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Link: • Johan Otto Hagström to Carl Linnaeus, 1 January 1766 n.s.
Dated 1766 d. 1 Jan.. 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 Linnaeus for his letter of the 20 September 1766 [this letter has not come down to us], and for the seeds of Cheiranthus fenestralis. Hagström had made a donation to the Student Nation of Smoland in Uppsala [Smålands nation vid Uppsala universitetThe Student Nation of Smoland in
Swedish. Smålands
nation vid Uppsala universitet
] for purchasing some of Linnaeus’s works, and this is discussed. Hagström reflects on the comradeship that all lovers of natural history feel for one another, quoting Cicero and expressing his admiration for Torbern BergmanBergman, Torbern (1735-1784).
Swedish. Professor of chemistry,
metallurgy and pharmacy at Uppsala.
Linnaeus’s student. Correspondent of
, Adolph ModéerModéer, Adolph
(1739-1799). Swedish. Economist,
publisher, journalist, he showed great
interest in natural history.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Daniel RolanderRolander, Daniel (1725-1793).
Swedish. Naturalist and explorer.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Went to Surinam in 1755-1756.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, 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.
. He also appreciates the queries made by the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien Kungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
]. Since Isac BibergBiberg, Isac (1722-1793).
Swedish. Doctor of theology, lecturer in
Greek, Härnösand.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
left Uppsala, Hagström has not had the oportunity to encourage any other Swede to defend a thesis within Natural History, although he has given to the the Student Nation of Smoland several of Linnaeus’s works, such as: Philosophia botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Philosophia
botanica, in qua explicantur fundamenta
botanica cum definitionibus partium,
(Stockholm 1751). Soulsby no.
, Fauna Svecica [presumably the second edition, Fauna Svecica2nd editionLinnaeus, Carl Fauna Svecica
sistens animalia Sveciae regni:
quadrupedia, aves, amphibia, pisces,
insecta, vermes, distributa per classes
& ordines, genera & species. Cum
differentiis specierum, synonymis
autorum, nominibus incolarum, locis
habitationum, descriptionibus
insectorum, 2nd edition
1761). Soulsby no. 1153.
], Genera plantarum [presumably the sixth edition, Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio sexta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1764).
Soulsby no. 305.
], Systema naturae [presumably the tenth edition, Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
], the travel books of Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Pehr OsbeckOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
Swedish. Clergyman, botanist explorer.
Studied at Uppsala under Linnaeus
1745-1750. Chaplain on ships of the
Swedish East India Company on voyages to
China. Vicar of Hasslöv (Halland).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, [Hagström refers to Iter Palaestinum eller resa til heliga landetHasselquist, Fredrik Iter
Palaestinum eller resa til heliga
(Stockholm 1757).
and Dagbok öfwer en ostindisk resaOsbeck, Pehr Dagbok
öfwer en ostindisk resa åren
1750. 1751. 1752. Med anmärkningar
uti naturkunnigheten, främmande
folkslags språk, seder,
hushållning, m.m. [...] Jämte
12 tabeller och afledne
skepps-predikanten : Toréns
(Stockholm 1757).
], and some other relevant books.

Hagström then discusses Museum s:ae m:tis Ludovicae Ulricae reginaeLinnaeus, Carl Museum s:ae
m:tis Ludovicae Ulricae reginae

(Stockholm 1764). Soulsby no. 1095a.
, noting that a new genus is included. He considers that the “Papilionum et Phalaenarum magnitudo” is an excellent invention and a necessary information on foreign insects. Hagström points out some minor errors in the book. He looks forward to the eleventh edition of the Systema naturae [there was no eleventh edition, Hagström means the next edition after the tenth edition, which was the twelfth edition, see below].

Hagström is delighted that Linnaeus has given the trivial names in the second edition of the Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
and hopes they will be retained unaltered. He asks for the nationality of C. Rijk TulbaghTulbagh, C. Rijk (1699-1771).
Dutch. Governor at the Cape in 1751. He
sent plants, bulbs and seeds to Linnaeus
in 1761. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Hagström looks forward to have the trivial names given in the [next edition of] Systema naturae 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
, p. 577, illustrating flowers for bees [the next edition was Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
]. Hagström finds it sad that Carl Alexander ClerckClerck, Carl Alexander
(1709-1765). Swedish. Entomologist.
Assessor in Stockholm. Correspondent of

P.S. Hagström wonders why young Baron Bielke [Thure John BielkeBielke, Thure John (1741-1792).
Swedish. Chancery clerk. Son of Sten
Carl and Eleonora Bielke.
] wants to sell his estate at Lövsta. Hagström himself would like to buy an estate and then leave his occupation as a doctor. Next summer, he writes, he will return to his study of bees. Lars BalkBalk, Lars (1726-1790).
Swedish. Provincial physician to the
north district of the county of
lives 20 km from Linköping. Hagström has recently experienced that semina Erucaepharm. (Brassica eruca) crackles like salt when burnt.


a. (LS, VI, 124-125). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 271-273   p.271  p.272  p.273.