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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3552 • Claude Richard to Carl Linnaeus, 24 March 1765 n.s.
Dated 24e mar 1765. Sent from Versailles (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Celeberrimo Nobilissimoque
D[omino] D[octori] Carolo von Linné,
Equ[iti] aur[eato],
de Stella Pol[ari] archiatro Regio,
Med[icinae] et Botanicae Prof[essori],
Acad[emiae] Reg[iae] Paris[iorum] &c., &c.

Quas nuper ad me scripsisti litteras una cum inclusis seminibus accepi pro tanto beneficio; devotissimas persolvo gratas, quamvis radices, Tournefortiae foetidissimae, Tragiae scandentis, Spigeliae anthelmiae, Neuradae, Hermanniae lavandulae folia, Geranii cuculati, hic plerique vigeant, tamen statim ad te mittere non possum.

Si multas inter alpinas plantas semina desiderabam, expostulavi ea tantum ratione ductus; feci ob similitudinem vestri soli, quod frigidissimum has plantas facile tibi subministrare potest; quarta species Rhei in horto Regio viget.

Saxifragam vero crassifoliam cum musco sicco per tabellarium ad me mittere poteris.

Semina Zizaniae, quae habes, sunt recentia; si in aquam lentam ea demergas et sint quatuor polluces aquae, certo certius germinabit. Nam hic sic quot annis se se propagat.

Gaudeo valde, quod fragaria viva ad te pervenerit et tibi grata Balearica semina fuerint. Ideo alia jam jam adjuncta ad tuum catalogum selecta accipias.

Ut autem gazas nostras noscas, et ut vestrae nobis notae sint annotandae sunt in libro tuo specierum quae possides et deinde transmittere hunc librum signatum punctis, et postea in eodem quem remittam, quae vigent in horto punctis rubris vel alio signo videbis hoc libro ad tu manus reduci.

Servet te Deus ter optimus
et me tibi devotissimum credas

C[laudius] Richard

24 Mar[tis] 1765.

upSUMMARY

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
plantarum
(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.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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