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Link: • Pehr Osbeck to Carl Linnaeus, July 1752 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Göteborg (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


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.
sends Linnaeus a letter to report that he had returned safely to Gothenburg the day before, at the same time as Olof TorénTorén, Olof (1718-1753).
Swedish. Clergyman, naturalist.
Linnaeus’s pupil. Went to China in
1748-1749 and to India and China in
1750-1752. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had returned on board the ship Götha Lejon. He hopes that Linnaeus is well.

Osbeck does not know what causes the light in the water at Poul Condor, since he did not see it when going out and on the return journey took a course far from that place.

Osbeck had sent some packages from Cadiz. Osbeck had heard that one of them had been lost, since the captain that he had sent it with had lost his ship. Now, he brings many specimens and seeds from China, Java and Asuncion.

A tea tree that Osbeck had had in Canton had been destroyed during the return voyage. A second specimen froze near the Cape of Good Hope. Osbeck brings some roots preserved in dry sand, including potatoes, ginger, yam and others.

Osbeck has some stuffed birdsincluding Cape pigeons, booby and man-of-war. Osbeck does not think it is necessary to send those to Linnaeus.

Osbeck mentions briefly that he also has mosses, mushrooms, preserved fishes and small animals, some minerals and a skull of a small deer.

Osbeck has not seen more of the Sargasso Sea than the enclosed report shows .

Osbeck has given the name Zoopterygius to no. 4, somewhat provisionally. It should be known to scholars, since it is rather common.

Osbeck asks Linnaeus to tell him if he has received the material that Osbeck had sent him from Cadiz.

Osbeck apologizes for the hasty letter.

P.S. Osbeck explains that he has sealed the letter with a seal that is not his own. His belongings are still on board the ship.


a. (LS, XI, 344-345). [1] [2] [3]


1. “Linnés korrespondens med Pehr Osbeck” (1974), p. 87-88   p.87  p.88.