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Link: • Johan Otto Hagström to Carl Linnaeus, 4 January 1773 n.s.
Dated 1773 d. 4 Januar.. Sent from Linköping (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


A priest [Johan AbrahamssonAbrahamsson, Johan (1726-1772).
Swedish. Vicar of Fornåsa and
], who also kept bees, had given 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.
the enclosed drawing of an insect [Pediculus apis, fol. 140] that had destroyed a large part of his beehives during the summers of 1771 and 1772. Unfortunately, Abrahamsson had died of apoplexia the previous October. Hagström believes that the insect was the same that he had drawn for the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] in 1772 [Hagström refers to the Svar på samma fråga med en förbättrad Pan apumHagström, Johan Otto
Svar på samma fråga med
en förbättrad Pan apum

(Stockholm, 1773).
, which was his contribution to the prize-question put by the Academy]. The drawings by René-Antoine Ferchault de RéaumurRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
(1683-1757). French.
Physicist and naturalist. His works
cover geometry, technology, mineralogy,
ornithology. His collections of natural
history objects, mineralogy etc. were
given to the Académie des
sciences after his death. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
and Jan SwammerdamSwammerdam, Jan (1637-1680).
Dutch. Naturalist. By his microscopical
studies Swammerdam made fundamental
scientific contributions to the study of
entomology. Boerhaave edited his
Biblia naturae sive historia
were not the slightest bit similar to this insect. Hagström explains why, and asks Linnaeus for an explanation.

In the same work [Svar på samma fråga med en förbättrad Pan apum] Linnaeus will find Hagström’s continuos observations on bees, and it is for him to decide if this is worth publishing or should be worked out more. Hagström has not used Johann Gottlieb GleditschGleditsch, Johann Gottlieb
(1714-1786). German. Botanist and
sylviculturist in Berlin, disciple of
Anton Wilhelm Platz and Johann Ernst
Hebenstreit, supervisor of Caspar Bose’s
garden 1731-1735, professor at the
Collegium Medico-Chirurgicum in 1746.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
this time, because his observations can not applied in Sweden.

Hagström greets Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his father’s lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeus’s
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
and 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.
. Hagström concludes by wondering if Gustav IIIGustav III, (1746-1792).
Swedish. Reigned 1771-1792. Son of King
Adolf Fredrik and Queen Lovisa Ulrika,
brother of Sofia Albertina and Karl
XIII. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will do something to the suppressed study of natural history, taken away from the schools in Härnösand and Linköping.


a. original holograph (LS, VI, 140-142v). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1912), vol. I:6, p. 289-290   p.289  p.290.