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Link: • Clas Alströmer to Carl Linnaeus, 13 January 1760 n.s.
Dated 13 Januarii 1760. Sent from Alingsås (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Being as usual pressed for time, Clas Alströmer Alströmer, Clas
(1736-1794). Swedish. Baron,
industrialist. Sent plants and specimens
to Linnaeus from his travels abroad.
Bought Linnaeus’s “little herbarium”,
now in the Natural History Museum in
Stockholm. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of August, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
could not respond in full to Linnaeus’s reminder to Fredrik LogieLogie, Fredrik (1739-1785).
Swedish. Studied under Linnaeus in
Uppsala. Army officer. Forwarded to
Linnaeus the natural history specimens
sent by his brother Alexander from
Algier. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
but will settle his debt for Johannes Burman’sBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
fasciculae [Alströmer refers presumably to Burman’s editing of Charles Plumier’sPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
, Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]Plumier, Charles Plantarum
Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]
continens plantas, quas olim C.
Plumierius [...] detexit, eruitque,
atque in insulis Antillis ipse depinxit.
Has primum in lucem edidit, concinnis
descriptionibus & observationibus,
aeneisque tabulis illustravit J.
(Amsterdam 1755-1760).

As to the grey parrot at Gräfsnäs that he has not seen and the reported condition of which he had related, he has done nothing in view of the season towards sending it up [presumably to Uppsala]; not knowing whether it is alive, he will try to inform himself of its state.

Having promised the Conchilia but lacking time to scrutinize these snails, he has left them, in anticipation of his travels, to Jonas Theodor FagraeusFagraeus, Jonas Theodor
(1729-1797). Swedish. Physician at
Alingsås. Correspondent of
, who will send Linnaeus those he has asked for and those that are novel. He will send as a loan, but dare not give away, the Diomedea demersa.

He has begun to doubt whether his Viverra is an ichneumon, for only its colouring does not accord with Fredrik Hasselquist’sHasselquist, 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.
description. He has lacked opportunity to examine its teeth or, to determine its sex, its posterior. It is odourless; bites when irritated; treads on its heels; eats rats; prefers raw to boiled meat, curls up to sleep like a dog; sleeps mostly at day and is awake at night. On board ship it was called a Java cat.

He thanks Linnaeus for the testimonial [Linnaeus to Claes Alströmer, 12 December 1759Letter L2635].

Having received Linnaeus’s package from the Spanish Minister, Alströmer will be pleased to present it to the Prime Minister de ValsVals, de . Prime Minister. .

The ship being now icebound, he does not expect to sail within fourteen days.


a. original holograph (LS, I, 5-56). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 17-18   p.17  p.18.