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Link: • Samuel Aurivillius to Carl Linnaeus, 21 December 1750 n.s.
Dated 21 dec. 1750. Sent from Paris (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Samuel AurivilliusAurivillius, Samuel
(1721-1767). Swedish. Professor of
medicine, Uppsala. Correspondent of
is late in replying to Linnaeus’s letter from the 21 August 1750 [this letter has not come down to us]. Together with the letter he had planned to send seeds, promised by 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.
. However, Aurivillius has waited in vain for the seeds to be delivered. In September the seeds were not yet ripen, and in spite of several reminders nothing happened. On the other hand, Jussieu is anxious to forward his greetings to Linnaeus, assuring that he will not forget to send the seeds later on. He himself was very pleased with the seeds and the dissertations delivered to him by Linnaeus through Swahn [presumably Georg SwahnSwahn, Georg (1722-1756).
Swedish. Student of medicine in Uppsala,
who went to Berlin and Paris for studies
in surgery. Military-surgeon in Prussia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.

René-Antoine Ferchault de ReaumurRéaumur, 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.
lives just outside Paris. This summer his Cabinet [of natural history specimens] was open to the public each Sunday. Volume VIII of his Mémoires pour servir à l’histoire des insectes Réaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
pour servir à l’histoire des
, I-VI (Paris 1734-1742).
is said to be in the press. He has recently published a monograph of two volumes on how to raise and breed chicken [Art de faire éclorre et d’élever 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).
]. – If Aurivillius gets to know a special way to prevent evaporation from the liquids used for the conservation of insects, he will inform Linnaeus . He fears the best way is to obstruct the bottles.

Jean-Louis Leclerc comte de Buffon’sBuffon, Jean-Louis Leclerc, comte de
(1707-1788). French.
Histoire naturelleBuffon, Jean-Louis Leclerc, comte de
Histoire naturelle
générale et
particulière avec la description
du cabinet du roi
, 44 vol. (Paris,
has received both negative and positive reviews. Vol IV is said to be in the press. Aurivillius, who thinks it should be available at the University Library in Uppsala, offers to get it, and other works, if he gets permission to do so.

Henri MissaMissa, Henri (?-?). French.
Physician. Arrived in Uppsala in 1748.
Linnaeus’s first foreign student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has returned to Paris, but has not yet showed up at Jussieu.

Aurivillius gives his god wishes for the next year, and asks of Linnaeus to greet everyone in Uppsala.


a. original holograph (LS, I, 211-212). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1909), vol. I:3, p. 101-103   p.101  p.102  p.103.