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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Bernard de Jussieu, 10 May 1740 n.s.
Dated 1740. d. 29. Aprilis.. Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to Paris (France). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus sends now the fourth letter to Bernard de JussieuísJussieu, Bernard de
(1699-1777). French. Professor of
botany, brother of Antoine and Joseph de
Jussieu. Demonstrator at the Jardin des
plantes. Sébastien Vaillantís
successor. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
after his return to Sweden, although he has not received an answer from Jussieu.

Linnaeus acknowledges how much he owes Jussieu, more than anybody else.

Linnaeus wonders why Jussieu does not answer. He has other friends, he mentions Johann Jacob DilleniusDillenius, Johann Jacob
(1684-1747). German/British. Studied at
Giessen. Sherardian professor of botany
at Oxford. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Adriaan van RoyenRoyen, Adriaan van (1705-1779).
Dutch. Professor of botany, director of
the botanical garden of Leiden.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, but Jussieu is greater than these.

If Linnaeus can find out how and when he can send things to Jussieu, he will send some specimens of rare plants together with a number of recent publications: Hortus Agerumensis [Linnaeus refers to his edition of Johan Eberhard FerberísFerber, Johan Eberhard
(1678-1761). Swedish. Pharmacist and
physician in Karlskrona and at the spa
of Ronneby. He kept a botanical garden
and was a collector of natural history
specimens. Father of Johan Jacob Ferber.
,Joannis Eberhardi Ferber [...] Hortus AgerumensisLinnaeus, Carl Joannis
Eberhardi Ferber [...] Hortus
Agerumensis, exhibens plantas saltem
rariores, exoticas et officinales, quas
horto proprio intulit, secundum methodum
Linnaei sexualem digestus
], Catalogus animalium Sveciae [Linnaeus refers to his ďAnimalia per Sveciam observataĒLinnaeus, Carl ďAnimalia per
Sveciam observataĒ, ALSS 4
(1736), 97-138 [1742]. Soulsby no. 1104,
Soulsby no. 1143
], the second edition of Systema naturae [Linnaeus refers to the Naturae curiosorum Disocoridis secundi Systema naturaeLinnaeus, Carl Naturae
curiosorum Disocoridis secundi Systema
naturae in quo naturae regna tria
secundum classes, ordines, genera,
species systematice proponuntur
, 2nd
edition (Stockholm, 1740). Soulsby no.
] and Fundamenta botanica [Linnaeus refers to the Caroli Linnaei [...] Fundamenta Botanica in quibus theoria botanices aphoristice traditurLinnaeus, Carl Caroli Linnaei
[...] Fundamenta Botanica in quibus
theoria botanices aphoristice
, 2nd ed. (Stockholm, 1740).
Soulsby no. 257.
] and his talk on curiosities among insects [Tal, om märkwärdigheter uti insecterneLinnaeus, Carl Tal, om
märkwärdigheter uti
insecterne, hållit för
wettenscaps academien uti auditorio
illustri, då första
praesidentskapet aflades 1739. d. 3.
(Stockholm, 1739). Soulsby
no. 1341.

Linnaeus has finished his second edition of Genera plantarum[Linnaeus means [...] Editio secundaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] Editio secunda aucta
& emendata
(Leiden 1742).
], but it is not yet printed. Linnaeus will send it to Leiden for printing by the first ship this spring.

If Jussieu meets Claes SohlbergSohlberg, Claes (1711-1773).
Swedish. Physician, studied natural
history and medicine at Uppsala
1723-1734. Accompanied Linnaeus on his
tour in Dalecarlia in 1734 and on his
Dutch journey. Doctor of medicine at
Leiden in 1735.
, a student of medicine, he should forward greetings from Linnaeus. Linnaeus himself will tell Sohlberg that Catharina FahlstedtFahlstedt, Catharina Swedish.
has given birth to a daughter.

Linnaeus expects Jussieu to publish a lot in botany.

Linnaeus has heard that part of Charles PlumierísPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
work on the American flora has appeared, and he longs to see it.

Linnaeus asks if Jussieu has heard anything from his younger brother [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
], or if he has returned to France. He also asks more generally about news in botany, and implores Jussieu to write to him.

Linnaeus sends his regards to Jussieuís brother [Antoine de JussieuJussieu, Antoine de
(1686-1758). French. Botanist,
professor of botany, Paris. Brother of
Bernard and Joseph de Jussieu. Joseph
Pitton de Tournefortís successor. Uncle
of Antoine Laurent de Jussieu.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] and all his friends in Paris.

If Jussieu has examined Siliqua, also called Ceratonia, Linnaeus wants a copy of its character. Are the male flowers of that species distinct from the feminine ones?


a. original holograph (The Morgan Library, New York, Misc Scandinavian).