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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0432 • Carl Linnaeus to Bernard de Jussieu, 30 May 1741 n.s.
Dated d:19. maj: stylo veteri 1741.. Sent from Norrköping (Sweden) to Paris (France). Written in Latin.

Viro Illustri,
D[OMINO] D[OCTORI] BERNHARD[O] de JUSSIEU,
Professori Botanices Parisiensi,
Amico Venerando,
Carol[us] Linnaeus.

In itinere Botanico, impensis Regiis constitutus mihi obviam venit amicus antiquus D[ominus] Sohlberg, nuncius Regis nostri (Expres) ad nostrum Legatum Parisiis vestris degentem; data itaque oportunitate & occasione, has breve exaravi literas.

Tractatus isti, quos desiderasti, a me post reditum in patriam impressos & compactos, literisque inclusos circa initium anni composui; vestro Legato dedi, sed nimis graves cum navi se eosdem missuros benignus promisit; praestabitque procul omni dubio. In his ad Tuas ultimas responsum dedi.

Pro bulbis Orchidum missis iterum devotissimam mentem reddo; diu haesere apud Legatum vestrum; prodiere tamen omnes, floruere etiam, sed tantum militares hiante cucullo.

Iter suscipio ad Insulas maris Balthici, Oelandiam Gotlandiamque; redibo, si faveat numen, mense augusti circa finem. Ibi plantas marinas, muscos et petrificata investigabo sedulo.

Nunc Dei gratia a miserrimo servitio praxeos Holmiae liberatus sum. Spartam tandem obtinui, quam desideravi diu. Jussu Regis in Academia Upsaliensi nuper Professor Medicinae & Botanices factus sum, sicque Florae redditus, a qua exul per 3 annos nunc Holmiae inter aegros vitam degi. Si vita viresque a me aliquid in Botanicis, ut spero, videbis.

Orationem inauguralem de progressu, fatis & statu Botanices (in hoc seculo) habui, ubi publice Tuas preedicavi, ut potui & deb[u]i, laudes, ne me ingratissimum reperires. A Medicinae studiosis post annum, qui vestras adeant academias, quanti Tuum nomen fecerim, exaudies ipse.

Saluta Venerandum Fratrem Tuum et amicos omnes nostros communes D[ominum] Isnard, Laserre, viduam Vaillantii, D[ominum] Obriet et omnes alios, Dominum qui Brasiliam adiet.

Quid de fratre Tuo? Quid de Ejus observatis? Quaeso, respondeas, scribasque saepius.

Si vixero post Septembris proximam diem, responsa dabo eodem die ad Tuas, quoties hisce me beatum velis.

Ter Vale, Vivasque omni amico major!

Dabam Norkopiae d[ie] 19 maji stylo veteri
1741.

Monsieur
Monsieur Bernhard
de Jussieu
Docteur du Medecine
Professeur en Botanique
Membre de L’academie
Paris

upSUMMARY

The letter was written in Norrköping, where Linnaeus had happened to meet 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.
during a botanical journey made on the command of the King, and since Sohlberg was on his way to Paris, Linnaeus wrote this letter rather in haste.

The books that Bernhard 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.
had asked about in his latest letter [20 July 1740Letter L0389] had been brought together and delivered to the French ambassador at the beginning of the year. However, he would have to send them by boat, since they were so heavy, and they should arrive shortly.

The orchid bulbs were delivered to Linnaeus after having been at the ambassador’s for a considerable time. However, they all had produced flowers.

Linnaeus is on his way to the islands in the Baltic, Öland and Gotland, and will return at the end of August. He will be busy exploring marine plants, mosses and fossils.

Linnaeus is glad to be rid of Stockholm after three years. At last, he has got the position he had hoped for, as he has become professor of botany and medicine in Uppsala. He longs to return to botany. He has already had his inaugural lecture, dealing with the progress and state of botany in this century [Linnaeus gave his inaugural lecture in October 1741, i.e. several months after this letter was written, Oratio qua peregrinationum intra patriam asseritur necessitasLinnaeus, Carl Oratio qua
peregrinationum intra patriam asseritur
necessitas, habita Upsaliae [...] 1741
Octobr. 17, quum medicinae professionem
regiam et ordinariam susciperet

(Uppsala 1741). Soulsby no. 1354.
]. There, he had praised Jussieu, and Jussieu will be able to hear from Swedish students coming to Paris how Linnaeus had contributed to his fame.

Linnaeus sends greetings to 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.
and to friends in Paris, Antoine Tristan Danty d’IsnardIsnard, Antoine Tristan Danty d’
(?-1743). French. Professor at the
Jardin des plantes in Paris.
, LaserreLa Serre, French. Physician
and naturalist, Paris.
, Sébastien Vaillant’sVaillant, Sébastien
(1669-1722). French. Botanist and
surgeon. Professor at the Jardin des
plantes. His theory on plant sexuality
influenced Linnaeus who regarded
Vaillant as one of the most important
botanists.
widow, Claude AubrietAubriet, Claude (1651-1743).
French. Accompanied Joseph Pitton de
Tournefort on his travels to the Orient.
and others and asks for 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.
. He promises to write again in September, when he is back in Uppsala.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Epistolć Caroli a Linné ad Bernardum de Jussieu ineditć (1854), p. 193-194   p.193  p.194.
2. Figures de savants (1938), vol. IV, p. 135 .