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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0797 • Carl Linnaeus to Bernard de Jussieu, 5 May 1747 n.s.
Dated 1747. d: 24 april. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Paris (France). Written in Latin.

Viro aeternum colendo,
D[OMINO] D[OCTORI] BER[N]H[ARDO] de JUSSIEU,
Prof[essori] Botanico inclyto.

Aliorum omnium, quotquot desidero, literas accipio iteratis vicibus; Tuae vero, quae prae aliorum omnium mihi suavissimae, raro obtineo; hoc me jam vexat; licet nunquam potuerim Tibi tantas, quantas debui, grates reddere pro millenis et aeternis beneficiis, tamen nullam intermisi occasionem de Te cum veneratione loqui et de nomine Tuo magnifice sentire.

Regia gratia Archiatrorum comitis nomine insignitus sum; hanc veneror, sed Tuam gratiam nulli postpono; vellem potius Tuum dici amicum et servum.

Iter W[estro]gothicum nuper a prelo prodiit; refertum bene multis observationibus in Historia naturali, sed lingua Suecica, octavo, paginae 300 et tab. 5, ubi et insecta marina et flores Algae delineatae et varia oeconomica ac curiosa.

Flora Zeylanica adhuc sudat; opus erit parvum, sed magni laboris, quem librum minime Tibi displiciturum spero, licet nullus dubitem, quia Tu solus errores varios reperias, quos mea tenuitas evitare nequiverit; Te multorum annorum experientia cautum fecit.

Nova Plantarum Genera in Dissertatione Academica N° 50 proposita sunt, hisce diebus proditura, cum omnes philyrae jam impressae sunt.

Vires Plantarum seu explicatio Fundamentorum Botanicorum a §§ 336 ad 365 ante 14 dies publice ventilabitur.

Materiam botanicam § (absoluta Flora Zeylanica) edam, compendiosissimam. Evitabo omnia, quae nec propria experientia nec aliorum fidi casus confirmarunt. Tu qui in his multum vales, mihi unicam vel alteram observationem mittas, ut liceat honorificam Tuam facere mentionem.

Non novi ad quaenam genera sequentes sunt referenda: Myrobalani indae, Chebulae, Bellinicae, citrinae; Anisum stellatam; Gum[mi] elemi, Sagapenum, Carannae, Bdellii, Myrrhae, Olibani, Ammoniae, Opobalsamum, Bals[amum] peruvianum; Copaiva; Lignum Aloes; Sang[uis] Draconis, Lign[um] Rhodium, Simaruba.

Si novisti horum aliquam, candide et amice genus mihi dicas; publicas Tibi grates agam.

Nix et nocturnum gelu adhuc nos vexat, dum vos in beatissimo aere inter flores vitam transigitis.

Dicas mihi, quaeso, quasnam acceperis e meis dissertationibus, ut queam mittere reliquas. Fuere: Betula, Ficus, Peloria, Corallia, Amphibia, Martino-Burserianae, Hortus Upsaliensis, Passiflora, Anandria, Acrosticum, Mus[eum] Adolpho-Fredericianum, Sponsalia plantarum. Floram et Faunam Suecicam Te vidisse nullus dubito.

Alta quies omnium rerum in scientia naturali apud nos viget et habitat; Barbarus hic ego, sum nec intelligor ulli.

Tu vivas diutissime et devota mea officia dicas venerando Fratri Tuo et dulcissimae amicae meae, Pictrici Horti Regii, et Beato Laserre et reliquis apud quos innotui.

Dabam Upsaliae 1747 d[ie] 24 april[is].

a Monsieur
Mons[ieu]r Bernh[ard] de Jussieu
Professeur en Botanique
tres excellent
Paris

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus complains that he so seldom gets letters from Bernard de Jussieu’sJussieu, 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.
whom he estimates so highly. He could never compensate for everything that Jussieu has done for him, but he has always been very careful to praise Jussieu at all possible times.

Linnaeus has been honoured with the title of Archiater and is flattered, but he thinks even more of the friendship with Jussieu.

The Wäst-göta-resaLinnaeus, Carl
Wäst-göta-resa på
riksens högloflige ständers
befallning förrättad år
1746. Med anmärkningar uti
oeconomien, naturkunnogheten,
antiquiteter, inwånarnes seder och
lefnads-sätt
(Stockholm 1747).
has just been published, with much information on natural history. It is a book of 300 pages in Swedish, with five plates depicting marine insects and other strange things. – The 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.
is still in the press. It is a small book but very cumbersome to produce. Jussieu will like it, but he will no doubt find mistakes in it. – Linnaeus also mentions two dissertations that are soon to be published, the Nova plantarum genera, quae [...] praesidie [...] Carolo LinnaeoLinnaeus, Carl Nova plantarum
genera, quae [...] praesidie [...]
Carolo Linnaeo
, diss., resp. C. M.
Dassow (Uppsala, 1747). Soulsby no.
1469.
and the Vires plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Vires
plantarum
, diss., resp. F.
Hasselquist (Uppsla, 1747). Soulsby no.
1461.
.

