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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1838 • René-Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur to Carl Linnaeus, 12 November 1754 n.s.
Dated 12e novembre 1754.. Sent from Paris (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in French.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has sent eggs from the butterfly that in Sweden is called Apicola to René-Antoine Ferchault de RéamurRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
(1683-1757). French.
Physicist and naturalist. His works
cover geometry, technology, mineralogy,
ornithology. His collections of natural
history objects, mineralogy etc. were
given to the Académie des
sciences after his death. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
[Linnaeus to de Réamur, 16 August 1754 Letter L1795] and that was a gift very much to to de RéamurísRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
(1683-1757). French.
Physicist and naturalist. His works
cover geometry, technology, mineralogy,
ornithology. His collections of natural
history objects, mineralogy etc. were
given to the Académie des
sciences after his death. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
taste. Linnaeus will have contributed to the adornment of the French landscape if de Réaumur succeeds in naturalizing it in the surroundings of Paris. The caterpillar will not cost much since it will be easily satisfied with few plants. de Réaumur would not be so late expressing his gratitude if he had been in Paris where Linnaeusís letter was sent, but he was at that time at Poitou where he regularly passes his holidays.

de Réaumur has spoken of the eggs as if he had received them although he has not received them yet. Perhaps Linnaeus has commissioned a person who did not perform his task, or did Linnaeus have the intention to enclose them in the letter and forgot it? If they have been lost due to some accident it would be a great pity for de Réaumur. If, however, they still are with Linnaeus, de Réaumur asks Linnaeus to send them in a letter. They will not raise the postage price and could be sent free of charge if addressed to GerseüilGerseüil, French.
Superintendent of the French stage-coach
stations.
, superintendent of the French stage-coach stations.

Concerning what Linnaeus says about the insects delivered from Palestine and Egypt, de Réaumur thinks that they have not reached other regions. Among those sent to him from America, Africa, India and China he has found only a few in France.

de Réaumur apologizes for writing in French but writing in Latin would be a labour for him since he has not written in Latin for more than forty years. French cannot, however, express how much de Réaumur admires Linnaeus´s knowledge and his work, so useful for the progress of Natural History.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, XII, 164-165). [1] [2] [3] [4]

upEDITIONS

1. A selection (1821), vol. 2, p. 477-479   p.477  p.478  p.479.