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Link: • Johan Dassau to Carl Linnaeus, 5 January 1775 n.s.
Dated 5 Jan: 1774. Sent from Göteborg (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.


Johan DassaDassau, Johan (1749-1808).
Swedish. Supercargo at the Swedish East
India Company. Correspondent of
writes a Happy New Year letter to Linnaeus.

He writes that on return to Gothenburg from a short journey he had received a letter from Linnaeus [this letter has not come down to us] saying that the natural history specimens had arrived in Uppsala and he is happy to have been of service.

He writes that sea-light was shining in the water during the night but not during the day and that it was like a conglomerate of a slimy liquid and its movements could be seen in the water. It came up with the log and after having been on the deck for a while it looked as if it were dead, but when touched the whole body started to shine like a candle. The flame had a shade of green before it died. He writes that he has named it after its appearance.

He writes that he has sent a box of carved ivory with tin boxes and 80 letters containing seeds with Anders Johan BladBlad, Anders Johan (1748-1834).
Swedish. Physician, naturalist. Student
of Linnaeus. Defended the dissertation
Fundamenta entomologiae pro
exercitio under Linnaeus in 1767.
Received the doctor´s degree in
1775. Practised medicine in
Stockholm. [Source:Sandermann Olsen].
, who gave it to Petter Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeus’s student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
to forward to Linnaeus. However, he does not know if Linnaeus has received the parcel. If not, he asks Linnaeus to start making inquiries.

Dassau says that he will be travelling again and hopes to meet Linnaeus when he returns.

P.S. Dassau writes that he will hand over the letter to Carl Peter ThunbergThunberg, Carl Peter
(1743-1828). Swedish. Botanist,
physician, explorer. Professor of
medicine and botany at Uppsala. Studied
medicine under Linnaeus in Uppsala,
medicine and surgery in Paris, natural
history under Johannes Burman in
Amsterdam. Travelled in South Africa in
1772-1775, in Japan 1775-1776, Java and
Ceylon in 1777-1778. Correspondent of
in Cape the Cap of Good Hope. He also asks Linnaeus to be so kind as to help Axel BremerBremer, Axel (f. 1768).
Swedish. Son of Petter Bremer
, the son of his friend Petter Bremer HermanssonBremer Hermansson, Petter (d.
1780). Swedish. Inspector at the
Swedish East India Company. Father of
Axel Bremer.
with his studies and asks Linnaeus to inform Bremer if this is possible. Dassau will be responsible for the costs involved. He writes that he has asked Petter Bremer Hermansson to send Linnaeus something he has found in Gothenburg.


a. original holograph (LS, III, 208-209). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 330-332   p.330  p.331  p.332.