José OrtegaOrtega, José (?-1761).
Spanish. Military pharmacist of the
Spanish army. Secretary of the Academy
of Medicine of Madrid. Correspondent of
Linnaeus. is grateful for a letter from Linnaeus [this letter has not come down to us]; it was full of friendliness.
Ortega will continue to venerate Pehr LöflingLöfling, Pehr (1729-1756).
Swedish. Botanist and explorer. Studied
under Linnaeus. Went to Spain in 1751
and took part in the Spanish expedition
to Venezuela in 1754, where he died.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. because of Linnaeusís recommendation and Löflingís fine character and learning. Ortega would already like him to be gone to Caracas and from there to Peru together with two physicians and two painters to observe, collect and depict everything that is rare, curious and useful. This would be very useful especially since the Spanish King [Ferdinand VIFerdinand VI, (1713-1759).
Spanish. King of Spain. Reigned from
1746 to 1759. ] has decided to adorn the Botanical Garden of Madrid, a project that José Quer y MartinezQuer y Martinez, José
(1695-1764). Spanish. Professor of
Botany, Madrid. , Juan MinuartMinuart, Juan (1693-1768).
Spanish. Botanist and pharmacist. and Ortega are involved in.
Christobal VelezVelez, Christobal (?-1753).
Spanish. Pharmacist, Madrid.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. is a very laudable man. However, he has not written a flora of Madrid. After his death there was just a small collection of plants that Velezís wife now has in her possession. It is not fit for publication. However, Quer y Martinez has travelled through almost the whole of Spain and is able to compose a more ample flora.
Ortega is very grateful for Ortega hispanica. Ortega promises to see to it that Löfling receives Linnaeusís letters.
Quer y Martinez and Minuart send their regards.