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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0192 • Carl Linnaeus to Bernard de Jussieu, 26 July 1737 n.s.
Dated 1737. jul. 26.. Sent from Hartecamp (Netherlands) to Paris (France). Written in Latin.

Viro illustri,
D[omino] Bernhardo Jussieu,
Professore Botanico,
Membr[o] Ac[ademiae] Reg[iae] Parisinae &c.,
S[alutem] p[lurimam] d[icit]
Carolus Linnaeus.

Circa initium hujus anni cum Genera mea transmitterem, simul ad Te, V[ir] Ill[ustris], literas dedi, quas D[ominus] Marselie, Mercator Amstelodamensis, transmittere curabat. Altera vice et ad Te literas dedi, cum Floram Lapponicam transferri curabam per vestrum Neville, Medicum Amstelodamensem. Nolui meis literis Generosissimum Vestrum Fratrem amplius molestus esse, postquam audiveram, quanta praxi medica quotidie distrahebatur. Tibi innotescere, V[ir] Ill[ustris], ab eo tempore, quo D[omini] Dillenii per aliquod tempus Oxoniis uti licuit favore, qui profundae eruditionis Tuae justus erat praeco, semper flagravi. Interim ego adhuc, dum nullas tuas laetus aperui literas, quas mihi exoptaverim prae aliorum omnium. Has quas exaro literas in Tuas proprias manus eo certius deventuras spero, quo eas cum noto et familiari Amico mittam, quem Tuae curae commendatum habeo. Est Vir juvenis, qui plantas maximopere amat, licet methodicus non sit, collector tamen industrius. Incipiunt jam etiam Russi flores amare, quos a seculis respuerunt.

Criticam meam mitto, sed stylo barbaro conscriptam, rudi et incompto; coactus fere eam edere debui, licet omne tempus mihi negabatur, quem totum occupavit Hortus Cliffortianus, circa finem anni proditurus.

Siegesbeckii Hortus Petropolitanus prodiit, Ludwigii characteres generici similiter; utrosque forte vidisti.

Exoptaveram hac aestate vestras Floras salutare, sed obrutus aliis negotiis vix potero, meque revocant in patriam fata varia.

Si me Tuis literis dignum judicaveris, quaeso, me certiorem facias de progressu fratris vestri in Peru, ejusque reditu; si redierit felix, quod opto summopere, sique plurima specimina secum duceret exsiccata, utinam, datis amicis, si quae superessent et mihi, si Ejus gratia concederet, aliquot remitteret; reddam quae potero Alpinas, Lapponicas, Suecicas, Norvegicas. Spero me etiam vastam obtenturum plantarum copiam a Medico quodam nomine Bartsch, Botanico certe industrio, qui propediem petat Surinamam et occupabit medici publici officium, mihi oblatum, sed ipsi relictum.

Vale, vivasque diu, me ama!

Dabam ex Museo Cliffortiano 1737. jul[ii] 26.

a Monsieur
Monsieur Bernhard
Jussieu
Professor du Roy
a
Paris

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus tells Bernard de JussieuJussieu, Bernard de
(1699-1777). French. Professor of
botany, brother of Antoine and Joseph de
Jussieu. Demonstrator at the Jardin des
plantes. Sébastien Vaillant’s
successor. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
that he had sent the Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
partium
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
284.
to him at the beginning of the year, with a letter [this letter has not come down to us]. A similar dispatch later on contained the Flora LapponicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Lapponica exhibens plantas per Lapponiam
crescentes, secundum systema sexuale
collectas in itinere [...] Additis
synonymis, & locis natalibus omnium,
descriptionibus & figuris rariorum,
viribus medicatis & oeconomicis
plurimarum
(Amsterdam, 1737).
Soulsby no. 279.
, and Linnaeus mentions the persons in Amnsterdam, NarilleNarille, Dutch. Physician,
Amsterdam.
and MarselisMarselis, (?-?). Dutch.
Merchant, Amsterdam.
to whom these letters were entrusted. Linnaeus had not wanted to disturb Antoine de JussieuJussieu, Antoine de
(1686-1758). French. Botanist,
professor of botany, Paris. Brother of
Bernard and Joseph de Jussieu. Joseph
Pitton de Tournefort’s successor. Uncle
of Antoine Laurent de Jussieu.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
with letters, as he had heard of Jussieu’s large medical practice, and had longed to become acquainted with Bernard de Jussieu ever since he had stayed with Johann Jacob DilleniusDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Oxford the year before. Dillenius had praised Jussieu’s great qualities. However, Linnaeus had not heard anything from Jussieu, so he sends this letter with a young and industrious botanist, known to them both.

Linnaeus encloses a copy of Critica botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Critica
botanica, in qua nomina plantarum
generica, specifica & variantia
examini subjiciuntur, selectiora
confirmantur, indigna rejiciuntur;
simulque doctrina circa denominationem
plantarum traditur. Seu Fundamentorum
botanicorum pars IV. Accedit J.
Browallii De necessitate historiae
naturalis discursus
(Leiden 1737).
, which is not so well finished as Linnaeus should have wished, but Linnaeus had been very busy with Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
Clifford
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
which was due to appear at the end of the year.

Linnaeus mentions as new works Johann Georg Siegesbeck’sSiegesbeck, Johann Georg
(1686-1755). German. Prussian botanist,
doctor of medicine at Wittenberg in
1716, physician and director of the
botanical garden at St Petersburg
1735-1747. One of the most bitter
opponents of Linnaeus’s sexual system.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Hortus Petropolitanus [Linnaeus refers toPrimitiae florae PetropolitanaeSiegesbeck, Johann Georg
Primitiae florae Petropolitanae, sive
Catalogus plantarum tam indigenarum quam
exoticarum, quibus instructus fuit
hortus medicus Petriburgensis per annum
1736
(Riga 1736).
] and Christian Gottlieb Ludwig’sLudwig, Christian Gottlieb
(1709-1773). German. Physician.
Professor of medicine in Leipzig. One of
Linnaeus’s early opponents.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Characteres generici [Linnaeus refers to De minuendis plantarum generibusLudwig, Christian Gottlieb De
minuendis plantarum generibus, disserit
et collegium disputatorium publicum
indicit Ch. G. Ludwig
(Leipzig
1737).
] and supposes Jussieu has seen them both.

Linnaeus had hoped to visit Paris in the summer, but he will not be able to do so since he is very busy in Holland and has been forced to return to Sweden for various reasons.

If Jussieu cares to answer, Linnaeus would be very eager to hear news of Joseph de JussieuJussieu, Joseph de (1704-1779).
French. Botanist, mathematician,
explorer. Member of the French
expedition in South America 1735.
Brother of Antoine and Bernard de
Jussieu. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu.
, who had gone to Peru. If he returns safe and has specimens of plants with him in duplicates, Linnaeus would be grateful to receive some; he promises Scandinavian plants in return. Linnaeus also hopes for specimens of plants from Johann BartschBartsch, Johann (1708-1738).
German. Naturalist, travelled to
Surinam. Assisted Linnaeus with the
publication of Flora Lapponica.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who is on his way to Surinam to work as a doctor, a position offered to Linnaeus but not accepted.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (ASP, Dossier biographique Linné). [1] [2] [3] [4]