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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2849 • Giovanni Antonio Scopoli to Carl Linnaeus, 28 January 1762 n.s.
Dated 28 Januarii 1762. Sent from Idrija (Slovenia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Ill[ustrissimo] et Celeberrimo Viro,
D[omino] D[octori] Carolo Linnaeo,
Equiti de stella polari &c. &c.,
S[alutem] P[lurimam] D[icit]
Joannes Scopoli, Physicus Idriensis.

En cystulam bilocularem rebus naturalibus plenam; loculum inferius insecta continet ultra centum, superius vero:

1o observationes meas de minera hydrargyri et lapidibus fodinae Idridensis, quos ante me nullus investigavit.

2o opusculum de insectis, plerisque a me authori, dono datis.

3o spongiam coralloidem, ramosissimam, ramis dichotomis anastomozantibus in mari Adriatico, degentem.

4o spongiam (puto) aliam tabulosam, crispam.

5o lacertam nigram, in summis siccissimis alpibus Carnioliae a me lectam, ubi nulla salamandra; an nova species vel soboles alterius, nemo Te certius indicabit.

6o Upupam murariam; Picus Aldr. f. 2. et 6 Kramer, quam in Syst. Nat. non invenio.[a][a] : MS1 Hanc non reperi in cistula;
certe neglexit imponere Scopoli; nec
locus erat vacuus in cistula, adeo ut
nec eximi in itinere potuerit [added
in the margin by Linnaeus
]

7o scatulus tres, quarum contenta adiecta schedula docet.

8o Tophus seu Stalactites seleniticus cryptarum Carnioliae, qui et albus reperitur.

9o petrefacta quaedam, spatium vacuum implent.

10o Plantas nonnullas Carnioliae variores, inter quas Atropa 2. fl. Carniol., quae in horto Caesar[eo] Viennensi nunc viget, a me missa, vocaturque Atropa Scopoli, sed nova nunc mihi videtur species Hyosciami.

Excipe, Vir Ill[ustrissi]me, servi Tui humile donum, donec plura transmisero, non aliter, ac si discipulum aliquem in has terras misisses. Vicissim obsecro, Celeberr[ime] Vir, si tamen rogare fas est, ut ultimum mihi locum, inter eas concedere digneris, qui Regiam Upsaliensem Societatem constituunt; tanto equidem non dignar honore, sed cum nullum, in his terris, studiis meis hactenus benignum sydus adfulserit, sic extera invocare patrocinia, et ad Te recurrere debeo, Scientiae Naturalis Restauratorum eiusque cultorum Fautorem optimum. Dabo et ego quotannis novum quid, Actis Eruditorum, si visum fuerit, inserendum. Gratia haec, pro qua humillime rogo, a Tuo adsensu et voluntate dependet, tuis itaque favoribus, Ill[ustrissi]me Praeses, tuaeque benevolentiae me unice commendo, utque diu icolumen vitam degas, sinceris votis adprecor.

Dab[am] Idriae 28 Januarii 1762.

upSUMMARY

With this letter, Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends a two-compartement box full of specimens. In the lower compartement there are more than 100 insects, in the upper the contents are specified, being two treatises, plants, minerals, and animals. The treatises are his own, De hydrargyro IdriensiScopoli, Giovanni Antonio De
hydrargyro Idriensi tentamina
physico-chymico-medica
(Venice &
Radici, 1761).
and another one on insects [Nicolaus PodaísPoda von Neuhaus, Nicolaus
(1793-1798). Austrian?. Jesuit.
Naturalist.The first naturalist in the
Austrian empire to apply Linnaeusís
binomial system. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, Insecta musaei GraecensisPoda von Neuhaus, Nicolaus
Insecta musei Graecensis
(Graecii, 1761).
]. Among the plants is the Atropa 2. [This is the accompanying letter of the box of specimens on its way via 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.
and Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeusís benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
to Linnaeus, see the letter of 5 February 1762Letter L3042].

Scopoli asks Linnaeus to receive these samples as a gift from an humble pupil. As compensation, however, Scopoli, somewhat exactingly, asks to be granted membership of the Royal Society of Sciences [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala,
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
] since he has had no similar reward or recognition from his native country. He promises to contribute to Societyís acta [there was an intermission in the publishing of the Acta societatis regiae scientiarum Upsaliensis Acta societatis regiae
scientiarum Upsaliensis
(Stockholm
1740-1751).
from 1751 to 1772].

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, XIV, 2-3). [1] [2] [3]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
MS1 Hanc non reperi in cistula; certe neglexit imponere Scopoli; nec locus erat vacuus in cistula, adeo ut nec eximi in itinere potuerit [added in the margin by Linnaeus]