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Link: • Jean Baptiste Aymen to Carl Linnaeus, 24 November 1753 n.s.
Dated 9bri. 24. an. 1753. Sent from Paris (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Jean Baptiste AymenAymen, Jean Baptiste
(1729-1784). French. Naturalist and
physician, Bordeaux. Correspondent of
has left southern France for a year and gone to Paris, where he has ample means of studying nature, seeing scholars, etc.

Aymen has already been to the Jardin Royal and seen the plants sent there by Linnaeus. Bernard de JussieuísJussieu, Bernard de
(1699-1777). French. Professor of
botany, brother of Antoine and Joseph de
Jussieu. Demonstrator at the Jardin des
plantes. Sébastien Vaillantís
successor. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had accompanied him and shown him.

Jussieu is sure that the Hypericum described in the previous letter [Aymen to Linnaeus, 25 August, 1753Letter L1627] is a new species.

Short notes on several other plants are given.

Thomas François DalibardDalibard, Thomas François
(1703-1779). French. Naturalist, an
early adherent of Linnaeusís system.
is a private teacher, with no knowledge of natural history.

Sébastian VaillantVaillant, Sébastien
(1669-1722). French. Botanist and
surgeon. Professor at the Jardin des
plantes. His theory on plant sexuality
influenced Linnaeus who regarded
Vaillant as one of the most important
has published a Botanicon parisienseVaillant, Sébastien
Botanicon parisiense: ou,
dénombrement par ordre
alphabétique des plantes qui se
trouvent aux environs de Paris

(Leiden & Amsterdam, 1727)
according to Linnaeusís rules. He is a compiler, though, and left the study of natural history three years ago to devote himself to physics.

Aymen is surprised that Linnaeus had written that François Boissier de La Croix de SauvagesSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
(1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had published a nice book on plants in Montpellier [Methodus foliorum, seu plantae florae MonspeliensisSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
Methodus foliorum,
seu plantae florae Monspeliensis, juxta
foliorum ordinem ad juvandam specierum
cognitionem, digestae [...]
Méthode pour connoître les
plantes par les feüilles
Hague 1751).
]. He wonders if Linnaeus had meant that ironically, for Aymen had read that long ago and found it without order and with a lot of errors. The author is not a botanist but somebody resembling a botanist.

Aymen had read Gottlieb Emanuel von HallerísHaller, Gottlieb Emanuel von
(1735-1786). Swiss. Historian and
statesman. Son of Albrecht von Haller
and Marianne Wyss. Correspondent of
Dubia quaedam ex cl. Linnaei Fundamentis haustaHaller, Gottlieb Emanuel von
Dubia quaedam ex cl. Linnaei
Fundamentis hausta
, 5 vol.
(Göttingen, 1750-1752).
, but not found anything worth commenting.

Aymen has not yet received Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
nor the plants promised, so he repeats his request to Linnaeus to send them to Bordeaux under the address given earlier.

P.S. Aymenís address in Paris concludes the letter.


a. (LS, I, 219-220). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 119-120   p.119  p.120.