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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3427 • Clas Alströmer to Carl Linnaeus, 10 July 1764 n.s.
Dated 10 Julii 1764. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

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As 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
has not heard anything from Linnaeus since last autumn, he does not know whether George Edwards’sEdwards, 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.
, pictures of birds [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,
[1751]).
or Gleanings of natural historyEdwards, George Gleanings of
natural history, exhibiting figures of
quadrupeds, birds, insects, plants
,
3 vol. ( London, 1758-1764).
] have arrived.

The London Gardener James LeeLee, James (1715-1795).
British. Market gardener, Hammersmith
(London). Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Nurseryman of the Vineyard in Hammersmith, is, according to Alströmer’s decided opinion, a much stronger botanist in theory than Philip MillerMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
himself. He would like to have seeds or roots from Alstroemeria. Could Linnaeus please send some during autumn? Lee has been advisor to Lady Anne MonsonMonson, Anne (1727-1776).
British. Amateur botanist, wife of
Colonel George Monson, and disciple of
James Lee. Travelled to Calcutta, where
she died. On the way to India she stayed
in the Cape of Good Hope, where she met
with Carl Peter Thunberg.
, whose husband [George MonsonMonson, George (1730-1776).
British. Colonel, husband of Lady Anne
Monson.
] is a Brigadier General, now stationed in the East Indies. Alströmer says that she has made greater progress in botanical science than any other woman, “not superficially — that is common with this sex — but in a close and profound way”. She has beautiful collections from Nature’s 3 kingdoms. She is always studying Linnaeus’s publications and knows them well. The Duchess of Portland, a protector of Science, has not a thousandth of her deep insight. She would be very happy to get a herb named Monsonia. She deserves it, and it should encourage her to sacrifice life and property to Science. Alströmer would also be happy with it. The first toast at every meal at her table was always to Linnaeus.

Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has been very gentle towards Alströmer, and his son [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
].

Alströmer has seen 3 live Plataleae from Surinam, very similar to Leucorodia with the exception of a Crista of long white feathers hanging down from the top of the head. The beak is cross-striped and the tip is bright yellow. The throat is naked. Alströmer has not time to write anything more this time, but if Linnaeus will honour him with his demands, it will be best to send the letters to Amsterdam, care of Hope & Co.Hope & Company, Dutch.
Firm, Amsterdam.
, but Alströmer will not stay there more than five or six weeks, as he has to be at home in October. Alströmer greets 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 the whole family.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, I, 103-104). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 72-74   p.72  p.73  p.74.