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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Claude Richard, 19 July 1771 n.s.
Dated 1771, Julii 19.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Versailles (France). Written in Latin.


On July 16, 1771, Linnaeus had received material from Claude Richard’sRichard, Claude (1705-1784).
French. Botanist. The king’s gardener at
the Trianon. Father of Antoine Richard.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
garden, one small box and one larger.

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).
French. Reigned 1715-1774.
], their donor, as well as indigenous Swedish plants in honour of the Creator.


a. original holograph (Bibliothèque municipale, Versailles). [1] [2] [3]