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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Antoine Gouan, 11 August 1760 n.s.
Dated 1760 d. 11 Augusti. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Montpellier (France). Written in Latin.


Three days ago Linnaeus received the beautiful insects that 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
sent him. Linnaeus examined them and placed them in their genera. Gouan will see his insects inserted in Linnaeusís new, twelfth edition of Systema naturae,12th edition Linnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
, which the publisher of the tenth edition of Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
will soon publish, since he cannot stand the edition of Halle [Linnaeus refers to Systema naturae [pref. J. J. Lange]Linnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae [pref. J. J. Lange]
1760-1770). Soulsby no. 60.
]. Gouan will find his insects and also some insects that Linnaeus has not seen before under the following names:

1.1-2. Hemerobius papilionoides
3. Hister quadrimaculatus. Gouanís is different from Linnaeusís, but it is the same species.
4. Scarabaeus taurus
5. Cicada sanguinolenta. Linnaeus has received it from Germany and Italy.
6. Cerambyx tristis. It is new.
7. Chrysomela quadripunctata
8. Scarabaeus sabulosus
9. Cerambyx spinosus
10. Cerambyx apterus. Linnaeus has received it from Germany.
11. Cerambyx cardui. It is new.
12. Buprestis rubi
13. Cerambyx ebulinus. It is new.
14. Johann Christian Daniel von SchreberísSchreber, Johann Christian Daniel von
(1737-1810). German. Physician
and botanist. Became doctor of medicine
at Uppsala under Linnaeus in 1760.
Professor of botany and director of the
botanical garden of Erlangen.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Scarabaeus. Linnaeus has received it from Germany [Schreber to Linnaeus, 25 November 1759Letter L4290].
15. Dermestes verbasci. It is new.
16. Larva vilpha
17. Cicada orni
18. Dermestes scarabaeoides
19. Cerambyx lunatus. Linnaeus has received it from Schreber in Germany.

Linnaeus will insert more than 350 new species in the new edition. Linnaeus wishes that there will soon be peace. The wretched English have stolen all that Linnaeus sent to his friends the previous year and almost all that has been sent to him apart from what Gouan has sent.

Linnaeus might have the insect found in Verbascum 3. He will call it Attelabus monocerotis.

Linnaeus wonders what 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.
thinks about the new theory in Vienna that cancer can be cured by an extract from Cortex. Linnaeus believes that Cicuta aquatica would be better.

Linnaeus wonders whether Mathurin Jacques BrissonBrisson, Mathurin Jacques
(1723-1806). French. Physicist and
geologist, professor in Paris.
has published his work on the birds [Linnaeus refers to Brissonís OrnithologiaBrisson, Mathurin Jacques
Ornithologia, sive synopsis methodica
sistens avium divisionem in ordines,
sectiones, genera, species, ipsarumque
varietates, etc. (Ornithologie, ou
Méthode contenant la division des
oiseaux en ordres, etc.)
6 vol. (
Paris 1760).

There is nothing new in Sweden. All are silent except for Bellona.


a. original holograph (BL, Additional Ms 22935, 181). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]