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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1718 • Jean Baptiste Aymen to Carl Linnaeus, 10 February 1754 n.s.
Dated februar.10. an. 1754. Sent from Paris (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

upSUMMARY

Jean Baptiste AymenAymen, Jean Baptiste
(1729-1784). French. Naturalist and
physician, Bordeaux. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for his recent letter [Linnaeus to Aymen, 10 January 1754Letter L1703] and reports on the friends of Linnaeus’s whom he had asked about: The Jussieu brothers [Antoine de JussieuJussieu, 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.
, 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.
], Joseph de JussieuJussieu, Joseph de (1704-1779).
French. Botanist, mathematician,
explorer. Member of the French
expedition in South America 1735.
Brother of Antoine and Bernard de
Jussieu. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu.
], Madeleine Françoise BasseporteBasseporte, Madeleine
Françoise
(1701-1780).
French. Painter, Paris. Pupil of Claude
Aubriet, painter at the French court,
where she taught the princesses.
, LaserreLa Serre, French. Physician
and naturalist, Paris.
.

Michel AdansonAdanson, Michel (1727-1806).
French. Botanist. Travelled in Senegal.
An opponent of Linnaeus. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
has returned from Africa with a lot of specimens of rare plants, which he will let Aymen get a share of. They will soon be published [Adanon’s observations from Africa were published in, Histoire naturelle du SénégalAdanson, Michel Histoire
naturelle du Sénégal.
Coquillages. Avec la relation
abrégée d'un voyage fait
en ce pays, pendant les années
1749, 50, 51, 52 & 53, etc.

(Paris 1757).
]. However, Adanson and Jussieu have forbidden Aymen to tell Linnaeus the number of stamens in Adansonia.

Aymen has a Dalibarda, but he is not sure where it belongs. What disturbs him most is that it is so dry that it cannot produce seeds.

Aymen admits that all is not fully satisfactory in Albrecht von Haller’sHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
works. He promises to send to Linnaeus a copy of Xaverio (Saverio) Manetti’s workManetti, Xaverio (Saverio)
(1723-1785). Italian. Physician,
professor of botany at Florence.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[Aymen refers to the Viridarium florentinumManetti, Xaverio (Saverio)
Viridarium florentinum, sive
conspectus plantarum quae floruerunt
& semina dederunt hoc anno 1750

(Florence 1751).
], via Bordeaux where his father will see them sent on a Swedish ship. Linnaeus is welcome to ask for other books, which Aymen will get for him.

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.
has received the copy of Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
, and Aymen asks for a copy of his own and also how he is to act if he finds something there that he should like to update.

Jean-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon’sBuffon, Jean-Louis Leclerc, comte de
(1707-1788). French.
has published volume 4 of his 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).
; vol. 4 was published in 1753], without any internal order. It is a work of first-class style but without doctrine.

Aymen answers or comments some of the botanical issues in Linnaeus’s letter and gives formal descriptions of three species, Moneria, Dayenia, Acoma.

Aymen is glad to hear that Linnaeus is preparing a new edition of Genera plantarum [...] editio quintaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio quinta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1754).
Soulsby no. 301.
. He has some notes from examinations of several plants, and he will send these to Linnaeus.

Aymen had been invited by Jussieu to see Jos. Donat. Surian’sSurian, Joseph Donat (d. 1691).
French. Physician and apothecary,
Marseille. Accompanied Charles Plumier
to the West Indies in 1690.
herbarium, where he had seen another species of Columellea. He describes it briefly and reminds Linnaeus that he had taken it for an Acinodendrum at his visit to Paris.

Aymen has published some dissertations on various medical matters at the Académie royale des sciences, ParisAcadémie royale des sciences,
Paris,
French. The French
Académie des sciences was founded
in 1666 and became a royal academy in
1699. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[”Recherches sur les progrès et la cause de la nielle”Aymen, Jean Baptiste ”Recherches
sur les progrès et la cause de la
nielle”, Memoires de mathematiques et
de physique
3 (1760), 68-85
and ”Second mémoire sur les maladies des blés” Aymen, Jean Baptiste ”Second
mémoire sur les maladies des
blés”, Memoires de
mathematiques et de physique
, 4
(1763), 358-398.
].

In the next letter, Aymen will answer more of Linnaeus’s questions on various plants.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, I, 221-222). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 124-127   p.124  p.125  p.126  p.127.