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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0924 • Joseph von Rathgeb to Carl Linnaeus, 31 July 1748 n.s.
Dated 31 Julii 1748. Sent from Venezia (Italia) to (). Written in Latin.

Viro Nobilissimo Doctissimoque
Carolo Linnaeo,
Archiatro P[erillustri] Reg[is] Sv[eciae], Med[icinae] et Bot[anices] Prof[essori] Ups[aliensi],
S[alutem] P[lurimam] D[icit]
Joseph, Nobilis a Rathgeb Eques.

Exsolvo fidem meam. Mitto tibi, Vir celeberrime doctissimeque, cum hac epistola coniunctos Culices ficarios, quales ipse ab amico accepi. Num sint illi ipsi, quos gigni in ficu asseritur, [a][a] : MS1 <[illegible]> ego
... audeo [added above the line by
Rathgeb
]
ego nondum affirmare audeo[a][a] : MS1 <[illegible]> ego
... audeo [added above the line by
Rathgeb
]
. Nam sine fructu misit. [b][b] : MS1 [added in the postscript by
Rathgeb before
Vale tertium]
Vereor, ne hi Culices sint bestiolarum illud genus, quod ulmi folliculis innascitur, uti CaesalpinusCesalpino, Andrea (1519-1603).
Italian. Botanist, professor of medicine
and botany in Pisa and Rome and
physician of Clement VIII. Best known
for his De plantis libri xvi
(1583).
scribit, quodque ficarios culices devorat. Saepe etenim accidit, ut ad tuendam pertinaciter sententiam similibus mediis utamur. Tu haec melius examinabis atque egomet alio tempore certiora hac de re pronunciare potero.[b][b] : MS1 [added in the postscript by
Rathgeb before
Vale tertium]
Alio tempore certiora super hoc argumento scribere potero. Nam expecto adhuc ficus cum illis ipsis culicibus. Quum aliud, quod ad te scribam in praesentiarum, non habeam, recordandum superest me tibi d[e] d[iebus] 27 Martii,[1] 24 Maii[2] et 26 Junii[3] scripsisse. Responsiones tuas desidero. Spero enim has litteras meas quaeque cum iisdem misi, libros nempe, Cicindelas, ita etiam Mappas geographicas, interea tibi recte pervenisse. Qua de re, quaeso, me facias certiorem, tibique persuasum habeas nihil jucundius evenire mihi posse eruditissimarum tuarum litterarum adventu. Has desidero frequenter, quantum negotia tua et studia permittunt. Si quid a me prestari in tui commodum potest, libere jube! Vale ornamentum Scientiae botanicae et me amare perge! Iterum vale!

Venetiis 31 Julii 1748.

[c][c] : [added by Rathgeb] Tibi nominique Tuo
Addictissimus devotissimusque
Rathgeb[c][c] : [added by Rathgeb]

upSUMMARY

Together with this letter Joseph von Rathgeb sends Linnaeus specimens of Culices ficarii. However, he is not sure whether they are the ones that hatch in figs. Rathgeb fears that they might be the little beasts that hatch on the follicles of the elm-tree, as Andrea Cesalpino states, and that these eat the Culices ficarii.

Rathgeb reminds Linnaeus that he had written three previous letters to him on 27 March 1748 n.s., 24 May 1748 n.s. and 26 June 1748 n.s., but has received no reply. Together with the letters he sent books, Cicindelae and maps.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original (LS, XII, 123-124). [1] [2] [3]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
MS1 <[illegible]> ego ... audeo [added above the line by Rathgeb]
b.
MS1 [added in the postscript by Rathgeb before Vale tertium]
c.
[added by Rathgeb]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
See Rathgeb to Linnaeus, 27 March 1748 n.s.Letter L0884.
2.
See Rathgeb to Linnaeus, 24 May 1748 n.s.Letter L0905.
3.
See Rathgeb to Linnaeus, 26 June 1748 n.s.Letter L09814.