Carl Linnaeus to Claude Richard,
19 July 1771 n.s.
L5974. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Claude RichardClaude Richard (1705-1784). French.
On July 16, 1771, Linnaeus had received material from Claude Richard’sRichard, Claude (1705-1784).
The small box contained live roots, wrapped in moss. The larger box contained live plants, which, however, had been so long in transport that only four small bulbs were still alive. All the others were completely destroyed.
Linnaeus had been enormously flattered by having received such a gift from the greatest court of Europe, so he was immensely disappointed at the negligence in packing and transport.
Linnaeus asks with some emphasis to be informed when the boxes were sent, who was responsible and which plants were meant to be included in the sending. As long as he lives, he will remember the disappointment over this, as he knew that they must have been very precious plants indeed.
However, Linnaeus has in his garden many rare plants flowering in honour of the French king [Louis XVLouis XV, (1710-1774).
1. Correspondence inédite de Linné avec Claude Richard et Antoine Richard (1863), p. 36-37 .