Carl Linnaeus to Claude Richard,
24 September 1765 n.s.
L5972. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Claude RichardClaude Richard (1705-1784). French.
Linnaeus thanks Claude RichardRichard, Claude (1705-1784).
Linnaeus had delayed his answer in order to be able to enclose a specimen of Saxifraga crassifolia, which could not be taken during its active period.
Linnaeus had been very pleased to receive seeds of Zizania among the others from Richard, but unfortunately, and although he had followed Richard’s advice very carefully, they had not germinated. Linnaeus asks Richard to send new seeds for the next year and to specify the kind of soil they should have and also if it is an annual or perennial plant.
Linnaeus tells Richard that he has tried to obtain Tournefortia foetidissima, Tragia scandens and Spigelia anthelmia from many friends, so he is pleased that Richard may supply them if they produce seeds.
Most of the species sent as seeds by Richard have germinated, and Linnaeus expects their flowers very soon.
Rheum compactum has been stolen and Linnaeus has not managed to get a replacement from Philip MillerMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
Rheum palmatum, which grows well, is in fact the medical plant Rhabarborum officinarum.
Linnaeus asks Richard, who is a very experienced gardener, for advice on how to care for the Chinese shrubs so that they flower. They get on well in the greenhouse during winter but not more. That is especially the case with the Thea, which Linnaeus does not dare to have outdoors during winter although air and sky is better there. He has just one specimen, and if he sets small cuttings in the ground for propagation, they do not develop roots.
Linnaeus explains that if Richard uses the address of the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Linnaeus encloses roots of Fragaria pratensis for Antoine Nicolas DuchesneDuchesne, Antoine Nicolas
Commelina crystata that Linnaeus had received from Richard is a beautiful plant that flowers in Linnaeus’s window.
If Richard does not have Forskohlea, Linnaeus can send seeds, but at the same time he asks for seeds of Sanguinaria.
1. Correspondence inédite de Linné avec Claude Richard et Antoine Richard (1863), p. 33-35 .