After the Flora Zeylanica, Linnaeus will publish a comprehensive book on medical plants, based only on his own experience and on well documented cases [Linnaeus means the Materia MedicaLinnaeus, Carl Materia
Medica. Liber I. De plantis secundum:
genera, loca, nomina, qualitates, vires,
differentias, durationes, simplicia,
modos, usus, synonyma, culturas,
praeparata, potentias, composita,
digestus, &c.
I-II (Stockholm
1749). Soulsby no. 968.
, published in 1749]. In that, Jussieu will be an important source, with his experience, so Jussieu should send Linnaeus some case stories which Linnaeus could include with proper reference made to Jussieu. – In that context, Linnaeus asks for advice from Jussieu on the correct attribution of a number of medical products.

Linnaeus still suffers from snow and frost at nights, while Jussieu is happy to live among flowering plants.

Linnaeus lists numerous dissertations, so that Jussieu can ask for those that he has not received already. The dissertations are: De betula nanaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
Botanica de betula nana
, diss.,
resp. L. Klase (Stockholm 1743). Soulsby
no. 1370.
, Disputationem botanico-medicam inauguralem qua Ficus, ejusque historia naturalis & medica exhibeturLinnaeus, Carl , De PeloriaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
botanica de Peloria
, diss., resp. D.
Rudberg (Uppsala 1744). Soulsby no.
1395.
, Corallia balticaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio,
Corallia baltica adumbrans
, diss.,
resp. H. Fougt (Uppsala 1745). Soulsby
no. 1401.
, Amphibia GyllenborgianaLinnaeus, Carl Amphibia
Gyllenborgiana
, diss., resp. B. R.
Hast (Uppsala 1745). Soulsby no. 1413.
, Dissertatio botanica, qua Plantae Martino-Burserianae explicanturLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
Botanica, qua Plantae
Martino-Burserianae explicantur
,
diss., resp. R. Martin (Uppsala, 1745).
Soulsby no. 1417.
, Hortus upsaliensisLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Upsaliensis, exhibens plantas exoticas,
Horto Upsaliensis academiae a sese
illatas, ab anno 1742, in annum 1748,
additis differentiis, synonymis,
habitationibus, hospitiis, rariorumque
descriptionibus, in gratiam studiose
juventutis
, I (Stockholm 1748).
Soulsby no. 424
, De PassifloraLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
Botanica de Passiflora
, diss., resp.
J. G. Hallman (Stockholm 1745). Soulsby
no. 1430.
, Dissertatio botanica de AnandriaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
Botanica de Anandria
, diss., resp.
E. Z. Tursén (Uppsala 1745).
Soulsby no. 1434.
, Sponsalia plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Sponsalia
plantarum
, diss., resp. J. G.
Wahlbom (Uppsala 1746). Soulsby no.
1447.
, Dissertatio botanico, in qua Acrosticum [...] curiosorum oculis modeste subjicitLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
Botanica de Anandria
, diss., resp.
E. Z. Tursén (Uppsala 1745).
Soulsby no. 1434.
, Museum Adolpho-FridericianumLinnaeus, Carl Museum
Adolpho-Fridericianum
, diss., resp.
L. Balk (Uppsala, 1746). Soulsby no.
1443.
. He supposes Jussieu has seen 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.
and 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
insectorum
(Stockholm, 1746).
Soulsby no. 1151.
.

Nothing happens in Uppsala in natural history. Linnaeus feels a stranger, not understood by anybody.

Linnaeus sends his regards to Jussieu’s 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.
], his dear friend, painter of the Jardin du Roi [Madeleine Françoise BasseporteBasseporte, Madeleine
Françoise
(1701-1780).
French. Painter, Paris. Pupil of Claude
Aubriet, painter at the French court,
where she taught the princesses.
], LasserreLa Serre, French. Physician
and naturalist, Paris.
and other friends.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Epistolć Caroli a Linné ad Bernardum de Jussieu ineditć (1854), p. 199-200   p.199  p.200.
2. Figures de savants (1938), vol. IV, p. 135-136 .