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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5975 • Carl Linnaeus to Claude Richard, 23 June 1774 n.s.
Dated 1774 d. 23 junii.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Versailles (France). Written in Latin.

Viro Expertissimo,
D[omi]no Richard,
Praefecto Horti Regio Trianon,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linné.

Popularis meus Dan[iel] Lindblom, qui petat Galliam vestram, Tuo nomine a me petiit Semina Mororum et Rubi Rubi [sic] arctici. Nihil mihi gratius foret quam inservire Tuo desiderio. Sed etiam nunc difficultas et obstacula se sistunt.

Semina Mororum non habeo. Nostra semina omnia e Gallia vestra delata sunt, nec habent Hortulani hortulani [sic] alias arbores quam feminas, cujus semina subvertanea sunt.

Semina Tylba s[ive] Rubi non habeo, nec umquam seminibus propagata fuit, verum vivis radicibus. Radices s[ive] vivas hujus speciei plantas mitterem lubenter, quot quot optares, sed D[ominus] Lindblom jam petet Germaniam, et ibi haerebit dimidio vel integro anno, et plantulae perirent. Has radices misi ante aliquot annos bis per Legatos vestros Stockholmenses; utrum accessere vel non, neque intellexi.

Si detur occasio, quae directe petit Galliam, radices habebis, sed coli nequit, nisi hanc plantam locaveris in loco umbroso, ubi sol eam numquam urit. Locus sit humosus et roridus.

Nullam occasionem intermittam, si occurrat, et mittendi has radices et alias, quas novi Te habere, cum multa a Te et filio Tuo dignissimo habui, cumque noverem Te esse summum totius orbis Hortulanum

Dabam Upsaliae 1774 d[ie] 23 junii.

Viro Expertissimo
Domino Richard
Praefecto Horti Regii Trianensi
Versaliis

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Linnaeus’s pupil Gustaf LenbomLenbom, Gustaf (1740-1814).
Swedish. Veterinarian. Graduated from
the school of veterinary medicine at
Lyon. Remained in France for the rest of
his life.
, who is leaving for France, has asked for seeds of Morus and of Rubus arcticus on behalf of Claude RichardRichard, Claude (1705-1784).
French. Botanist. The king’s gardener at
the Trianon. Father of Antoine Richard.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Linnaeus would be pleased to comply but can not do so for various reasons.

Of Morus, all specimens he has have come from France, and they are only female trees that do not produce viable seeds.

Of Rubus, he has no seeds since that species is propagated by cuttings instead of seeds. Linnaeus has such small plants available, which Richard could get, but he can not send them with Lenbom since he is due to stay for a year in Germany before going to Paris, and during that time, the small plants would die.

On the other hand, Linnaeus sent such plants to Richard already some years previously [13 September 1767Letter L5973], through the French embassy in Stockholm. He had never been told if they arrived or not.

If he can find a direct transport, Linnaeus will send Richard some plants, and if so, Richard should plant them in a shady place where the sun can not burn the plants. The place should also be moist.

Linnaeus will try by all means to find that opportunity, and to send others that he knows Richard does not have, in remembrance of the services made by Richard and his son Antoine RichardRichard, Antoine (1735-1807).
French. Gardener at the Trianon. The son
of Claude Richard.
and from gratitude to Richard, the best gardener on earth.

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