby no. 409.
, Senecio erucifolius and Rubus fruticosus. Apart from these there was little of interest, as can be expected at this time of the year.

Forsskål says he wrote to Linnaeus from Stockholm and from Gränna [Forsskål to Linnaeus, 18 September 1760Letter L2789 and 24 September 1760Letter L2787].

Forsskål will soon visit Copenhagen and receive a decision about his departure and about Johan Peter Falck’sFalck, Johan Peter (1732-1774).
Swedish. Professor of botany and
curator of the botanical garden of St
Petersburg. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
company.

Linnaeus’s next letter to Forsskål in Copenhagen will be taken care of by Christian Gottlieb KratzensteinKratzenstein, Christian Gottlieb
(1723-1795). Danish. Physician and
physicist. Professor in Halle, from 1754
professor of experimental physics at
Copenhagen. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Hagen’s nephew [presumably Mathias HagenHagen, Mathias (1739-1802).
Danish. Pupil of Linnaeus in Uppsala.
Assistant pharmacist in Lyneburg,
Rendsborg and Karlskrona. Apothecary in
Copenhagen 1764-1802.
]. Forsskål asks Linnaeus to comment on the following works: Charles PlumierPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
works.
, Icones [Forsskål refers to Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]Plumier, Charles Plantarum
Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]
continens plantas, quas olim C.
Plumierius [...] detexit, eruitque,
atque in insulis Antillis ipse depinxit.
Has primum in lucem edidit, concinnis
descriptionibus & observationibus,
aeneisque tabulis illustravit J.
Burmannus
(Amsterdam 1755-1760).
], Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede van Draakestein, Horti Malabarici pars prima [-duodecima & ultima]Rheede van Draakestein, Hendrik
Adriaan van
Horti Malabarici
pars prima [-duodecima & ultima]
[...] Latinis, Malabaricis, Arabicis,
Brachmanum characteribus nominibusque
expressis, adjecta florum, fructuum,
seminumque nativae magnitudinis vera
delineatione, colorum viriumque accurata
descriptione, adornata per [...]
Henricum van Rhede tot Draakestein [...]
et Theodorum Janson. ab Almeloveen, M.D.
Notis adauxit, & commentariis
illustravit Joannes Commelinus
,
I-XII (Amsterdam 1686 [i.e. 1678]-1703).
, Georg Eberhard RumpfRumpf, Georg Eberhard
(1628-1702). Dutch. Naturalist and
merchant in the service of the Dutch
East India Company. Governor of the
Dutch colony Ambon. He published two
works on the flora of the isle of Ambon.
, Herbarium AmboinenseRumpf, Georg Eberhard
Herbarium Amboinense, plurimas
conplectens arbores, fructices, herbas,
plantas terrestres & aquaticas, quae
in Amboina et adjacentibus reperiuntur
insulis [...] Omnia [...] Belgice
conscripsit G. E. Rumphius [...] Nunc
primum in lucem edidit, & in Latinum
sermonem vertit Joannes Burmannus [...]
qui varia adjecit synonyma, suasque
observationes
, I-VII (Amsterdam
1741-1755).
and Museum [Forsskål refers to D’Amboinsche rariteitkamerRumpf, Georg Eberhard
D'Amboinsche rariteitkamer :
behelzende eene beschryvinge van
allerhande zoo weeke als harde
schaalvisschen, te weeten raare krabben,
kreeften, en diergelyke zeedieren, als
mede allerhande hoorntjes en schulpen,
die men in d'Amboinsche Zee vindt: daar
beneven zommige mineraalen, gesteenten,
en soorten van aarde, die in
d'Amboinsche, en zommige omleggende
Eilanden gevonden worden
(Amsterdam,
1705)
], John EllisEllis, John (1711-1776).
British. Merchant and naturalist, expert
on zoophytes. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Corallia [Forsskål refers to Essai sur l’histoire naturelle des corallinesEllis, John Essai sur l’
histoire naturelle des corallines, et d’
autres productions marines du même
genre, qu’on trouve communément
sur les côtes de la
Grande-Bretagne et d’Irlande; auquel on
a joint une description d’un grand
polype de mer, pris auprès du
Pole arctique, par des pêcheurs de
Baleine, pendant l’été de
1753
(The Hague 1756).
], Johann Jacob DilleniusDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Historia muscorumDillenius, Johann Jacob
Historia muscorum in qua circiter
sexcentae species veteres et novae ad
sua genera relatae describuntur et
iconibus genuinis illustrantur, cum
appendice et indice synonymorum. Opera
Jo. Jac. Dillenii
(Oxford 1741).
, Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Decades and Ceilanica [Forsskål refers to Rariorum Africanarum plantarum, ad vivum delineatarum, iconibus ac descriptionibus illustratarum decas prima-[decima]Burman, Johannes Rariorum
Africanarum plantarum, ad vivum
delineatarum, iconibus ac
descriptionibus illustratarum decas
prima-[decima]
(Amsterdam
1738-1739).
and Thesaurus ZeylanicusBurman, Johannes Thesaurus
Zeylanicus, exhibens plantas in insula
Zeylana nascentes [...] Cura &
studio Joannis Burmanni
(Amsterdam
1737).
]. The enclosed 315 rigsdalers are for Burman.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, IV, 222-223). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 125-126   p.125  p.126.