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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Domenico Vandelli, 11 January 1761 n.s.
Dated 11. Januarii. Sent from Stockholm (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus has received the gifts from 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.
and, on the previous day, also the letter of 15 October 1760Letter L2800. Linnaeus has not answered earlier, since he wanted to have all his answers ready and in good order, but now he has seen that he could not delay an answer any longer, in order not to be considered ungrateful.

Linnaeus has heard that there had been discussions in Spain about offering a professorship after José OrtegaOrtega, José (?-1761).
Spanish. Military pharmacist of the
Spanish army. Secretary of the Academy
of Medicine of Madrid. Correspondent of
, who had died. Linnaeus does not see how he could establish a proper garden there, and it is quite certain that he has not received an official call.

Linnaeus thanks Vandelli for his work opposing Albrecht von HallerHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, whom he considers to be an enemy to everybody [Linnaeus refers to the rejection of Haller’s “De partibus corporis humani sensilibus et irritabilibus”Haller, Albrecht von "De
partibus corporis humani sensilibus et
irritabilibus", Commentarii
societatis regiae scientiarum
Gottingensis ad annum 1752
Bd 2, 114-158.
made by Vandelli in the third section of his Tractatus de thermis Agri-PataviniVandelli, Domenico Tractatus
de thermis Agri-Patavini. Accessit
bibliotheca hydrographica, &
apologia contra cel: Hallerum

(Padua, 1760).
]. Vandelli is quite as eminent as Haller, as can be seen from his earlier works.

Linnaeus thanks Vandelli very much for the good description of the Ulva. He will use it in the next edition of Systema naturae [the next edition was Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.

Linnaeus is pleased that Vitaliano DonatiDonati, Vitaliano (1713-1763).
Italian. Professor of natural history,
Turin. Travelled in the Balkans and in
the Orient. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will be able to continue towards Arabia, where also a pupil of Linnaeus’s [Pehr ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeus’s student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
], is going on orders from the King of Denmark [Fredrik VFredrik V, (1723-1766).
Danish. Reigned Denmark and Norway
]. Linnaeus has received some seeds from Donati’s unfortunate companion Roque [Linnaeus means Bartolomo Giambattista RoncoRonco, Bartolomo Giambattista
] in Alexandria, and they have germinated and given nice plants.

The insect that attacks people and cattle in Lapland is a new genus called Furia infernalis by Daniel SolanderSolander, Daniel (1733-1782).
Swedish. Naturalist, explorer. Student
in Uppsala under Linnaeus and Johan
Gottschalk Wallerius. Went to London in
1760. Curator of natural history
collections at the British Museum.
Botanist on Cook’s first voyage
1768-1771. Joseph Bank’s librarian.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[described by him in 1778, “Furia infernalis”Solander, Daniel "Furia
infernalis, vermis, et ab eo concitaro
solitus morbus, descripti", Nova
Acta Regiae Societatis Scientiarum
44 (1773), 44-58.
]. Linnaeus gives a simple picture of the insect.


1. Florae lusitanicae et brasiliensis specimen (1788), p. 76-77 .