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Link: • Jean François Séguier to Carl Linnaeus, 3 February 1746 n.s.
Dated le 3. Fevr. 1746.. Sent from Verona (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in French.


Jean François SéguierSéguier, Jean François
(1703-1784). French. Antiquarian
and botanist, Nimes. Correspondent of
tells Linnaeus that he had sent him a copy of his work on the plants around Verona [Plantae VeronensesSéguier, Jean François
Plantae Veronenses seu Stirpium
quae in agro Veronensi reperiuntur
methodica synopsis. [...] Accedit
ejusdem Bibliothecae botanicae
, I-III (Verona
] as soon as it had been finished. He had packed it with books meant for Johan Frederik GrovoniusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeusís benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and included this package in a larger sending meant for MarchandMarchand, Dutch?. bookseller,
The Hague.
, a bookseller in The Hague, who was to forward it to Gronovius. That sending left Verona a month ago. Séguier asks Linnaeus to receive this as a gift and a sign that Séguier had used Linnaeusís denominations and given him proper credit.

Séguier is glad that Linnaeus publishes so many works. He mentions especially a catalogue of plants in Ceylon [Séguier refers to the forthcoming Flora ZeylanicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Zeylanica; sistens plantas Indicas
Zeylonae insulae, quae olim 1670-1677,
lectae fuere a Paulo Hermanno [...]
demum post 70 annos ab Augusto
Günthero [...] orbi redditae

(Stockholm,1747). Soulsby no. 420.
], based on specimens collected by Paul HermannHermann, Paul (1646-1695).
German. Botanist, physician at Batavia,
professor of botany at Leiden.
, which Linnaeus is about to publish. It should contain many new plants not found in Johannes BurmanísBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
nice book [Séguier refers to the Thesaurus ZeylanicusBurman, Johannes Thesaurus
Zeylanicus, exhibens plantas in insula
Zeylana nascentes [...] Cura &
studio Joannis Burmanni

Séguier asks Linnaeus to send him copies of three works that Linnaeus had offered him: Flora SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica,
exhibens plantas per regnum Sveciae
crescentes, systematice cum differentiis
specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus,
incolarum, solo locorum, usu
(Leiden 1745).
Soulsby no. 408.
, Iter Gotlandicum [Séguier refers to the Öländska och gothländska resaLinnaeus, Carl
Öländska och
Gothländska Resa på Riksens
högloflige ständers befallning
förrättad åhr 1741. Med
anmärkningar uti oeconomien,
natural-historien, antiquiteter &c
med åtskillige figurer

(Stockholm & Uppsala 1745). Soulsby
no. 202.
] and Animalia regni Sueciae [Séguier refers to the Fauna SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Fauna Svecica
sistens animalia Sveciae regni:
quadrupedia, aves, amphibia, pisces,
insecta, vermes, distributa per classes
& ordines, genera & species. Cum
differentiis specierum, synonymis
autorum, nominibus incolarum, locis
habitationum, descriptionibus
(Leiden 1746). Soulsby
no. 1152.
]. Séguier gives an address for their despatch.

Séguier is very eager to see Olof CelsiusCelsius, Olof (1670-1756).
Swedish. Orientalist and theologian,
professor at Uppsala. Botanist and plant
collector, benefactor of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, HierobotaniconCelsius, Olof Hierobotanicon
sive De plantis Sacrae Scripturae
dissertationes breves
. He has some thoughts on the difficulties in that area: the text varies, many names occur only once, and the interpretation of the Hebrew is uncertain, which can be seen with the rabbis. Séguier had studied the theme several years before, as he has some knowledge of Hebrew, and he may return to it some time.

Séguier asks Linnaeus to send him four dissertations, which are missing from Séguierís complete collection of Linnaeusís works. He has ordered Peter ArtediísArtedi, Peter (1705-1735).
Swedish. Ichtyologist. Close friend of
Ichthyologia sive opera omnia de piscibusArtedi, Peter Ichthyologia
sive opera omnia de piscibus, scilicet:
Bibliotheca ichthyologica. Philosophia
ichthyologica. Genera piscium. Synonymia
specierum. Descriptiones specierum.
Omnia in hoc genere perfectiora, quam
antea ulla. Posthuma vindicavit,
recognovit, coaptavit & edidit
Carolus Linnaeus
(Leiden 1738).
and expects to receive it very soon.

Séguier plans to publish a work covering the whole of natural history and that is why he is collecting all sorts of works in this area. He regrets that he is so far from Linnaeus. If they were not, they could work together. He admits that it may be just an idea that he can never realize, but he is happy working at it as much as he can.

Séguier tells that René-Antoine Ferchault de RéaumurRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
(1683-1757). French.
Physicist and naturalist. His works
cover geometry, technology, mineralogy,
ornithology. His collections of natural
history objects, mineralogy etc. were
given to the Académie des
sciences after his death. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
is preparing a large work on birds and already has more than 600 [Art de faire éclorre et díélever en toute saison des oiseaux domestiques de toutes especesRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
Art de faire
éclorre et d'élever en
toute saison des oiseaux domestiques de
toutes especes, soit par le moyen de la
chaleur du fumier, soit par le moyen de
celle du feu ordinaire
, 2 vols.
(Paris, 1749).
]. Linnaeus may have heard from Réaumur already, on the subject of the birds of Sweden.

Séguier will soon be involved in the establishment of a small botanical garden in Verona, in a piece of ground that the marquis Scipion MaffeiMaffei, Francesco Scipione
(1675-1755). French. Marquis, stayed in
Verona for many years. Jean
François Séguier then
served as his secretary, and also
accompanied him on his travels.
has put at disposal for the purpose.

If his health permits, Séguier is eager to finish a work on petrifications found around Verona [this work was never completed]. He has a large number of drawings of them and is working at the text. However, the petrifications of old animals found in the sea make him ask about Linnaeusís opinion of the early history of the Earth and about what fossils Linnaeus had seen during his journeys in Norway. Séguier mentions a treatise by Schacht [unclear if Séguier means Johannes Oosterdijk SchachtOosterdijk Schacht, Johannes
(1704-1792). Dutch. Professor of
medicine at Utrecht. Son of Herman
Oosterdijk Schacht.
or Herman Oosterdijk SchachtOosterdijk Schacht, Herman
(1679-1744). Dutch. Professor of
medicine, Leiden.
], De mirandis in septentrione Dania et Norvegia lapidibus figuratis, which he has not seen, however. If Linnaeus knows of other books on the same subject, he should tell Séguier, even if they are in native languages.

P.S. Séguier mentions the printer who has his work for sale.


a. original holograph (LS, XIV, 42-43). [1] [2] [3]