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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3237 • Carl Linnaeus to Bernard de Jussieu, 1 March 1763 n.s.
Dated 1763. d. 1 Martii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Paris (France). Written in Latin.

Viro illustri,
D[OMINO] [DOCTORI] BERNH[ARDO] de JUSSIEU,
Professori Parisino,
artis nostrae fulcro primario,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] v[on] Linné,
Eques.

Dum inopinato mihi iste honos contigit, qui me inscripserat numero Membrorum Academiae Regiae Parisinae, quem agnosco per vitae meae curriculum summum, non potui non me temperare, quin hisce erga Te, Vir illustris, devotissimam piamque declararem mentem et gratitudinem, cum hunc Tibi me totum debere plane convictus sim.

Hoc tanto magis miratus, quo noveram, quam me apud Te male explicavit ille, a quo longe alia promerui et cui Tu fidem adhibere tenebas, cum ego non alium haberem testem, quam eum, qui fata nostra gubernat, quique novit, quam pio et sincero Te semper colui mente, quodque faciam, quamdiu me sinant fata inter vestrates numerari.

Laetus ex literis Alstroemerii intellexi Te etiamnum vegeto corpore et inconcussa sanitate valere; me vero jam incipiunt anni ingravescentes comprimere.

Absolutis propediem Speciebus meis Plantarum incipiam edere breves descriptiones Insectorum et Conchiliorum Musei Ser[enissimae] Reginae M[ajestatis] L[udovicae] U[lricae].

Clerck nostro aeri incidit omnes Papiliones ex Museo Reginae numero stupendos, eosque vivis coloribus delineavit tam pulchre, ut audeam confiteri magis pulchrum numquam vidisse orbem; hujus unicum exemplar obtulit S[erenissimae] Reginae, sed fata adversa ita Eum suffocarunt, ut vix spes supersit, quod plura exemplaria prodeant, nisi aliquis egregius pictor ab eo emat icones et tabulas.

Devota mea officia dicas Illustr[issimo] Du Hamel, ad quem responsorias dudum dedissem, nisi expectassem quotidie missum librum.

Cum vix habeam in Horto plantam, quam Tuus non alat, non novi aliquam Tibi gratam. Inclusa tamen mitto semina Ethuliae conyzoides in terra praegnanti serenda, Mesembryanthemi pomeridiani cum capensibus commune requirens solum et Astragali chinensis sub dio alenda. Utinam scirem plures quas mittere possem!

Vive diu felix a me perpetuo colendus!

Dabam Upsaliae 1763 d[ie] 1 Martii.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus writes to express his surprise and gratitude at having become a member of the Académie royale des sciences, ParisAcadémie royale des sciences,
Paris,
French. The French
Académie des sciences was founded
in 1666 and became a royal academy in
1699. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. He thanks 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 Vaillant’s
successor. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for this, since he is convinced that Jussieu is the main agent behind this honourable appointment. He is the more surprised as he knows that somebody, who should have known better, had slandered him with Jussieu so that only God knows how correctly Linnaeus had acted towards Jussieu

Linnaeus has understood from a letter by 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
Linnaeus
[Alströmer to Linnaeus, 30 January 1763Letter L5388] that Jussieu is in good health.

Linnaeus has just finished the second edition of Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
and will go on to publish short descriptions of insects and shells in the Queen’s [Lovisa UlrikaLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] collections [Linnaeus refers to the forthcoming Museum s:ae m:tis Ludovicae Ulricae reginaeLinnaeus, Carl Museum s:ae
m:tis Ludovicae Ulricae reginae

(Stockholm 1764). Soulsby no. 1095a.
).

Linnaeus had prepared a coloured edition of the butterflies in that collection, with engravings and colouring by Carl Alexander ClerckClerck, Carl Alexander
(1709-1765). Swedish. Entomologist.
Assessor in Stockholm. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
. One copy had been ready and handed over to the Queen when the painter had got seriously ill. If the worst comes to the worst, there would be no more coloured copies of that publication.

Linnaeus sends his regards to Henri-Louis Duhamel Du Monceau Duhamel Du Monceau, Henri-Louis
(1700-1782). French. Wrote on botany
and agronomy. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, from whom he expects to receive a book.

Linnaeus sends seeds of some plants, although he suspects that Jussieu already has them, and adds some advice on the kind of soil best suitable for them. He wonders if he can send something else.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (ASP, Dossier biographique Linné). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Epistolæ Caroli a Linné ad Bernardum de Jussieu ineditæ (1854), p. 230-231   p.230  p.231.
2. Figures de savants (1938), vol. IV, p. 137 .