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Link: • François Boissier de La Croix de Sauvages to Carl Linnaeus, 2 January 1741 n.s.
Dated 2º januar. 1741. Sent from Montpellier (France) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.


François Boissier de La Crox de SauvagesSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
(1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for honouring him by naming after him the plant Sauvagia. Sauvages has received a Royal diploma making him Professor of the Montpellier Botanical Garden. Dearer to him than this diploma is, however, Linnaeus’s letter [Linnaeus to Sauvages, 20 September 1740 n.s.Letter L0398], in which he declares him worthy of this honour.

Sauvages has devoted all his time to the application of mathematics in medical principles. Three theses are the result, which will be sent forthwith to Linnaeus on first available ship calling at Cette.

Sauvages will resume his work on Classes morborum [Sauvages refers to his Nouvelles classes de maladiesSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
Nouvelles classes de
maladies, qui dans un ordre semblable
à celui des botanistes,
comprennent les genres & les
espèces de toutes les maladies,
avec leurs signes & leurs
(Avignon [1731]).
], but it will be very difficult to find a publisher in France. Maybe Linnaeus could use his influence and secure one in Holland? The edition should have the same format as the Ichtyologia or the works of Georgio BagliviBaglivi, Georgio (1668-1707).
Italian. Professor of anatomy and
theoretical medicine, Rome. One of the
most influential representatives of the
iatromechanical school within medicine.
and Thomas SydenhamSydenham, Thomas (1624-1689).
British. Physician, often referred to as
the "English Hippocrates".
Emphasised observations, clinical
experience and the classifying of
diseases (nosology).
or be one single volume in quarto.

Jean François SéguierSéguier, Jean François
(1703-1784). French. Antiquarian
and botanist, Nimes. Correspondent of
has published a work entitled Bibliotheca botanicaSéguier, Jean François
Bibliotheca botanica, sive
Catalogus auctorum et librorum omnium
qui de re botanica, de medicamentis ex
vegetabilibus paratis, de re rustica,
& de horticultura tractant, a
Joanne-Francisco Seguiero Neumasense
digestus. Accessit Bibliotheca botanica
Jo. Ant. Bumaldi, seu potius Ovidii
Montalbani Bononiensis
(The Hague
. He is said to be disappointed that Linnaeus has paid so little attention to his work in Genera plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum eorumque characteres naturales
secundum numerum, figuram, situm &
proportionem omnium fructificationis
(Leiden 1737). Soulsby no.
, a study “small in size but enormous in matter and order”.

Sauvages sends his best wishes for the new year to Linnaeus and his family. A parcel containing theses will accompany this letter. A description of the treatment of dysentery is added.


a. (LS, XIII, 15-16). [1] [2] [3]