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Link: • Claude Richard to Carl Linnaeus, 24 March 1765 n.s.
Dated 24e mar 1765. Sent from Versailles (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Claude RichardRichard, Claude (1705-1784).
French. Botanist. The king’s gardener at
the Trianon. Father of Antoine Richard.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for a recent letter [23 December 1764 Letter L3513] with enclosed seeds. He regrets that he can not send specimens of six species, among them Tournefortia foetidissima, Tragia scandens and Spigelia anthelmia, to Linnaeus at once, although they grow in his garden.

Richard explains that his reason for asking Linnaeus for Alpine plants was that he understood that the climate in Sweden was about as cold as the climate in the Alps, so that Linnaeus would not have difficulties to grow them here.

Richard tells Linnaeus that it is quite possible to send him a live root specimen of Saxifraga crassifolia if it is wrapped in dry moss.

Richard gives Linnaeus the advice to place the seeds of Zizania in four inches of water before planting them. The seeds are new, and Richard uses that treatment with good results each year.

Richard is glad that Linnaeus had received the previous sending with the Fragaria and the Balearic seeds in good order and that they had pleased Linnaeus. He promises that he will send others according to the list received.

In order that they both know better what is to be found in their gardens, Richard suggests that Linnaeus should use a copy of Species plantarum [Richard refers presumably to the second edition, Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
] and mark what he had, after which the book should be sent to Paris. When Richard also had marked his holdings, but with another sign, Linnaeus would get the book in return.


a. original holograph (LS, XII, 193-194). [1] [2] [3]