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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2647 • Jean Baptiste Aymen to Carl Linnaeus, 12 April 1753 n.s.
Dated 12. april 175[3]. Sent from Castillon-la-Bataille (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Illustrissimo, doctissimo Carolo Linnaeo,
historiae Naturalis Legislatori,
Academiarum Ups[aliensis] Stok[holmensis] Lond[inensis] Monsp[eliensis] &c. Socio, nec non in Upsaliensi Lyceo Botanices professori,
J[oannes] B[aptistus] Aymen,
doctor medicus.

Quam omnibus historiae naturalis cultoribus concedis Benevolentiam, Vir Celeberrime, mihi persuadet, te non retorvo oculo hanc accepturum epistolam, teque mihi non recusaturum responsum. Tibi quaedam offerendi, a te quaedam expostulandi, tibi quasdam communicandi observationes est animus.

Nostra in provincia reperiuntur plantae et insecta, quae nec circa Parisios, nec circa Monspellium, nec, ut verisimile est, in Suecia videntur. Illarum Bulbos, semina, istorum ova aut nymphas lubenter mittam, si quid gaudii tibi procreare valeant. Mittam et quoque tibi plantas exsiccatas, quas copiosisime a coloniis Nostris Americanis et Africanis quavis die accipio. Haec omnia facillime per naves Burdigalenses Suecicos portus petentes ad te pervenient.

Pro isthoc, vir doctissime, vellis, quaeso, plantas Suecicas aut Laponicas exsiccatas mihi praebere, et praesertim genera, quae in Galliis aut in horto regio Parisiensi non reperiuntur. Ut Linnaea, isoetes, peloria, Andromeda, Bartsia &c. donum certe pretiosisimum, pro viro, cui Botanices studium in deliciis est, quique omnia impendit, ut herbarium, jam ultra sex millibus plantis ditatum, perficere possit. Mittas et quoque, quaeso, philosophiam tuam Botanicam, quam apud typographos nec Franciae, nec Angliae et Hollandiae, non reperii.

Sed a te ardentius specto, quod observationem, quam a te ab uno anno accepisse scripsit mihi D[ominus] B[ernhardus] De Jussieu, mei amicissimus, mihi fusius communicare vellis. Doctissimo mandasti amico, quod instructor filii tui reperierit istud insectum (evadens inde in phalenam), quod apud vos, in agris secalinis, culmos intrando, spicas causat effoetas. Mira quidem haec observatio. Nam sepissime, non solum in culmis, sed etiam in axibus, graminis 57. Bot. par., Zeae, Dipsaci insecta reperii, quin spicarum sterilitatem produxerint. In spicis secalinis effoetis insectum, sed in vanum quaesivi. Unde conjicio insectum illud apud vos, in spicis fecundis etiam reperiri posse. Ex me enim nequaquam secalis sterilitatem producit. - Hanc iterum rogo, fuse scribas observationem.

Salviniam Mich[elii] saepius examinavi. Cum pillularia non convenit. Pillularia ut et Lemma B[ernhardi] De Jussieu, de qua nihil dixisti, ad filices remitti mihi videntur. Lemna vero tua post Callitrichem, Ludwigiam, et Jussieam unum et idem genus esse credo. Inter enim has plantas non est alia differentia, quam ea quae inter tamaricem floribus pentandris, et tamaricem floribus decandris, reperitur. Ex examine sauvageae optime exsiccatae clare vidi, te nectarium pro staminibus, stamina vero pro corollis habuisse. Corollae enim sunt quinque inter calicem et stamina positae. Nectarium 5 phillum inter corollas et stamina situm. Miram et forte in Europa unicam possideo pluknetiam optime exsiccatam. Ex floribus aqua madefactis genus habui, quod lubenter tibi, si jubeas, communicabo. Nuper opus de Diebus criticis, ab academia Divinionensi coronatum typis mandavi. Et ante longum tempus, si Deus det vires, De morbis vegetantium, aliquid publice reddam. Haec opera, etsi mediocria, tibi mittam. Haec vellim dulci vultu inspicias. Vale, vir celeberrime! Tuam mihi concedas amicitiam!

Datum Castillione ad Dordoniam 12 april[is] 175[3].

Epistolarum haec sit inscriptio: a M[onsieur] Aymen docteur en medecine, par Bordeaux a Castillon sur dordogne.

Si vero plantas exsiccatas per naves Stockolmenses Burdigalam venientes mittere digneres, fasciculi haec sit inscriptio: A M[onsieu]r Jean Clock negotiant aux chartrons pour faire tenir a M[onsieu]r Aymen docteur en medecine a Bordeaux.

A Monsieur
Monsieur Linnaeus Intendant Du
jardin Royal, des academies de Stockolm
díUpsal, de Londre, de Montpellier, de Berlin &c.
professeur De Medecine et De Botanique
A Upsal En Suede

upSUMMARY

Jean Baptiste AymenAymen, Jean Baptiste
(1729-1784). French. Naturalist and
physician, Bordeaux. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
takes the liberty to contact Linnaeus, whose benevolence towards colleagues is well known. Aymen wants an exchange of material and information.

Aymen offers Linnaeus seeds, dried specimens, eggs, nymphs and other forms of samples of plants and animals found around Castillon. He states that they are not found around Paris or Montpellier and supposes they are not found in Sweden. Furthermore, he often receives material from the French colonies in America and Africa, which he is willing to share. Ships leaving Bordeaux for Sweden are the most convenient means of transport.

In return, he asks for plants from Sweden, preferably those that are not already found in French botanical gardens. He is eager to add to his herbarium, which already contains 6,000 species. A copy of Philosophia botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Philosophia
botanica, in qua explicantur fundamenta
botanica cum definitionibus partium,
etc.
(Stockholm 1751). Soulsby no.
437.
would be appreciated, since he has not found it with booksellers in France, England or Holland.

In particular, Aymen asks for further information on an entomological discovery made by the tutor of Linnaeusís son [Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his fatherís lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeusís
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
father.
; the tutor was Daniel RolanderRolander, Daniel (1725-1793).
Swedish. Naturalist and explorer.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Went to Surinam in 1755-1756.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], which Linnaeus had written about to Bernhard de JussieuJussieu, 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.
, a close friend of Aymen.

Aymen makes some comments on various plants, such as <I<Lemma, Pilluraria, Ludwigia, Sauvagesia, where he has seen that Linnaeusís definitions or descriptions do not agree with what he has seen himself. Aymen promises to send Linnaeus copies of some new publications [Dissertation dans laquelle on examine si les jours critiques sont les mêmes en nos climatsAymen, Jean Baptiste
Dissertation dans laquelle on examine
si les jours critiques sont les
mêmes en nos climats quíls
étoient dans ceux ou Hippocrate
les a observés, & quels
égards on doit y avoir dans la
pratique [Ö]
(Paris, 1752).
, De morbis vegetantiumAymen, Jean Baptiste De
morbis vegetantium
].

Aymen informs Linnaeus on how to formulate Aymenís address on letters.

P.S. And on how to formulate Aymenís address on letters on packages, for example with dried plant specimens, sent by ships, where Jean ClockClock, Jean French. is theintermediary.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, I, 229-230). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 107-108   p.107  p.108.