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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5973 • Carl Linnaeus to Claude Richard, 13 September 1767 n.s.
Dated 1767 d. 13 September.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Versailles (France). Written in Latin.

Experientissimo D[omi]no RICHARDO
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] a Linné.

Nuper literas habui a populari meo D[omino] Hernquist, qui refert, quam affable eum excepisti, quomodo obambulans in Tuo horto vidit Thesauros tuos rariorum plantarum &c. Optassem nihil magis, quam ut simul licuisset adfuisse et vidisse, quae ipsi concessere fata et Tua amicitia ac liberalitas. Profecto, si Jupiter mihi referret annos, nil magis in votis haberem quam Te adire et a Te in horticultura instrui, in qua arte mortales omnes superasti.

Cum redeat D[ominus] Hernquist, quaeso, des ipsi aliquot plantas siccas pro me, ut habeam aliquid, quo reficiam ingravescentem senectutem, qui in remotissimo gelidissimoque angulo mundi abjectus sum, ubi nullae plantae rariores visuntur, nisi quas amici interdum mittunt.

Misi per Legati vestri vicarium Rubum Chamaemorum et Arcticum inhaerentem radicibus Ledi. Fac sciam, num hae plantae ad Te vivae accessere. Ego ipse non possum in horto colere Chamaemorum aut Linnaeam, licet ubique apud nos in sylvis degant.

Egregia ea semina, quae optimus filius Tuus legit in Majorca, mihi varias pulchras dedere plantas. Oro, des aliquot rariores cum D[omino] Hernquist.

Optarem scire, quomodo colas Theam, quam e novellis intellexi vobis allatam fuisse.

Ter vale et me ama, prout ego Te colam!

Dabam Upsaliae 1767 d[ie] Septembr[is].

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has heard from his pupil Peter HernquistHernquist, Peter (1726-1808).
Swedish. Veterinarian. Studied at
Uppsala under Linnaeus, at Greifswald,
Lyon and Paris. He established Sweden’s
first school of veterinary medicine at
Skara. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
who had told him [12 June 1766Letter L3767] how well Claude RichardRichard, Claude (1705-1784).
French. Botanist. The king’s gardener at
the Trianon. Father of Antoine Richard.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had received him in the Trianon garden. Linnaeus wishes he could have been with them.

Linnaeus asks Richard to give Hernquist some dried specimens to take home to Linnaeus, who wants them to compensate for the difficulties brought on by old age and the cold climate in the North. No rare plants are seen there except such sent by friends.

Through the French embassy, Linnaeus has sent Richard Rubus çhamaemorus and Rubus arcticus hanging on the roots of Ledum. He wants to know if they were still alive upon their arrival to Richard. Linnaeus can not grow them himself in a garden, although they are common in the forests.

The seeds collected by Antoine RichardRichard, Antoine (1735-1807).
French. Gardener at the Trianon. The son
of Claude Richard.
in Majorca have given many nice flowers. Linnaeus asks Richard to send some rare ones with Hernquist.

Linnaeus wants to know how Richard cares for the Thea, now that he has learnt that Richard has one.

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a. original holograph (Bibliothèque municipale, Versailles). [1] [2]