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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0710 • Bernard de Jussieu to Carl Linnaeus, 7 May 1746 n.s.
Dated 7a Maij. Ann. 1746. Sent from Paris (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Illustrissimo doctissimoque viro,
D[omino] D[octori] Carolo Linnaeo,
Professori Botanico Upsaliensi,
S[alutem] P[lurimam] D[icit]
Bernardus de Jussieu.

Semina quarundam plantarum a te desideratarum nunc mitto et, ut quam cito ad tuas perveniant manus, vehementer exopto; haec deferenda in se recipit lubentissime D[ominus] Cleberg, quem tua summa benevolentia beare dignatus es; praestita a te erga hunc egregium virum bona officia sincerum mihi praebent amoris tui testimonium, quapropter, quibus potero, gratas animi mei actiones semper rependam. Quae de opere tuo nuper edito significas, ut id commendem discipulis, qui me quotannis in excursionibus botanicis per agrum Parisiensem concomitantur, hoc jucundissimo munere defungar eo lubentius, quod liber iste, diu desideratus, in historia naturali lucem novam afferet, et quod aliunde de te verba facere amem; praeterea scio, quantum emolumentum receperint, qui secundum tua principia student; memet experientia docuit. Poterit igitur tuus editor ea mittere exemplaria, 100 verbi gratia, et brevi, uti spero, si non omnia saltem plurima distrahentur. Bibliopola hujus civitatis ad tuum mittit epistolam, in qua propositis a te et a D[omino] Baeck respondet; is est honestissimus vir, insigni probitate clarus. Dissertationes tuas et disputationes de fico, de Betula nana, de Peloria, de Coralliis Balthicis, &c. habeo; traditae mihi fuerunt vario tempore.

Nondum floruere apud nos Ximenia, Baobab, Guiabara, Simarouba (pro certo non est Evonymus, neque ad illum in ordine naturali accedit) et Lucuma. Sed flores ostendere fagara et citharexylon. Fagara mas staminibus quinque gaudet, sed hujus arboris caracterem scripsit D[ominus] Baeck; faemina vero florere incipiebat anno praeterito; hujus floris caracterem alia vice communicabo, simulque citharexyli descriptionem, quoad partes singulas fructificationis, solo excepto pericarpio, quod ad frugem venire huc usque recusavit. Glans unguentaria mihi videtur longissime recedere a Bonduc, nec ullam cum hac arbore affinitatem reperio. Desunt mihi e plantis Sibiriae, quarum semina possides, secundum Ammanni indicem, Cardiaca 62. Papaver 81. Sedum 93. Pentaphylloides 116. Lilium 139. Lupinaster 143. Vicia 147. Astragalus 166. Lathyroides. 151. Melilotus 158. Delphinia 174-175. Absinthium 193. Lactuca 211. Aspalathus 282, 283, 284. Blitum 239. Amethystina 70. Rhuyschiana 64. Zophanthus, Anandria, &c. Ea si mittere per quamdam amicorum occasionem, rem facies mihi pergratam. Interim valeas, et fac, ut noscam opportuno tempore, quae a te cupiuntur plantae ex horto nostro, cujus catalogum secum tulit amicus D[ominus] Baeck.

Salutat te plurimum frater meus; ambabus ulnis amplectitur te D[ominus] Laserre botanicus chirurgus; de te memoriam pictrix virgo agit et te salvum esse cupit. Iterum bene valeas et me amare perge nec desinas!

Parisiis die 7a Maii, ann[i] 1746.

a Monsieur
Monsieur Linnaeus
Professeur de Botanique et
de Medecine &c. &c. &c.
a Upsale

upSUMMARY

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.
sends some seeds of those wanted by Linnaeus. Jussieu hopes they will reach him soon, and Carl Abraham ClewbergClewberg, Carl Abraham
(1712-1765). Swedish. Professor of
Oriental languages at Åbo. Brother
of Christopher Clewberg.
will arrange the transport. Jussieu thanks Linnaeus for the services Linnaeus had made Clewberg, and Jussieu will compensate Linnaeus for that whenever possible. Jussieu would like to have the title of the work Linnaeus had recently published [Jussieu means presumably Flora SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica,
exhibens plantas per regnum Sveciae
crescentes, systematice cum differentiis
specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus,
incolarum, solo locorum, usu
pharmacopaeorum
(Leiden 1745).
Soulsby no. 408.
], so that Jussieu can recommend it to his students in their excursions at the countryside around Paris. Jussieu will do so since the new work will bring new light to natural history. He also knows of the great advantage that Linnaeus’s work has been to those who use it. So, Jussieu asks that Linnaeus’s publisher [Lars SalviusSalvius, Lars (1706-1773).
Swedish. Printer, bookseller, publisher.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] might send 100 copies to Paris, and they will be sold, all or almost all, within a rather short time. A Paris bookseller will send a letter to Linnaeus’s publisher answering Linnaeus’s and Abraham Bäck’sBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
suggestions. Linnaeus’s dissertations on the fig [Disputationem botanico-medicam inauguralem qua Ficus, ejusque historia naturalis & medica exhibeturLinnaeus, Carl ], the birch tree, De betula nanaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
Botanica de betula nana
, diss.,
resp. L. Klase (Stockholm 1743). Soulsby
no. 1370.
], the PeloriaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
botanica de Peloria
, diss., resp. D.
Rudberg (Uppsala 1744). Soulsby no.
1395.
], on the Baltic corals [Corallia balticaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio,
Corallia baltica adumbrans
, diss.,
resp. H. Fougt (Uppsala 1745). Soulsby
no. 1401.
] etc. are already with Jussieu, received at different times.

Jussieu comments on a number of plants and names those that have flowers, those that do not, what characters of plants are not satisfactory, and similar things. He specifies several Siberian plants, following the list made by Johann AmmanAmman, 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.
[Jussieu refers presumably to, Stirpium rariorum in imperio Rutheno sponte provenientium icones et descriptiones collectaeAmman, Johann Stirpium
rariorum in imperio Rutheno sponte
provenientium icones et descriptiones
collectae [...] Instar supplementi ad
Commentar. acad. scient. imper.
Petropol
(St Petersburg 1739).
], of which Linnaeus has seeds. Jussieu suggests that Linnaeus sends these seeds with a friend when there is an opportunity. Also, Linnaeus should use a suitable time to tell Jussieu what plants he wants from the Paris garden; Bäck had brought him a list of those available there. Jussieu forwards greetings from his brother [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.
], from LasserreLa Serre, French. Physician
and naturalist, Paris.
and from the painting virgin [Madeleine Françoise BasseporteBasseporte, Madeleine
Françoise
(1701-1780).
French. Painter, Paris. Pupil of Claude
Aubriet, painter at the French court,
where she taught the princesses.
].

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, VII, 394-395). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. A selection (1821), vol. 2, p. 216-218   p.216  p.217  p.218.
2. Epistolæ Caroli a Linné ad Bernardum de Jussieu ineditæ (1854), p. 198-199   p.198  p.199.