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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5385 • Clas Alströmer to Carl Linnaeus, 19 January 1760 n.s.
Dated 19 Januarii 1760. Sent from Alingsås (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

upSUMMARY

The ship having been icebound, with hopes of sawing it free or of westerly storms being vain, less cold weather lets Clas AlströmerAlströmer, 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
Linnaeus
hope he can soon sail. Should Linnaeus write, let it be to Jonas Theodor FagraeusFagraeus, Jonas Theodor
(1729-1797). Swedish. Physician at
Alingsås. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
.

He sends what he owes for 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
works.
pictures [Alströmer refers to the 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.
Burmannus
(Amsterdam 1755-1760).
] and thanks Linnaeus for his forebearance.

Fagraeus has been briefly absent with a patient, Carl HiertaHierta, Carl (1719-1793).
Swedish. Major, lieutenant general.
.

He lacks the time to tell Linnaeus of the ichneumon. Georg Eberhard Rumpf’sRumpf, Georg Eberhard
(1628-1702). Dutch. Naturalist and
merchant in the service of the Dutch
East India Company. Governor of the
Dutch colony Ambon. He published two
works on the flora of the isle of Ambon.
illustration [Alströmer refers to the Herbarium AmboinenseRumpf, Georg Eberhard
Herbarium Amboinense, plurimas
conplectens arbores, fructices, herbas,
plantas terrestres & aquaticas, quae
in Amboina et adjacentibus reperiuntur
insulis [...] Omnia [...] Belgice
conscripsit G. E. Rumphius [...] Nunc
primum in lucem edidit, & in Latinum
sermonem vertit Joannes Burmannus [...]
qui varia adjecit synonyma, suasque
observationes
, I-VII (Amsterdam
1741-1755).
] is not unlike and his descriptions of its habits agree precisely; it differs in colouring, its hair being yellowish at the roots and black at the tips. It walks on its paws, and voraciously catches rats. Had the sailors not cut off its front claws it would climb readily.

He doubts whether Fagraeus is yet married.

Daniel Solander’sSolander, 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.
thinking is a puzzle but he would gladly meet him in England.

He doubts whether he could become related by marriage to one of his brothers [Alströmer’s brothers were Patrick AlströmerAlströmer, Patrick
(1733-1804). Swedish. Baron and
industrialist, Alingsås. Director
of the Swedish East India Company. Son
of Jonas Alströmer, brother of
August, Clas and Johan Alströmer.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Johan AlströmerAlströmer, Johan
(1742-1786). Swedish. Director. Son of
Jonas Alströmer, brother of August,
Clas and Patrick Alströmer.
, August Alströmer Alströmer, August
(1735-1767). Swedish. Merchant,
Gothenburg. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of Clas, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer.
].

He cannot say whether he will sail within three weeks.

He sends his respects to Linnaeus’s wife [Sara Elisabet LinnaeaMoraea, Sara Elisabet
(1716-1806). Swedish. Linnaeus’s wife.
Daughter of Johan Moraeus and Elisabet
Hansdotter Moraea. Mother of Carl
Linnaeus the Younger and of Elisabeth
Christina, Louisa, Sara Christina and
Sophia Linnaea.
] and a greeting to Carl 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
father.
.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, I, 53-54). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 18-20   p.18  p.19  p.20.