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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Antoine Richard, 16 February 1770 n.s.
Dated 1770, d. 16 februar.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Versailles (France). Written in Latin.


In this letter to Antoine RichardRichard, Antoine (1735-1807).
French. Gardener at the Trianon. The son
of Claude Richard.
, Linnaeus mentions that Peter HernquistHernquist, Peter (1726-1808).
Swedish. Veterinarian. Studied at
Uppsala under Linnaeus, at Greifswald,
Lyon and Paris. He established Sweden’s
first school of veterinary medicine at
Skara. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has forwarded Richard’s manuscript to the “Flora Balearica”Richard, Antoine “Flora
Balearica” (Ms. BNF, NAF 22738)
to him and that he has read it very carefully. Linnaeus praises it very much and urges Richard to have it printed as soon as possible [the manuscript was not published]. Linnaeus had spent one night reading it, without being able to sleep, and he congratulates the inhabitants of the islands on their rich flora.

Linnaeus owes more to Richard and to his father, Claude RichardRichard, Claude (1705-1784).
French. Botanist. The king’s gardener at
the Trianon. Father of Antoine Richard.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, than to anybody else, since he had received so many seeds the year before. Several have germinated, but the majority has not.

Linnaeus asks for dried specimens of Hypocistis and Dalechampia.

Linnaeus has got flowering specimens of Calceolaria and Zizania, and that has pleased him immensely. He cannot see them without remembering the help received from Richard’s father. However, at the same time, he had received seeds of Trapaeolus peregrinus, but they have not germinated.

Linnaeus is sorry that there are no longer seeds of Ortega fewilla in any garden in Europe. He has asked for them everywhere.

Linnaeus remarks that the only return address is Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
], since Linnaeus opens all incoming mail to the society.

The letter concludes with a greeting to Claude Richard and a hope that Antoine will remember him; the material that Linnaeus once had received from Antoine had given good specimens of rare species.


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