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Link: • Jean Baptiste Aymen to Carl Linnaeus, 24 November 1754 n.s.
Dated 9bri 24. an. 1754. Sent from Castillon-la-Bataille (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Jean Baptiste AymenAymen, Jean Baptiste
(1729-1784). French. Naturalist and
physician, Bordeaux. Correspondent of
has received a letter from Linnaeus [this letter has not come down to us] through 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.
, and he was surprised to see there that Linnaeus had not received the books, Xaverio (Saverio) ManettiísManetti, Xaverio (Saverio)
(1723-1785). Italian. Physician,
professor of botany at Florence.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Viridarium florentinumManetti, Xaverio (Saverio)
Viridarium florentinum, sive
conspectus plantarum quae floruerunt
& semina dederunt hoc anno 1750

(Florence 1751).
and Albrecht von HallerísHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Enumeratio plantarum horti regii et agri Gottingensis Haller, Albrecht von
Enumeratio plantarum horti regii et
agri Gottingensis aucta et emendata

(Göttingen, 1753).
, sent earlier that year [see Aymen to Linnaeus, 5 September 1754Letter L1813. Aymen repeats the name of Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
to whom they were sent and asks Linnaeus to check there what may have happened.

In Bordeaux, Aymen will soon prepare a sending of American plants meant for Linnaeus, in return for the valuable Lappish material that Linnaeus once had sent to Aymen.

After a few botanical details, Aymen reports to Linnaeus that he has one specimen of a plant that grows in the Jardin Royal in Paris. It is called Topiaria and Aymen suggests that Linnaeus accept it for inclusion in his works without having seen it for himself; Aymen cannot send him a specimen. Jussieu had also found a new species of this genus and called it Aymenea; a character of that is given.

Jussieu had told Aymen that a new edition of was planned Genera plantarum [Aymen refers presumably to the Genera plantarum [...] editio quintaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio quinta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1754).
Soulsby no. 301.
] . Aymen welcomes that, gives several detailed suggestions on changes and promises to send more of the same kind in the future.

Aymen also discusses observations he has made as to the Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.


a. (LS, I, 225-228). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 131-133   p.131  p.132  p.133.