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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2894 • Carl Linnaeus to Carlo Allioni, 2 March 1761 n.s.
Dated 1761 d. 2 Martii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Torino (Italia). Written in Latin.

Viro amplissimo Clarissimoque,
D[OMINO] D[OCTORI] CAROLO ALLIONIO,
Botanico Celeberrimo,
s[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus Equ[es].

Hodie Tuas d[ie] 12 januarii datas rite accepi, quamvis eas Holmiam direxeris, sed amicus ad me misit. Quaeso, si in posterum Tuis exhilarare velis, eas inscribas Societati Regiae Scientiarum Upsaliae, cujus omnes literas ego aperio.

Pro tot tamque pulchris seminibus millenas refero gratias. Utinam unica Molucella fruticosa mihi germinaret; plus esset quam centum aliae.

Mittam, quamprimum hyems mitescat, semina, quando scilicet ob frigus liceat hisce vacare, quae etiamnum durat.

Dolui diutissime me Tuis destitutum literis, nescius ubi Te quaererem. Quae misisti per D[ominum] Jussaeum non accepi; nec potui obtineri a mihi maximo adversario; nescio certe, quo ejus jure.

Tandem multo negotio accepi Floram tuam Nicaeensem, aureum certe librum, quem legi maximo cum meo fructu, et est revera divinus libellus. Pro honore toties in me collato, in isto libro, devotissimas Tibi refero.

Observasti procul dubio in Loeflingianis et in Tomo altero Systematis meo Tui non oblitum novum genus in Tui memoriam condidisse.

Si umquam Tibi semina occurrant ex plantis sequentibus a Te nominatis in Flora, quaeso, colligas: Chondrilla juncea, Hypericum Coris 3, Cressa cretica, Aphyllanthes monspeliensis 1, Lithosperm. purpur. 1, Campanula Erinus 1, Sherardia muralis 4:3, Alsine 168 no. 1.

Egregie in Tuo hoc opere descripsisti omnes obscuriores plantas. Utinam Tuo exemplo et idem alii facerent!

Vidistin sine dubio Jacquini opusculum de plantis Americanis, breve quidem sed divinum.

Vale et fave!

Dabam Upsaliae 1761 d[ie] 2 Martii.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Carlo AllioniAllioni, Carlo (1725-1804).
Italian. Professor of botany, Turin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for his letter [12 January 1761Letter L2861] with the enclosed seeds, which had pleased him greatly. Allioni had happened to send the letter to an address in Stockholm, but it had been forwarded to Linnaeus. Linnaeus advises Allioni to send the letters to 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.
] in Uppsala.

Linnaeus will send Allioni seeds as soon as the winter is over. It is still very cold.

Linnaeus had been sorry that the contact with Allioni seemed to have ceased. The material sent through Bernard de JussieuJussieu, Bernard de
(1699-1777). French. Professor of
botany, brother of Antoine and Joseph de
Jussieu. Demonstrator at the Jardin des
plantes. Sébastien Vaillant’s
successor. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had not reached Linnaeus, and he wonders why Jussieu had kept it.

Linnaeus had at last managed to obtain a copy of Allioni’s Flora Nicaeensis [Linnaeus refers to the Stirpium praecipuarum littoris et agri Nicaeensis enumeratio methodicaAllioni, Carlo Stirpium
praecipuarum littoris et agri Nicaeensis
enumeratio methodica; cum elencho
aliquot animalium ejusdem maris

(Paris 1757).
] and has read it with great interest. He praises Allioni for his descriptions and makes a few detailed comments. Linnaeus also asks for seeds of some of the species mentioned there.

Linnaeus hopes that Allioni has seen Nicolas Joseph von Jacquin’sJacquin, 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.
work on the American flora [Linnaeus refers toEnumeratio systematica plantarumJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Enumeratio systematica
plantarum, quas in insulis Caribaeis
vicinaque Americes continente detexit
novas, aut jam cognitas emendavit

(Leiden 1760).
]. Linnaeus has found it short but divine.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (Accademia delle scienze, Torino, Carteggi Collection, Allioni´s letters, cart. 2704). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 27-28   p.27  p.28.