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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Henri-Louis Duhamel Du Monceau, September-October 1765 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Paris (France). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus is sending Henri-Louis Duhamel du MonceauDuhamel Du Monceau, Henri-Louis
(1700-1782). French. Wrote on botany
and agronomy. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
two ripe berries with seeds in them, obtained from a tree that Linnaeus in Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
p. 684, has given the name Sorbus hybrida. This tree is not found in any botanical garden except Linnaeusís own, and it grows in three places in Sweden. It is easy to grow it from seeds, and Duhamel should sow the seeds at once outdoors after taking them out of the berries. In other case, it is rare that they grow and germinate during the first year. Taken out of the berries, the seeds will germinate the following May. In this tree, Duhamel will see a remarkable mixture of Sorbus aucuparia and Crataegus Aria. The berries of the former are very acid, those of the latter farinaceous and sweetish, while the nature of this third kind is such that you cannot say which taste is the nearest.

The leaves look like those of the Aria, being downy on the underside. But the leaves of the Aria are serrated, those of this one pinnate but not quite like the Sorbus aucuparia, as the topmost pinnae hang together.

Linnaeus would be glad if Duhamel could be the first in France to have this tree, really new and not created before this age, and if through him, all botanical gardens in France could grow this tree, which is not despicable due to the taste of the fruit.


a. original holograph (UUB, G152a). [1] [2] [3]