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Link: • Henri-Louis Duhamel Du Monceau to Carl Linnaeus, 12 March 1768 n.s.
Dated 12 Mars 1768.. Sent from Paris (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in French.


Henri-Louis Duhamel du MonceauDuhamel Du Monceau, Henri-Louis
(1700-1782). French. Wrote on botany
and agronomy. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has at last collected the missing pages from the Memoires de líAcademie [Duhamel refers to Histoire de líAcadémie Royale des Sciences année [...] : avec les Mémoires de Mathématique & de Physique, pour la même année [...]Académie royale des sciences,
Histoire de
l'Académie Royale des Sciences
année [...] : avec les
Mémoires de Mathématique
& de Physique, pour la même
année [...] : tirés des
registres de cette Académie

] and has given them to Friedrich Charles de BaërBaër, Friedrich Charles de
(1719-1797). French. Vicar at the
Swedish embassy in Paris. Professor of
theology, Strasbourg. Member of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,
Stockholm. Intermediary for Swedish
science in France. Correspondent of
who will forward them to Linnaeus.

Duhamel is grateful for Linnaeusís last letter [this letter has not come down to us] with the enclosed seeds, in particular the Pyrus Sibirica that he supposes to be a tree. It does not, however, resemble the French pear pips, but he has not had time to investigate the matter in Linnaeusís books. The Morina bears fruit almost every year. Duhamel supposes that if it has not been for him this beautiful plant would not exist in Europe. That is why he also sends seeds to botanists outside France. The seed that Linnaeus has received is from this year but it will probably need two years to germinate.

It would please Duhamel very much if Linnaeus could send a leaf of his tea plant. In China there are several species. Duhamel has received one with leaves resembling those of the elm. Duhamel also wants to know if Linnaeusís tea thrives in his garden.


a. original holograph (LS, III, 362-363). [1] [2] [3]