Carl Linnaeus to Antoine Gouan,
26 February 1761 n.s.
L2873. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Antoine GouanAntoine Gouan (1733-1821). French.
On 30 December 1760 Linnaeus had received Antoine GouanísGouan, Antoine (1733-1821).
Linnaeus sees that Gouan is busy working with the systematics of fish. Gouan had asked about some of Artediís fishes. However, Linnaeus cannot answer, since he does not have Listerís work on fish at hand. However, Linnaeus knows for sure that Peter ArtediísArtedi, Peter (1705-1735).
Linnaeus has not seen Balistes scolopax. He has often wondered why Artedi put Scolopax in the genus Balistes. He hopes that Gouan will define this fish.
Linnaeus does not know where the rumour regarding an expedition to Spain originates. People from France, Italy and Spain have written to him about it. However, there has been no letter of invitation. He therefore concludes that it is all a mistake.
Linnaeus has received Rocheís [Linnaeus means Bartolomo Giambattista RoncoRonco, Bartolomo Giambattista
a. original holograph (BL, Additional Ms 22935, 184).