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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Antoine Gouan, 22 November 1759 n.s.
Dated 1759 d. 22 Novembr. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Montpellier (France). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus owes more to François Boissier de La Croix de SauvagesSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
(1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
than all his other friends together. Sauvages has introduced him to other persons from which he has benefitted much; among these are Antoine GouanGouan, Antoine (1733-1821).
French. Botanist, Montpellier. Student
under Sauvages. Director of the
botanical garden in 1767, later
professor of botany and medicine.
Although an admirer of Linnaeus he tried
to develop a hybrid of his system of
classification. Correspondent of
, who is perhaps the only one in France who studies fishes and insects. Sauvages had written to Linnaeus that Gouan had collected insects and sent them with a ship bound for Sweden. Linnaeus had in vain awaited the ship. He feared that the ship had been intercepted by pirates. However, four days ago the ship came to Stockholm and friends of Linnaeus saw to it that he got the box with insects. He has received all insects and they were not damaged at all. Linnaeus identifies Gouanís insects, nos. 1-33, and adds the trivial names from Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.

1. Silpha vespillo
2. Scarabaeus sacer
3. Scarabaeus Cunonis
4. Scarabaeus typhoeus
5. Scarabaeus bison, etc.

Linnaeus is very grateful for Gouanís gifts. He realizes that there are many insects that are unknown in Sweden or that the most rare ones in Sweden are very common in France.

Linnaeus would like to receive Phalaenae and Papiliones.


a. original holograph (BL, Additional Ms 22935, 177-178). [1] [2] [3] [4]