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


Johan DassaDassau, Johan (1749-1808).
Swedish. Supercargo at the Swedish East
India Company. Correspondent of
writes to Linnaeus to tell him that he has returned from China and also to thank him for having taken care of the son [Axel BremerBremer, Axel (f. 1768).
Swedish. Son of Petter Bremer
] of his friend Petter Bremer HermanssonBremer Hermansson, Petter (d.
1780). Swedish. Inspector at the
Swedish East India Company. Father of
Axel Bremer.

He writes that this time he has not brought back as much as last time. He has brought a bamboo tree that he hopes will survive the journey to Uppsala. He has brought a large bulb, that he will tell more about later. He also brought a pisang-boom tree (related to bananas), but a strong wind in the Channel broke it and caused rot that destroyed the root. He writes that he has found an agent called KiäpplerKiäppler, Swedish.
Agent, Cape town.
in the Cape who is Swedish and has good knowledge of natural history. Dassau writes that he has left some money with Kiäpplerus in order to buy naturals from the Kaffirs and he hopes to get Linnaeus a large collection from the Kaffirs’ land with the next shipment.

Dassau writes that 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
has left Japan and that he has promised to send Dassau not only flowers from Canton but natural history specimens as well. The letter to Thunberg was very much appreciated.

Dassau promises to tell more the next time he writes.


a. original holograph (LS, III, 210-211). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 332-333   p.332  p.333.