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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0423 • Pierre Barrère to Carl Linnaeus, 10 January 1741 n.s.
Dated Die Decimo mensis januarii 1741. Sent from Perpignan (France) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Clarissimo
D[omino]D[octori] Carolo Linnaeo
Botanico et mineralogo metropolis holmensis
Regio et Ordinario
Classis navalis holmensis medico Ordinario,
Vir Clarissime,

Exorsum jam annum faelicem faustumque Tibi precor; salutemque plurimam dico. Si quae noua, teque digna sors mihi objecerit unquam, sub inscriptione hac: Societati Regiae Scientiarum UpsaliaeKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala,
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
, uti optas, ad te mittam[1] .

Molle, arbusculam ex semine in hortulo meo natam, florentem modo, ac fortuito inveni. Pistillum et florem inspicere quoquomodo poteris.

In insula americana quae Caÿenna Vocatur, et in Guiana ipsi adjacenti, seu gallia aequinoctiali, per triennium integrum jussu Ludovici XV. Regis christiniassimi[sic] plantarum investigationi operam Dedi.

Opusculi mei gallico sermone conscripti, propediem in lucem prodituri titulus erit: Abregé de L’histoire naturelle de la France equinoxiale &c.[2] Praeclara, quam multa opera tua salivam mihi movent; at potissimum est in votis 2a editio tuorum generum plantarum[3] .

Orbis Litterarius in dies procul dubio expectat quae in animo habes adhuc dare opera, quantas, faxit Deus, pandes artis divitias, si enim, ut aiunt, ex ungue leonem augurari deceat. AmmanniAmman, Johann (1707-1741).
Swiss/Russian?. Curator of Hans Sloane’s
natural history collection. Professor of
botany at the Imperial Academy of
Sciences at St Petersburg. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
, Catalogum plantarum Rariorum in Regno Rhutenico nascentium non noui[4] . Jacobus SalvadorSalvador, Jacobus (?-?).
Estonian. Botanist, druggist at
Barcelona.
, Catalanus, pharmacopola, Botanicus peritissimus, vir officii plenus, obiit Barcinonae 22 mensis junii 1740 aetatis 92 annor[um]. annuum, humifusum, fol. Brevio. et Capillaceo Tournefortii prae frigore non inspicere licuit. Petala et calicem habet inter se Distincta. Suo tempore accurate describam. Lycopercicon galeni Anguill. editur passim apud nos in obsoniis.

Tibi semper addictissimus, tuique
observantissimus

Petrus Barrere.

Datum Perpiniani
Die Decimo mensis januarii 1741.

[address] A Monsieur / Monsieur Linnaeus / Botaniste et mineralogiste / Du Roy / Medicin ordinaire de L’armée nauale / d’holme / à Stockholm / en Suede.

upSUMMARY

Pierre Barrère wishes Linnaeus a happy New Year. He wants to know if he shall send his letters to Linnaeus, addressed the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala.

By chance Barrère has found the Molle flowering. He has grown it from seeds in his garden. Linnaeus may inspect the pistil and the flower in whatever possible way.

Barrère has investigated plants for three years in the American island of Cayenne and the French Guyana by order of King Louis XV.

Barrère’s work, written in French, Abregé de l’histoire naturelle de la France equinoxiale &c (Nouvelle relation de la France equinoxiale) will soon be published. Linnaeus’s works make Barrère’s mouth water. Most of all he wants the second edition of Genera plantarum.

The literary world is everyday waiting to see what Linnaeus is going to publish.

Barrère does not know Johann Amman’s catalogue of rare Russian plants, (the Stirpium rariorum in imperio Rutheno sponte provenientium icones et descriptiones collectae).

The Catalan drug-seller Jacobus Salvador died in Barcelona on 22 June 1740, 92 years old.

Barrère has not been able to examine the Chenopodium because of the cold.

Lycopersicon is eaten everywhere in his country.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, I, 347-348). [1]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 161-162   p.161  p.162.