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Link: • Jean François Séguier to Carl Linnaeus, 1 December 1761 n.s.
Dated le X.bre 1761. Sent from Nîmes (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in French.


Jean François SéguierSéguier, Jean François
(1703-1784). French. Antiquarian
and botanist, Nimes. Correspondent of
is very glad to have heard news of Linnaeus from Clas AlströmerAlströmer, Clas
(1736-1794). Swedish. Baron,
industrialist. Sent plants and specimens
to Linnaeus from his travels abroad.
Bought Linnaeus’s “little herbarium”,
now in the Natural History Museum in
Stockholm. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of August, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
. Séguier had shown Alströmer things that could interest him. He regrets that Alströmer had not been in that region before and that his visit was at a time of the year when they could not study the growing plants.

Séguier asks Linnaeus to regard him as an admirer.

If Linnaeus could send Séguier duplicates from his collection of dried specimens, it would be an important contribution to Séguier’s herbarium, now containing more than 6,000 items. Séguier asks for mosses, of which he has heard that there should be many species.

Séguier has acquired the first volume of the tenth edition of Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
and is waiting for the second. Séguier is also waiting for the publication of volume 3 that is of special interest to him since he has a large collection of petrifactions, fossils and minerals. [ The 10th edition was published in two volumes, “Animalia” 1758 and “Vegetabilia” 1759. The third volume, “Mineralia” was never published]. Alströmer will be able to tell Linnaeus more about that collection.

Séguier asks Linnaeus to forward his greetings to Henning Adolph GyllenborgGyllenborg, Henning Adolph
(1713-1775). Swedish. Count,
councillor. Student at Uppsala and
member of the Royal Swedish Academy of
Sciences. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Carl-Johan CronstedtCronstedt, Carl-Johan
(1709-1777). Swedish. Royal
and Jonas MeldercreutzMeldercreutz, Jonas
(1715-1785). Swedish. Professor of
mathematics, Uppsala.
, who he has met or exchanged letters with.

Séguier offers Linnaeus his services.


a. original holograph (LS, XIV, 53-54). [1] [2] [3]