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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0526 • Carl Linnaeus to François Boissier de La Croix de Sauvages, 27 January 1744 n.s.
Dated 1744, 16 Jan.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Montpellier (France). Written in Latin.

VIRO ILLUSTRI D[OMINO] D[OCTORI] DE SAUVAGES,
Amico aeternum colendo,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Carolus Linnaeus.

Dum frustra tuas expectavi litteras, proin hisce te suscitabo meis. Te forte studiosorum turba et praelectiones tam publicae quam privatae detinuerunt uti me, per aliquot menses.

In medio mensis decembris in conventu Societatis Regiae Scientiarum Sueciae electi fuere socii nostrae societatis, qui confirmati apud Praesidem Illustrem nunc sunt. Inter eos, qui assumpti fuere, erant tres Botanici et totidem Mathematici, quorum:

1. Franciscus de Sauvages.
2. Bernard de Jussieu.
3. Fr[edericus] Gronovius.
4. Mathematicus quidam Parisinus.
5. Mathematicus quidam Petropolitanus.
6. Mathematicus quidam Germanus.

Ideoque hoc nunc factum et ratum est; recipias hunc affectum pro eo, quo me affecisti, qui praestantiorem dare nequeam.

Litteras propediem habebis a Secretario Societatis, qui hodie parum aegrotat.

Nil novi apud nos, nisi hoc, nisi non habitabile frigus.

Tu rescribas brevi, cum litteris tuis carere nequeam.

Tu semper aliquid novi habes; ego in remoto mundi angulo nil.

Dabam Upsaliae 1744 16 Jan[uarii].

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has waited for a letter from François Boissier de La Croix de SauvagesSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
(1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
but in vain. Therefore, Linnaeus will rouse him with this letter. Perhaps he has, like Linnaeus, been occupied by large number of students and public as well private lectures for some months.

In the middle of December the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala,
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
] elected new members. Among them there were three botanists and three mathematicians:
1. François Boissier de La Croix de SauvagesSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
(1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.

2. 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.

3. Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.

4. A mathematician from Paris [Alexis Claude ClairautClairaut, Alexis Claude
(1713-1756). French. Mathematician.
Member of the French expedition to
Lapland in 1736-1737 to determine the
shape of the earth.
]
5. A mathematician from St Petersburg [Joseph Nicolas DelisleDelisle, Joseph Nicolas
(1688-1768). French. Member of the
Académie royale des sciences,
Paris.

6. A mathematician from Germany [presumably Andreas MayerMayer, Andreas (1716-1782).
German. Astronomer. Professor of physics
and mathematics at Greifswald.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
]

Sauvages will soon receive a formal letter of confirmation from the Secretary [Anders CelsiusCelsius, Anders (1701-1744).
Swedish. Professor of astronomy,
Uppsala. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], who is ill at the moment.

Nothing new [to report from Uppsala] but unbearable cold.

Linnaeus entreats Sauvages to write back soon, because his letters are invaluable to him.

He has always interesting news to tell, whereas Linnaeus, living on the outskirts of the world, has nothing to report.