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Link: • Domenico Vandelli to Carl Linnaeus, 15 March 1759 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Bologna (Italia) to (). Written in Latin.


Domenico VandelliVandelli, Domenico (1735-1816).
Italian. Physician and botanist. Left
for Portugal in 1764, where he was a
professor at the university of Coimbra.
He was the founder of Ajuda botanical
garden in Lisboa and of the Coimbra
botanical garden, where he was also the
first director (1773-1791).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
expresses his thanks for the letter of 3 February 1759Letter L2506 and is very flattered to have received a letter from Linnaeus, who is the leading scholar of his time. Vandelli is very pleased that Linnaeus has liked his treatment of Uva marina and the others.

Vandelli has read much of what Linnaeus has published, and he has learnt much from that. He appreciates Linnaeusís acumen. He wants to read more, but the supply of new literature is very slow and uncertain to countries south of the Alps.

Vandelli comments briefly on the issue where he had commented on René-Antoine Ferchault de RéaumurRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
(1683-1757). French.
Physicist and naturalist. His works
cover geometry, technology, mineralogy,
ornithology. His collections of natural
history objects, mineralogy etc. were
given to the Académie des
sciences after his death. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.

Vandelli outlines his immediate plans: He is in Bologna, but will go to Etruria and the mountains around Modena, and then in August to Padua, from where he will send Linnaeus the specimens he has asked for together with a work on the Paduan hot springs [Vandelli refers to the Tractatus de thermis Agri-PataviniVandelli, Domenico Tractatus
de thermis Agri-Patavini. Accessit
bibliotheca hydrographica, &
apologia contra cel: Hallerum

(Padua, 1760).

Vandelli reports on a petrified tree, which he had come across in a place about eight miles from Bologna. The trunk is seven and a half feet long and eight inches in diameter. Branches and cortex are visible to a large extent. Vandelli thinks that the trunk had decayed, after which sand had filled the space and been transformed into sandstone.

Vandelli has nothing more to include in this letter, so he repeats his high esteem of Linnaeus.


a. (LS, XVI, 32-33). [1] [2] [3]