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Link: • Louis Cardevac de Havrincour to Carl Linnaeus, 8 May 1752 n.s.
Dated die 27 aprilis/8 Maii anno 1752.. Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Since Louis Cardevac de HavrincourHavrincour, Louis Cardevac de
(1707-1767). French. Diplomat in
Stockholm 1749-1762. Correspondent of
knows Linnaeus’s generosity, he is sure that Linnaeus will understand the request that Havrincour is going to make.

One of the great men at the French Court, Duke d’Ayen [Louis, duc de NoaillesNoailles, Louis, duc de
(1713-1793). French. Nobleman and
soldier, marshal of France.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], has decided to devote himself to the study of botany and has established a botanical garden, the care of which he has entrusted to Louis Guillaume Le MonnierLe Monnier, Louis Guillaume
(1717-1799). French. Physician and
naturalist. Professor of botany at the
Jardin des plantes in Paris. Personal
physician of Louis XV. Correspondent of
, whom Linnaeus may already know. The King [Louis XVLouis XV, (1710-1774).
French. Reigned 1715-1774.
] himself walks there sometimes and it pleases him.

Now, d’Ayen has written to Havrincour and sent him a list of seeds that he should like to have in order to make his garden more complete. Therefore, Havrincour asks Linnaeus to be so generous as to send him the seeds indicated by d’Ayen, so that he can forward them to the Duke. [See d’Ayen to Linnaeus, 1 July 1752Letter L1459].

The Duke also writes to Havrincour to tell him that he would find it very satisfying if he could sometimes have direct contact with Linnaeus in botanical matters.

For the moment, Havrincour asks Linnaeus to do him the favour of sending him these seeds, separately packed and with the names given on the packages.

Havrincour will be in perpetual debt and gratitude to Linnaeus.


a. (LS, VI, 413-414). [1] [2] [3]