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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Antoine Gouan, 1766 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Montpellier (France). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus complains to Antoine GouanGouan, Antoine (1733-1821).
French. Botanist, Montpellier. Student
under Sauvages. Director of the
botanical garden in 1767, later
professor of botany and medicine.
Although an admirer of Linnaeus he tried
to develop a hybrid of his system of
classification. Correspondent of
that it is very difficult to determine plants that one has never seen from mere illustrations. He identifies the following plants, though:

101. Hedysarum

135. Perhaps Atriplex littoralis

110. Hieracium alpinum

114,124. Crepis pulchra

113,120. Leontodon hispidum or hirtum

108. Perhaps Hypochaeris radicata

111. Perhaps Crepis biennis

115. Perhaps Crepis dioscoridis

125. Hieracium chondrilloides

119. Andryala lanata

83. Perhaps Doronicum plantagineum

118. Perhaps Crepis annua

126. Hypochaeris glabra; it might be Ceratocarpus

Linnaeus has received a bipedal animal from America [sent by Alexander GardenGarden, Alexander (1730-1791).
British/American. Doctor of medicine,
South Carolina. Correspondent of
18 May 1765Letter L3591; Linnaeus confirms to Garden that he has recieved the animal on 27 November 1765Letter L3682]. It sings like a bird. Perhaps it is a species of Siren [Linnaeus published a thesis on the animal the same year, see Siren lacertina dissertatione academicaLinnaeus, Carl Siren
Lacertina dissertatio academica
diss., resp. A. Österdam (Uppsala,
1766). Soulsby no. 2335.

Linnaeus has received dried leaves of Sarracenia.


a. original holograph (BL, Additional Ms 22935, 212). [1] [2]