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Link: • Casimiro Gomez de Ortega to Carl Linnaeus, 24 December 1760 n.s.
Dated d. 24. Decembr. 1760.. Sent from Bologna (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Casimiro Gomez de OrtegaOrtega, Casimiro Gomez de
(1740-1818). Spanish. Professor of
botany, Madrid. Correspondent of
was happy to receive a letter from Linnaeus [this letter has not come down to us]. It was a fine letter. Ortega is sorry that there is such a vast distance between him and Linnaeus which makes it difficult to send letters.

Clas 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
is expected. When he has arrived in Madrid, he will learn how highly a recommendation from Linnaeus is valued. He hopes that Alströmer will bring with him some copies of Pehr Löfling’sLöfling, 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.
work [Ortega refers most presumably to Iter Hispanicum, eller resa til spanska länderna uti Europa och AmericaLöfling, Pehr Iter
Hispanicum, eller resa til spanska
länderna uti Europa och America

(Stockholm 1758).
]. Both Spanish botanists and foreign ones await Löfling’s work, because all Linnaeus’s disciples promise works of the utmost quality.

As regards Pietro Antonio Micheli’sMicheli, Pietro Antonio
(1679-1737). Italian. Botanist, curator
of the botanical garden of Florence.
Before Linnaeus the leading authority on
Drypis, Ortega has never seen it. He has therefore asked a botanist in Florence to send him seeds of this herb. If Ortega receives them, they will be forwarded to Linnaeus. Though Micheli is tireless in his diligence, Ortega suspects that those who have sent this herb to Linnaeus do not realize how badly Micheli has delineated it. Linnaeus can see for himself, when he receives seeds from the true plant.

Ortega has nothing to tell Linnaeus except that his beloved teacher, Giuseppe MontiMonti, Guiseppe (1682-1760).
Italian. Professor at Bologna.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, has died. His son, Gaetano Lorenzo MontiMonti, Gaëtano Lorenzo
(1712-1797). Italian. Son of Guiseppe
, will succeed him. Ferdinando BassiBassi, Ferdinando
(c.1710-1774). Italian. Director of the
botanical garden of Bologna.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is now the curator of the Botanical Garden of Bologna.

Especially the young botanists in Bologna admire Linnaeus. The old, however, as is to be expected, reject him. A few days ago a book was published in Padua [by Pietro ArduinoArduino, Pietro (1728-1805).
Italian. Professor of economy, Padua.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], entitled Animadversionum botanicarum specimenArduino, Pietro
Animadversionum botanicarum
(Padua, 1759).
. Linnaeus’s method and nomenclature are used. Ortega will try to send Linnaeus the work.

Ortega congratulates Linnaeus on his sexual system, since the professors of Padua, where Giulio PontederaPontedera, Giulio (1688-1757).
Italian. Director of the botanical
garden and professor of botany at Padua.
He rejected Linnaeus’s system. Linnaeus
named a family of Narcissoides,
Pontederia, after him.
once wrote a big book against the sexual system, now realize the truth of it.

Ortega sends Linnaeus seeds of some plants, which he has not been able to find in Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
. He entreats Linnaeus to write to him and to inform him about the works that he has recently published.

P.S. There is a list of the seeds that Ortega sends: 1. Eryngium 2. Cucumis flexuosus 3. Galium album 4. Scabiosa maritima 5. Colocynthis 6. Solanum pomiferum 7. Solanum africanum 8. Acacia non spinosa 9. Acacia americana 10. A species of Nicotiana that he has received from Philip MillerMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
. 11. Blitum maritimum 12. Blitum rubrum minus 13. Secale 14. Jacea humilis incana 15. Sinapistrum indicum 16. Teucrium supinum palustre 17. Teucrium foliis cordatis 18. Psoralea glandulosa 19. Sinapis hirsuta 20. Milium indicum


a. original holograph (LS, XI, 268-269). [1] [2] [3]