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Link: • 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.


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.


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