Clas 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 begins his letter by telling that he, according to Linnaeus’s directions, from George EdwardsEdwards, George (1693-1773).
British. Ornithologist and artist.
Visited the Netherlands, France and
Scandinavia. Best known for his
History of birds (1747-1751).
Correspondent of Linnaeus. has bought 78 of his bird sketches [A natural history of uncommon birdsEdwards, George A natural
history of uncommon birds, and of some
other rare and undescribed animals
[...]. To which is added a [... ]general
idea of drawing and painting in water
colours; with instructions for etching
on copper with Aqua Fortis: likewise
some thoughts on the passage of
birds etc., 4 pt., 4 vols. (London,
). or Gleanings of natural historyEdwards, George Gleanings of
natural history, exhibiting figures of
quadrupeds, birds, insects, plants ,
3 vol. ( London, 1758-1764). ]. He has also made the necessary —very circumstantial — arrangements for the drawings to be sent to Linnaeus in Uppsala: from London they sailed by the ship Pelican, the Captain’s name is Adam DederingDedering, Adam . Captain on
the ship Pelican. , to Samuel ArfvedssonArfvedsson, Samuel Swedish. in Gothenborg. The cost amounts to L 2: 10s. Sterl.
Alströmer received Linnaeus’s letter dated 23 August 1763 [this letter has not come down to us] on the 30 September .
For the last 14 days Alströmer has suffered from a fever caused by a septic throat, followed by a severe and extremely painful attack of gout. This condition has kept him indoors, and at the moment does not allow him to write any more.
Greetings 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. ] concludes the letter.