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Link: • Jacques-Christophe Valmont de Bomare to Carl Linnaeus, 10 May 1764 n.s.
Dated le 10e mai. 1764. Sent from Paris (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in French.


For a long time, Jacques Christophe Valmont de BomareValmont de Bomare, Jacques-Christophe
(1731-1807). French.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has looked for a convenient opportunity to express his sentiments of appreciation and respect to Linnaeus, both the person and his work. Bernard 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.
, one of Valmont de Bomare’s teachers, has convinced him that Linnaeus would never take offence if Valmont de Bomare asked to be allowed to correspond with him, as a scholar and Nature’s Maecenas, but he has always felt too shy to try. Baron OxenstiernaOxenstierna, Swedish. has promised to act as an intermediary in order to gain Linnaeus’s friendship and the possibility of writing to him. When someone wrote to the famous Herman Boerhaave Boerhaave, Herman (1668-1738).
Dutch. Professor of medicine, botany and
chemistry at Leiden. One of the most
influential professors of medicine of
the eighteenth century. Linnaeus visited
him during his stay in Holland.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
from China, he could address the letter to Boerhaave, “medecin en Europe” [physician in Europe], and the letter arrived. If Valmont de Bomare had addressed his letter “au naturaliste du Nord” [to the naturalist in the North] it would have certainly reached Linnaeus, but Valmont de Bomare fears that Linnaeus would have found it indiscrete.

Valmont de Bomare tells Linnaeus his name and that has been demonstrator of natural history in Paris for nine years. He does not think that he is known abroad. He has travelled much but thinks that he is known only in the places that he has visited. He would have liked his government to have sent him to Sweden. Meeting Linnaeus would have been the climax of such a journey. Valmont de Bomare still hopes that it will be realized some time.

Since his long courses require much time he has not been able to publish many larger works. Two years ago he published a mineralogy in two volumes in octavo [Valmont de Bomare refers to his Mineralogie, ou nouvelle exposition du regne minéralValmont de Bomare, Jacques-Christophe
Mineralogie, ou nouvelle
exposition du regne minéral.
Ouvrage dans lequel on a tâche de
ranger dans l'ordre le plus naturel les
individus de ce regne, & où
l'on expose leurs
propriétés & usages
méchaniques; avec un dictionnaire
nomenclateur. Et des tables
2 vols. (Paris,
and this year a general dictionary on natural nistory in five volumes in octavo [Valmont de Bomare refers to Dictionnaire raisonné universel d’histoire naturelleValmont de Bomare, Jacques-Christophe
Dictionnaire raisonné
universel d'histoire naturelle,
contenant l'histoire des animaux, des
végétaux et des
minéraux, et celle des corps
célestes, des
météores et autres
principaux phénomènes de
la nature, avec l'histoire et la
description des drogues simples
tirées des trois règnes et
le détail de leurs usages dans la
médecine, dans l'économie
domestique et champêtre et dans
les arts et métiers
, 5 vols.
(Paris, 1764).
]. His works would have been even smaller if he had not had the opportunity to consult Linnaeus’s works. He hopes to be able to write something for the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
], just to be able to establish friendly contact with Linnaeus.


a. original holograph (LS, II, 110-111). [1] [2] [3]