Carl Linnaeus to Claude Richard,
23 June 1774 n.s.
L5975. Carl LinnaeusCarl Linnaeus (1707-1778). Swedish.
to Claude RichardClaude Richard (1705-1784). French.
Linnaeus’s pupil Gustaf LenbomLenbom, Gustaf (1740-1814).
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).
1. Correspondence inédite de Linné avec Claude Richard et Antoine Richard (1863), p. 38-39 .