Clas Alströmer to Carl Linnaeus,
6 July 1761 n.s.
L2931. Clas AlströmerClas Alströmer (1736-1794).
Clas AlströmerAlströmer, Clas
Alströmer has ordered seeds of Alstroemeria from Cadiz and states that when it comes to denomination he is not critical and accepts the honour Linnaeus bestowed on him.
Alströmer further says that Linnaeus’s letter — that he now is writing an answer to — was dated 28 March [this letter has not come down to us]. Such a long wait for a letter had made him anxious about Linnaeus’s well-being and may God save Linnaeus for many years to come.
Alströmer believes that Linnaeus has received a shipment containing seeds and herbs. Particularly a tree No.139 was of interest to Alströmer. The same shipment contained Tantalus loculator, Fulica atra and Charadrius Alexandrinus stuffed. He has also sent a box with economic collections, books and 94 wild and garden seeds but no herbs. Jonas Theodor FagraeusFagraeus, Jonas Theodor
Alströmer has carefully examined Amaryllis lutea but always found it to be a fairly ordinary flower.
The hills of Granada were visited in October and few herbs were to be seen.
Alströmer hopes Pehr ForsskålForsskål, Peter
He has written to Daniel SolanderSolander, Daniel (1733-1782).
Alströmer has not yet seen the new Fauna Svecica, 2nd editionLinnaeus, Carl Fauna Svecica
He has heard from Linnaeus that Miss Camecker [Elisabeth Christina Låstbom] is engaged, but not to whom [she married Johan Låstbom].
He is looking forward to get the names of submitted herbs.
José CarbonelCarbonell, José
Carbonel has sent an entire branch with fruit of Arbor draconis. He does not yet know very much botany but he can at least collect seeds and natural specimens to be sent to Linnaeus. Linnaeus must write to encourage him and ensure him that the books will be sent.
Joseph Jodon Boijlesve, a doctor from Montpellier, has told Alströmer that a year ago he sent Linnaeus a letter and seeds but has not yet received any answer. He has asked Alströmer to enquire whether Linnaeus has got the letter or not.
Alströmer has sent some Platina del Pinto metal for Linnaeus at least to look at.
Miguel BarnadesBarnades, Miguel (?-1771).
In the Botanical Garden Alströmer has seen Scutellaria caule erecto, racemis terminalibus, erectis, interruptis; floribus solitariis opposites, secundis; foliis petiolatis, ovato-cordatis, serratis acutis. As far as he understands, it is not compatible with any of Linnaeus’s species; it is American.
In Aranjuez Taurus bubalis is used as a draught animal.
José Quer y MartinezQuer y Martinez, José
Alströmer has collected seeds of Vella PseudoCytisus and expects to meet with the third vol. of the System [Alströmer refers to the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema