This day Linnaeus received Jacques Christophe Valmont de Bomare’s letter dated 10 May of last year [Valmont de Bomare to Linnaeus, 10 May 1764Letter L3408]. The letter had thus been travelling for a year. From it Linnaeus can see Valmont de Bomare’s favour and friendship and he considers himself unworthy of such favour.
Linnaeus has for a long time wished to have some friend in Paris who could report news concerning their common science. He considers that they live in a paradise there as they were the first to receive the rare plants that can be seen in European gardens today. Linnaeus has seen an amazing collection of new birds from the Musée Réaumur [Linnaeus means the collection of René-Antoine Ferchault de RéaumurRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de (1683-1757). French.
Physicist and naturalist. His works
cover geometry, technology, mineralogy,
ornithology. His collections of natural
history objects, mineralogy etc. were
given to the Académie des
sciences after his death. Correspondent
] described by Mathurin Jacques BrissonBrisson, Mathurin Jacques
(1723-1806). French. Physicist and
geologist, professor in Paris. [Linnaeus refers to Brisson’s OrnithologiaBrisson, Mathurin Jacques
Ornithologia, sive synopsis methodica
sistens avium divisionem in ordines,
sectiones, genera, species, ipsarumque
varietates, etc. (Ornithologie, ou
Méthode contenant la division des
oiseaux en ordres, etc.) 6 vol. (
Paris 1760). ]. He has also seen that a large number of European insects were exhibited by Geoffrois [Etienne Louis GeoffroyGeoffroy, Etienne Louis
(1725-1810). French. Physician and
zoologist. ; Linnaeus presumably refers to Histoire abregée des insectesGeoffroy, Etienne François
Histoire abregée des
insectes qui se trouvent aux environs de
Paris (Paris, 1762). ]. The French museums contain so many Conchlia, Pisces and Amphibia. The Paris Garden [the Jardin du Roi [Jardin des plantes, ParisJardin des plantes, Paris,
French. The Jardin des plantes was
founded in 1597 to produce flower models
for the manufacturing of tapestry in
Paris. In 1626 it became a garden for
medical and pharmaceutical plants. In
1739 it was again transformed to le
Jardin du roi, where also a natural
history museum was built. Later in the
eigteenth century a zoological garden
and a library were added. ] excels in plants over all others in Europe. The French live in a most happy clime while Linnaeus lives in a frosty region. For more than a month either the frost or the heat are unbroken, and throughout December and January, and often February, there is hardly a day when light reaches the plants. The books written by Frenchmen on Natural History reach Sweden but seldomly so that Linnaeus has not been able to read or see Valmont de Bomare’s works.
Linnaeus asks Valmont de Bomare to speak of his devotion to all of Valmont de Bomare’s countrymen who love virtue and the Science of Nature.
If Valmont de Bomare writes back Linnaeus asks him to send the letters under the address to the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala, Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728. ], so that they will come more quickly into his hands.