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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1387 • Carl Linnaeus to Bernard de Jussieu, 25 March 1752 n.s.
Dated die 14 martii 1752. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Paris (France). Written in Latin.

Botanico Summo,
D[OMINO] D[OCTORI] BERNH[ARDO] de JUSSIEU,
benefactori colendissimo,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[ar]olus Linnaeus.

Quamvis nihil habeat pauper, quod non ditissimus possideat, attamen, ut tester gratissimum meum animum, mitto haec quae praeterito anno, reduce ex Canada Kalmio, accepi semina; nomina adposuit Hortulanus ea, sub quibus nobis tradita fuere. Spero, quod haec quae ad hortum spectant non solvantur a Tuo aerario, sed ab horti; sin minus ea nunquam ausus fuissem mittere. Hac data occasione a Te mihi veniam expeto interrogandi de plantis, quae mihi maximum facessere negotium, et quum habeam modo unicam ad manus, eamque a Te missam, haereo de reliquis. Sunt hae:

α. Hibiscus inermis foliis serratis, inferioribus ovatis integris, superioribus trilobis. Hort. Cliff. 350 cum synonymis. Fl. Zeyl. 262.

β. Hibiscus inermis, foliis serratis, infimis indivisis, mediis bipartitis, summis quinquepartitis. Roy. Lugdb. 359.

γ. Hibiscus foliis palmato-digitatis quinquepartitis, laciniis lanceolatis, caule aculeato. Fl. Zeyl. 268.

δ. Alcea benghalensis spinosissima, acetosae sapore. Comm. Hort. 1. p. 35. t. 18.

Me, quaeso, instruas, num hae quatuor inter se sint satis distinctae, an eaedem et tantum varietates.

Vel si diversae, quibus notis distinguendae? Mihi videntur multam habere affinitatem, nec notae a me datae; dum olim eas videram, mihi ipsi sufficiunt.

Servet Te Deus T[er] O[ptimus] in Rei botanices ornamentum et sustentationem; mea officia dicas venerando parenti Tuo, artis amabilis Seniori et Botanicorum antesignano; necnon plurimum valere jubeas amicissimae virgini D[ominae] Bassaport necnon amicis et fautoribus reliquis.

Quod jam fit de vestro Buffon? Exspecto avide Museum regium in natura; praefationem audivi et vidi. Sed quid magis?

Opto Tibi, Vir Colendissime, florentissimam aestatem et Herborisationes impluvias; ego Tui in meis numquam obliviscar cum meis sociis.

Dabam Upsaliae die 14 Martii 1752.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus sends a few seeds to 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.
from those received from Pehr Kalm’sKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Canadian journey. They are named such as the gardener found them named when they arrived and were taken care of. Linnaeus hopes the fare will be paid by Jussieu’s garden and not by Jussieu himself.

Linnaeus asks about four species of Hibiscus and wonders more specifically if they are just variants or really different species.

Linnaeus sends his regards to Antoine de Jussieu Jussieu, 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.
, Madeleine Françoise BasseporteBasseporte, Madeleine
Françoise
(1701-1780).
French. Painter, Paris. Pupil of Claude
Aubriet, painter at the French court,
where she taught the princesses.
and other friends.

Linnaeus is eager to see Jean-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon’sBuffon, Jean-Louis Leclerc, comte de
(1707-1788). French.
work Histoire naturelleBuffon, Jean-Louis Leclerc, comte de
Histoire naturelle
générale et
particulière avec la description
du cabinet du roi
, 44 vol. (Paris,
1749-1804).
.

Linnaeus wishes Jussieu will have a flowering summer with good weather for his excursions. When out on his own, Linnaeus never forgets those with Jussieu in France.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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