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Link: • Jean François Séguier to Carl Linnaeus, 23 June 1757 n.s.
Dated IX. Kal. Quintilis M.DCCLVII.. Sent from NÓmes (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Linnaeusís fame has become so widespread that almost everybody knows about him. In Trevoltiani Diarii PlanchudPlanchud, French?. had, for example, seen a summary of Linnaeusís dissertations in the third volume of Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
, dealing with the winter cold and the cure for chilblains [Séguier refers to the Dissertatio de morbis ex hyemeLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio de
morbis ex hyeme
, diss. , resp. S.
Brodd (Uppsala, 1752). Soulsby no. 1668.
, published in the Amoenitates, vol. 3, 1756 ]. They are a nuisance all the year round, since they prevent you from walking well at any time. Planchud has asked Jean François SéguierSéguier, Jean François
(1703-1784). French. Antiquarian
and botanist, Nimes. Correspondent of
to contact Linnaeus and ask for more details on that matter.

Séguier does so also because he then has a reason to renew contact with Linnaeus after he had moved from Verona to Nimes. But before he comes to the real subject, he must take up some other things.

From Verona, he had sent Julius Carl SchlägerSchläger, Julius Carl
(?-?). German. Librarian and
antiquarian of the duke of Saxe-Gotha.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Gotha many specimens of plants meant for Linnaeus. He knows from letters [these letters have not come down to us], that Linnaeus has received them. Linnaeus had asked for more, that Séguier had promised, but as many of his family, and his friend 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.
had died unexpectedly, he had left his botanical tasks in Verona to Giulio Cesare MoreniMoreni, Giulio Cesare Italian.
Chemist, Verona.
who had promised to follow up these matters with Linnaeus on Séguierís behalf. However, he has been busy with other things, so he has not yet had time, but he has written to Séguier that he would go up to the Mons Baldus on the following day.

Linnaeus had promised so send Séguier plant specimens, but Séguier has not received any. Séguier asks Linnaeus to arrange for Séguier to get them, and Séguier will on his side be glad to supply Linnaeus with plants from the Nimes region, where he now lives.

Séguier describes the trouble Planchud had with his chilblains (perniones). Planchud is 48 years old, and he has suffered from chilblains since he was a child. They were located where the tibia meets the calcaneus. Some not very successful treatments are described, practised for several years, until at last he had been sent on a sixty daysí treatment at a spa. The water was efficient, but the trouble returned with the winter. The patient uses vinegar with camphor with some ammonia in it. It would seem that the remedy described by Linnaeus could help him be rid of these wounds and all that belongs to the disease. Séguier is very eager to hear what Linnaeus thinks about the case and its treatment, and Planchud asks for it fervently

If the third volume of Amoenitates academicae had been delivered to Nimes and not been known only through this secondary report, they could already have been informed of the cure. However, everything from distant countries comes late. The fastest would be to use ships bound for Marseille, and Séguier gives a name of an agent there who will take care of packages addressed to him.


a. original holograph (LS, XIV, 49-50). [1] [2] [3]