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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0182 • Carl Linnaeus to François Boissier de La Croix de Sauvages, 20 June 1737 n.s.
Dated 1737, jun. 20. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Montpellier (France). Written in Latin.

Viro illustri
D[omino] D[octori] Sauvage: De La Croix,
Conciliario[sic] Regio ordinario
Professore[sic] Medic[inae]: in universitate Monspeliensi
Membro Ac[ademiae] Reg[iae] Parisinae.
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Carolus Linnaeus, Svecus
M[edicinae] D[octor] et S[ocius] A[cademiae] I[mperialis]

Tuam, Vir Illustris, expeto gratiam peregrinus licet & ignotus, sum enim ex iis, qui in eodem quo Tu triumphasti campo flores lego.[1] Methodum Tuam Morborum[2] quaesivi huc usque frustra per Sveciam, Lapponiam, Norvegiam, Daniam, Germaniam, Belgium, Angliam, cujus modo titulus antea innotuit; nuper autem, eandem Lugduni Bat[avorum] apud Medicum vidi, inspexi, obstupui, praecordiaque intima sentii attonitus novis intumuisse curis; observavi quam felicissimo successu scientiam difficillimam, reddidisti facillimam Tu solus! Quaesivi apud typographos et Bibliopolas omnes, nullo excepto, in Belgio, Tuum opus, scio, proh dolor, quod apud nullum prostat. Doleo tyronum turbam Te ignorare, Tua methodo destituti, in qua plus purae methodi atque exculti judicii latet, quam in practico umquam ullo. Nulla fuit unquam methodus antea in Historia morborum; qui alias leges methodos vocant carent cerebro, vel caecutiunt; a signis exposcenda est omnis indicatio generica. Tuo libro ego absolute carere nequo, me torquet omnis dies eo destitutus. Si itaque ulla Tibi in me gratia, quaeso prima data occasione unicum exemplar ad me mittas Amstelodamum cum inscriptione nominis Georgii CliffortiiClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeus’s benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, Mercatoris celebris, ut istud eo certius obtineam, reddam sanctissime quodcumque efflagites pretium, quocumque in loco placeat; ingratus favoris Tui numquam moriar.

Utinam Tuam propediem publicatam viderem methodum in Botanicis[3] et de insectis[4] ! Mittam prima occasione Genera mea plantarum,[5] Floramque meam Lapponicam[6] si quae alia ex meis quae prodiere opusculis in historia naturali Tibi digna judicares, modo jubeas. Utinam ego Tuam methodum, ante discessum e Belgio obtinerem; quamprimum enim absolutus est Hortus Cliffortianus,[7] qui ad dimidiam partem impressus sit, hinc discedam.

Vale, Vir Magnae artis nostrae Decus & Gloria.

Dabam ex Musaeo Cliffortiano.
Amstel[odami], 1737, jun[ii] 20

[address] a Monsieur / Monsieur Sauvages de La Croix / conseiller ordinaire du Roi, / Professeur en Medecine a L’université de Montpellier & Membre de L’academie royale / a Montpellier / en Languedoc

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus introduces himself to François Boissier de La Croix de Sauvages as a fellow botanist, and says that he has long looked for his work on diseases, Nouvelles classes de maladies. Recently, however, Linnaeus was given the opportunity to inspect it. He was filled with admiration for its elegant presentation and for the ingenuity with which Sauvages had succeeded in making very complicated things seem simple. Linnaeus has written to every printer and bookshop in the country to acquire it, but in vain. Linnaeus regrets that inexperienced medical students cannot use this excellent work. Never before has there existed a method in the history of diseases. Therefore, Linnaeus must absolutely have it. Every day without it is a pain. Linnaeus beseeches Sauvages to send him a copy; he is willing to pay any price. Linnaeus expresses the hope that Sauvages will soon publish his method for botany and insects. In return Linnaeus promises to send his Genera plantarum and Flora Lapponica. If Sauvages would like some other works, Linnaeus will be happy to meet his wishes. As Linnaeus is going to leave the country as soon as the printing of his Hortus Cliffortianus is completed, he would be grateful to have the desired work as soon as possible.

upEDITIONS

1. Lettres inédites de Linné à Boissier de la Croix de Sauvages (1860), p. 3-7   p.3  p.4  p.5  p.6  p.7.

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

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This letter is the first in the correspondence between François Boissier de La Croix de Sauvages and Linnaeus.
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Sauvages’s method, to characterise the plants according to the order of their leaves, was published in Methodus foliorum seu plantae florae MonspeliensisSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
Methodus foliorum,
seu plantae florae Monspeliensis, juxta
foliorum ordinem ad juvandam specierum
cognitionem, digestae [...]
Méthode pour connoître les
plantes par les feüilles
(The
Hague 1751).
(1751).
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