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Link: • Jean François Séguier to Carl Linnaeus, 19 January 1748 n.s.
Dated le 19. Jan. 1748. Sent from Verona (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in French.


Jean François SéguierSéguier, Jean François
(1703-1784). French. Antiquarian
and botanist, Nimes. Correspondent of
writes to the young Michele Enrico SagramosoSagramoso, Michele Enrico
(1720-1791). Italian. Marquis, Verona.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
as he has heard that he is about to go to Sweden and that he will visit Uppsala and Linnaeus. He had written a letter to his father about these plans. Séguier asks him to forward his deep respects to Linnaeus, and also to ask Linnaeus if he ever received the copy of Plantae VeronensesSéguier, Jean François
Plantae Veronenses seu Stirpium
quae in agro Veronensi reperiuntur
methodica synopsis. [...] Accedit
ejusdem Bibliothecae botanicae
, I-III (Verona
that Séguier had sent him through Johan Frederik GrovoniusGronovius, 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.
in Leiden. Séguier has not received any of the small works that Linnaeus had promised and Séguier had asked for. These packages could go through Gronovius, who will arrange that Séguier receives what he shall have. Séguier is willing to send Linnaeus what he may want from Italy. Séguier also asks what Linnaeus is busy with at present.

Séguier mentions Anders CelsiusCelsius, Anders (1701-1744).
Swedish. Professor of astronomy,
Uppsala. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
as a former friend of his in Uppsala, regrettably now dead. He praises Celsius very much. Several pupils of the great Rudbeck [Séguier means most certainly Olof RudbeckRudbeck, Olof (1630-1702).
Swedish. Physician, historian,
naturalist. Founder of the Uppsala
University Botanical Garden. Professor
of medicine at Uppsala.
] are still to be found there.

In Paris, Séguier had met Carl-Johan CronstedtCronstedt, Carl-Johan
(1709-1777). Swedish. Royal
and, superintendent of official buildings in Sweden. Séguier asks Sagramoso to give him his regards as well. Séguier thinks that it will not be difficult for the young man to be received anywhere, with his manners and education, so he will surely meet Cronstedt also.

Séguier gives a short report on recent findings in the excavations of Herculaneum. Frescoes, an equestrian statue, a large number of inscriptions and a theatre have been found. The pieces have been taken to the Royal castle and are kept under strict surveillance, and Ottavio Antonio BajardiBajardi, Ottavio Antonio
(1690-1765). Italian.
will publish a description of them. [Bajardi published his description in 1757, Le Pitture antiche d’Ercolano e contorniBajardi, Ottavio Antonio Le
pitture antiche d'Ercolano e
(Naples, 1757-1759).
]. Séguier is surprised that GaglianiGagliani, Italian. is not involved in that work, since he is, in Séguier’s opinion, the only one who could perform that task.

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.
will publish a description of the inscriptions and reliefs found in the Academy Museum at Verona [Museum veronenseMaffei, Francesco Scipione
Museum veronense, hoc est, Antiquarum
inscriptionum atque anaglyphorum
collectio : cui Taurinensis adiungitur
et Vindobonensis : accedunt monumenta id
genus plurima nondum vulgata, et
ubicumque collecta
(Verona, 1749)
]. It will be a grand book. The printing will start in a few days.

Séguier expects that Sagramoso will learn the literature and the scholars of the Northern countries. Séguier expects much pleasure from being in contact with him during this exercise.


a. original holograph (LS, XIV, 44). [1] [2]