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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2718 • Carl Linnaeus to Xaverio (Saverio) Manetti, 8 April 1760 n.s.
Dated 1760. d. 8. Aprilis.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Firenze (Italia). Written in Latin.

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Linnaeus thanks Xaverio ManettiManetti, Xaverio (Saverio)
(1723-1785). Italian. Physician,
professor of botany at Florence.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for his letter of 26 August 1757 Letter L2222, which had arrived at Linnaeus’s address just a week earlier. It had been more than two years in the post. At the same time, he had received a copy of Manetti’s 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).
, which he praises as a useful basic work for botanists. Manetti had honoured Linnaeus so much in that work that Linnaeus does not know how he could respond to it properly.

Linnaeus is not sure that Manetti will ever receive this letter, since such long time has passed since Manetti wrote. Linnaeus would be glad to hear from Manetti so that he could know if the mail works as it should. Linnaeus gives the address of the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala,
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
] as the best address for mail to him.

Manetti had also sent several dried plant specimens, which Linnaeus lists. However, he cannot identify the one that should be Filix galas ferens, as Manetti names it, since the specimen was not complete. Linnaeus suspects that the gallae are not part of the plant but the result of some insect.

Linnaeus thanks Manetti for these plants and congratulates Italy on all the nice plant species growing wild found there, species whose names are not even known in the northern countries.

Linnaeus has longed to see a flora of Italy, better than the one of Liberato SabbatiSabbati, Liberato (c.
1714-17?). Italian. Italian botanist
and surgeon, curator of the Botanical
Garden in Rome.
[Linnaeus refers to the Synopsis plantarumSabbati, Liberato Synopsis
plantarum, quae in solo Romano
luxuriantur; cum figuris aeneis

(Ferrara, 1745).
], but he does not think he will ever see one. There, botanists could see which plants growing in Sweden are also found in Italy, and which ones are not found in those southern areas.

Linnaeus mentions some plants, Drypis, Valisneria and Valisneroides, which he has never managed to acquire. He asks Manetti to help him to find specimens, although his herbarium is already the largest in the world.

Linnaeus would be glad to send him publications, if Manetti could tell him how. Linnaeus lists several works that he could offer.

Linnaeus tells Manetti where five of his pupils are, Roland MartinMartin, Roland (1726-1788).
Swedish. Physician and surgeon,
professor of anatomy and surgery at the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm.
, Claes AlströmerAlströmer, Clas
(1736-1794). Swedish. Baron,
industrialist. Sent plants and specimens
to Linnaeus from his travels abroad.
Bought Linnaeus’s “little herbarium”,
now in the Natural History Museum in
Stockholm. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of August, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
Linnaeus
, Fredrik LogieLogie, Fredrik (1739-1785).
Swedish. Studied under Linnaeus in
Uppsala. Army officer. Forwarded to
Linnaeus the natural history specimens
sent by his brother Alexander from
Algier. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, David PontinPontin, David (1733-1809).
Swedish. Clergyman and naturalist.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Chaplain to the Swedish East
India Company. Dean of Häggestad
and Oppeby. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and ForsströmForsström, Swedish. .

Linnaeus has received all Patrick Browne’sBrowne, Patrick (1720-1790).
Irish. Botanist who made six voyages to
the West Indies. In 1756 he published
The Civil and natural history of
Jamaica
(1756). Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
American plants. Nicolaus Joseph, baron von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
has discovered several new ones. Linnaeus is sorry that François Boissier de la Croix de SauvagesSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
(1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, whom doctors of the whole world regard as a pioneer, has met with difficulties at home and lacks a livelihood.

Linnaeus wonders if somebody could collect insects for him in Italy. He has received collections from every other country in Europe.

The letter ends with a list of the dissertations published by Linnaeus, with the exception of those found in Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
academicae
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
, vol. 1-3.