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Link: • Jean François Séguier to Carl Linnaeus, 29 May 1755 n.s.
Dated IV Kal. Jun. MDCCLV. Sent from Verona (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Jean François SéguierSéguier, Jean François
(1703-1784). French. Antiquarian
and botanist, Nimes. Correspondent of
thanks Linnaeus for a letter dated March 8 [Linnaeus to Séguier, 8 March 1755Letter L1889], which he had received on May 3. That letter had been carried faster than any previous letter. He is glad that Linnaeus had received the books that Séguier had sent him and that Linnaeus had asked for copies of some works of his, which Séguier would have sent at once if he had had copies available.

However, Séguier has decided to return to his native city Nimes, after the death of Scipion MaffeiMaffei, Francesco Scipione
(1675-1755). French. Marquis, stayed in
Verona for many years. Jean
François Séguier then
served as his secretary, and also
accompanied him on his travels.
on February 3. They had known each other for 22 years. So he has had all his collection of books and samples sent to Marseille to be forwarded to Nimes. But he is anxious to meet Linnaeus’s requests, so he has collected what he has available and what he has got from friends and sent it all, together with a small work dedicated to Julius Carl SchlägerSchläger, Julius Carl
(?-?). German. Librarian and
antiquarian of the duke of Saxe-Gotha.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Gotha with a request that he should send it on to Uppsala as soon as possible. Schläger had answered that he had received another letter from Linnaeus to Séguier [Linnaeus to Schläger, 10 March 1755Letter L6053 and Linnaeus to Séguier, 10 March 1755Letter L1888; which Séguier is eagerly waiting for. Séguier mentions that Linnaeus will have to wait for specimens of most plants until later.

Séguier will visit the Mons Baldus later this year to collect plants and fossils, and then he will remember what Linnaeus is eager to receive. The specimens promised by Linnaeus will make Séguier so grateful to Linnaeus that he will never forget. His herbarium, although already rather large, still lacks much, and there is almost no end to collecting.

Séguier expects to receive copies of some of Linnaeus’s works from Leipzig. He has however no other means of obtaining copies of dissertations than getting them directly from Linnaeus, so he asks Linnaeus to send them to him at his expense. Séguier promises to refund him. Linnaeus should greet Henning Adolph GyllenborgGyllenborg, Henning Adolph
(1713-1775). Swedish. Count,
councillor. Student at Uppsala and
member of the Royal Swedish Academy of
Sciences. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
from Séguier.

Séguier plans to stay in Italy for another year, so if Linnaeus wants anything he should tell him. Séguier is glad that Linnaeus has become a member of the nobility.

P.S.1 Séguier writes that he has enclosed some specimens of plants not requested by Linnaeus,

P.S. 2 Séguier gives a reference to a presentation of Lychnis Drubensis.

P.S. 3 Séguier reports that the first volume of Giuseppe Ginanni’sGinanni, Giuseppe (1692-1753).
Italian. Botanist, Ravenna.
, work on plants in the Adriatic Sea [Opere postume, nella quali si contengono 114 piante che vegetano nel mare AdriaticoGinanni, Giuseppe Opere
postume, nella quali si contengono 114
piante che vegetano nel mare Adriatico,
nella paludi e nel territorio di
Ravenna, coll’ istoria d’alcuni
(Venedig, 1755-1757).
] is ready and that Giovanni Targioni-TozzettiTargioni-Tozzetti, Giovanni
(1712-1783). Italian. Naturalist and
physician, associate of Pietro Antonio
Micheli. Father of Ottaviano
Targioni-Tozzetti.Uncle of Antonio
will publish another work by Pietro Antonio MicheliMicheli, Pietro Antonio
(1679-1737). Italian. Botanist, curator
of the botanical garden of Florence.
Before Linnaeus the leading authority on
on marine plants [Targioni-Tozzetti published Catalogus plantarumMicheli, Pietro Antonio
Catalogus plantarum horti caesarei
Florentini opus postumum, iussu
societatis botanicae editum,
continuatum, et ipsius horti historia
locupletatum ab Io. Targioni
(Florence 1748).
, but the Catalogus vegetabilium marinorumMicheli, Pietro Antonio
Catalogus vegetabilium marinorum
musei sui; opus posthumus ad secundum
partem novorum generum plantarum [...]
P. A. Micheli inserviens, cum notis
Octaviani Targioni-Tozzetti
, II, ed.
G. Targioni-Tozzetti (Florence 1826).
, which was collected by him, was published by Ottaviano Targioni-TozzettiTargioni-Tozzetti, Ottaviano
(1755-1826). Italian. Naturalist. Son
of Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti. Cousin of
Antonio Targioni-Tozzetti.


a. original holograph (LS, XIV, 47-48). [1] [2] [3]