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Link: • Johan Otto Hagström to Carl Linnaeus, 16 October 1765 n.s.
Dated 1765 d. 16 Octob.. Sent from Linköping (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Johan Otto HagströmHagström, Johan Otto
(1716-1792). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Linnaeus’s student. Linnaeus
wrote the introduction to his Pan
(1768), on bee-pollinated
flowers. He was one of the tutors of
Carl Linnaeus the Younger. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
thanks for a letter from Linnaeus dated 8 October 1765 [this letter has not come down to us] with advice and encouragement to submit his observations to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
]. Hagström goes into details of how he will present his observations.

Hagström also refers to the last page in the journal he sent to Linnaeus for comments, where plants used or not used by bees are listed. Hagström adds additional plants to this list and suggests to Linnaeus that it would be beneficial to get the trivial names of the beneficial plants published in local newspapers such as Inrikes tidning or Upsala veckoblad.

Hagström has designed beehives fitted with glass windows that enable him to observe the bees at work inside the hive.

P.S. Hagström mentions that a person had grafted pear-tree cuttings onto a rowan, which produced pears this year but unfortunately the fruit was stolen before ripe. Hagström is still hoping that his wife’s inheritance will prove greater. He sends his respects to Daniel SolanderSolander, Daniel (1733-1782).
Swedish. Naturalist, explorer. Student
in Uppsala under Linnaeus and Johan
Gottschalk Wallerius. Went to London in
1760. Curator of natural history
collections at the British Museum.
Botanist on Cook’s first voyage
1768-1771. Joseph Bank’s librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Carl Reinhold BerchBerch, Carl Reinhold
(1706-1777). Swedish. Deputy director,
numismatist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. In further items of gossip he tells Linnaeus that God has assisted the impecunious Hans HederströmHederström, Hans
(1710-1792). Swedish. Clergyman.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
to a large and beneficial parish in the neighbourhood, that Lars BalkBalk, Lars (1726-1790).
Swedish. Provincial physician to the
north district of the county of
has rented a farm near Linköping, and that Lars Magnus KlaseKlase, Lars Magnus (1722-1766).
Swedish. Provincial physician,
Växsjö, physician to the navy
and to the Eksjö district.
has passed through on his way to Stockholm to consult Olof af AcrelAcrel, Olof af (1717-1806).
Swedish. Surgeon, professor at the
Serafimer-hospital in Stockholm. Uncle
of Johan Gustaf Acrel.
with regard to ulcers on his legs that have long been open at the ankle.


a. (LS, VI, 122-123). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 270-271   p.270  p.271.