During the previous months Xaverio ManettiManetti, Xaverio (Saverio)
(1723-1785). Italian. Physician,
professor of botany at Florence.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. visited Naples and Rome together with Peder Peder AscaniusAscanius, Peder (1723-1803).
Danish. Naturalist. Inspector of mines,
Norway. Correspondent of Linnaeus. who is a Norwegian [Danish] and a former disciple of Linnaeus. When Ascanius returns to Sweden, he will bring Linnaeus the present letter together with a compendium of Linnaeus’s “Systema sexualis” and Philosophia botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Philosophia
botanica, in qua explicantur fundamenta
botanica cum definitionibus partium,
etc. (Stockholm 1751). Soulsby no.
437. that Manetti has made for those in Italy who love botany. He would like to publish it [Manetti published four books with almost identical titles in 1756, one of which was Regnum vegetabileLinnaeus, Carl & Xaverio
(Saverio) Manetti Regnum
vegetabile, iuxta Systema naturae in
classes, ordines et genera ab codem
constitutum e postremis auctis, &
emendatis [...] nec non e Philosophia
botanica eiusdem auctoris, vel ex
aliorum botanicorum nuperrimis operibus
circa vegetabilium partes desumptis
definitionibus & potiorum
vocabulorum praemissis explicationibus
locupletatum (Florence, 1756). ]. Manetti also takes the opportunity to send dried specimens. He mentions a branch of Filex with oak-apples, Linum latifolium montanum, Convolvolus argenteus altheae folio, Gramen barcionense that grows at the walls of Porta Capuana in Naples, Jacobaea annua senecionis folio, etc.
Manetti had written many times to Linnaeus and also sent him seeds. However, the distance is so great between them that letters and parcels cannot travel safely. Manetti has recently returned to Florence from a journey. Heated greenhouses have been built in the Botanical Garden of Florence. Unfortunately, much was then destroyed. All the boxes of plants and seeds were disrupted. Manetti has therefore hardly anything to send to his friends. Furthermore, the small delicate plants were damaged by a hailstorm in May.
Manetti would like to receive Linnaeus’s recent published works of which he hardly has any knowledge, for example, Flora Svecica 2nd ed.Linnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica
: exhibens plantas per regnum Sveciae
crescentes, systematice cum differentiis
specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus
incolarum, solo locorum, usu
pharmacopaeorum 2nd ed. (Stockholm
1755). Soulsby no. 409.
and Materia medica [unclear which publication Manetti means; it could be the Materia medicaLinnaeus, Carl Materia
Medica. Liber I. De plantis secundum:
genera, loca, nomina, qualitates, vires,
differentias, durationes, simplicia,
modos, usus, synonyma, culturas,
praeparata, potentias, composita,
digestus, &c. I-II (Stockholm
1749). Soulsby no. 968. , or the dissertation, Dissertatio de materia medicaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio de
materia medica, diss., resp. J.
Sidrén (Uppsala, 1750). Soulsby
no. 1605. , also published in Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
academicae, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280. , vol. 2, published in 1752]. In return Manetti can send other works. He hopes that peace will come to the Mediterranean. So much evil comes from the French and the English. He also hopes that peace comes to Germany that has suffered so much.
Manetti suggests that letters should be exchanged through his close friend, Ascanius, who will remain in Copenhagen.