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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1829 • Carl Linnaeus to Michel Adanson, 1 October 1754 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. 1 Octobr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Paris (France). Written in Latin.

Doctissimo D[omino] Adanson.

Te feliciter in patriam reducem ex animo gratulor. Nullus dubito, quin plurima attulisti nova et curiosa, quum vidisti regionem a paucis sapientibus umquam calcatam. Rudis plebs nec attendit ad plantas, nec insecta et reliqua animalia, nec ad terras et lapides, sed pecoris instar stupida incedit. Tanto magis Tibi gratulor, cui fata reservarunt tam multa, quae avide exspecto in proximum annum videre edita!

Pro seminibus a Te missis debitas gratiarum actiones refero. Cum autem spes vix mihi supersit, ut ullum horum germinet, enixe et supplex petam, ut, si specimina in multiplo possideas plantarum exsiccatarum, aliquod frustulum pro me serves; remittam lubenter alia, si quae possideo Tibi grata.

Accepi nuper Herbarium integrum Palaestinae et Cairi, collecta a D[omino] Hasselquist, in quibus variae plantae antea obscurae et multae novae.

Nullus dubito, nec umquam dubitavi, quin multa etiamnum restant et forte semper restabunt ad artificialis methodi perfectionem, sed multorum opera concurrentia fastigium qualecunque imponent.

Adansoniam ex tuis seminibus dudum accepi a D[omino] Bernh[ardo] Jussieu; quae etiam satis bene crescit. Quomodo autem sit colenda non rite perspicio, cum sero apud nos in caldario folia promat.

Crescit etiam ex Tuis seminibus Acaciae species cortice albo. Sic noveram Te ex Tuis donis, antequam ullus de Te scripserat, praeterquam Ill[ustrissimus] Jussieu.

Vale et pomoeria Rei herbariae extende, artem Tua luce illustra! Devota mea officia dicas D[omino] D[octori] Bernh[ardo] de Jussieu, quem prae omnibus colo et veneror.

Upsaliae 1754 d[ie] 1 Octobr[is].

Tui nominis cultor devotus
Car[olus] Linnaeus,
Equ[es] aur[atus] stell[ae] pol[aris]

Viro Clarissimo
D[omino] D[omino] Adansono
Parisiis.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus congratulates Michel AdansonAdanson, Michel (1727-1806).
French. Botanist. Travelled in Senegal.
An opponent of Linnaeus. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
on his safe return to France from Sénégal [reply to a letter from 28 June 1754Letter L1774]. Linnaeus supposes that Adanson has brought with him a large collection of material, previously unknown to scientists. The natives do not care for nature, so Adanson had been a pioneer, and Linnaeus congratulates Adanson for having such a vast area of research and is eager to see the publication in a year or so.

Linnaeus thanks Adanson also for seeds received, but has little hope that any will germinate, He asks Adanson to send him dried specimens also, if he has such in duplicate. Linnaeus would be pleased to send similar specimens in exchange, if he has some that Adanson would like.

Linnaeus has just received a full herbarium of plants from Palestine and Cairo sent by Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
.

Linnaeus is aware that much still remains to be done regarding the publication of his method, but he has so much to do for the moment that there will be some delay in that.

The seeds of Adansonia that Linnaeus received from 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.
are already germinating. They develop well, but Linnaeus is not quite sure how the species should be tended, since in the warm greenhouse, it develops its leaves very late.

From seeds received from Adanson, Linnaeus has also an Acacia Those seeds had made Linnaeus acquainted with Adanson, before anybody except Jussieu had written about Adanson.

The letter is concluded with a greeting to Jussieu.

[2004-07-11]

upEDITIONS

1. “Une lettre de Linné ŕ Adanson” (1899), p. 217-221 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 2-3   p.2  p.3.