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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2901 • Carlo Allioni to Carl Linnaeus, 17 April 1761 n.s.
Dated die 17. apr.is 1761. Sent from Torino (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Celeberrimo Sapientissimoque Viro,
CAROLO LINNAEO,
Botanicorum Principi,
S[alutem] Pl[urimam] D[icit]
Carolus Allionius.

Proxime elapsa hebdomada redditae mihi sunt humanissimae tuae, quae plurimum me recrearunt. Ex iis enim video tuae erga me benevolentiae testimonia plura, eaque luculentissima. Nihil autem mihi carius, nihil optabilius mihi esse potest quam tua Viri nempe in Europa tota omnium celeberrimi benevolentia frui.

Sistematis tui secundus tomus nuperrime tantum ad me pervenit. In eo nec sine aliqua confusione vidi te voluisse novum genus meo nomini assignare. Pro hoc quod maximi omnino habeo honore quantas maximas possum reddo grates.

Semina quae literis inclusa misisti fuerunt acceptissima, et gratulor inter mea aliquot extitisse quae tibi arriserint. Spondeo non earum modo quae tu desideras Niceensium stirpium sed et earum, quae rariores in Italia et Galloprovincia proveniunt, semina plura me tibi missurum pro sequenti anno.

Quam primum, decem nimirum abhinc diebus, Sardiniam versus discedet Augusta Taurinorum Amicus, cui consignabo fasciculum nuperrimum Arduini Custodis Horti Patavini libellum, quo aliquot stirpes describantur et delineantur, et siccas alpinas stirpes continentem. Hae stirpes sunt ex rarioribus alpinis, et pleraeque illarum quas in nuperis suis emendationibus describit Cl[arissimus] Hallerus. Subcesivas quas habeo a clinica medicina et publicis lectionibus horas insumo finiendae meae florae Pedemontanae. Nisi horti botanici cura et Professoris extraordinarii munus mihi collata fuissent, certo jam in publicum prodiisset haec flora, quam tuae benevolentiae commendo.

Doleo non omnia quae per Cl[arissimum] Jussiaeum misi ad te pervenisse. Mittam in posterum per Consulem tuum Sardiniae degentem. Possem etiam et citius quandoque per Cl[arissimum] Burmannum mittere. Fac, ut sciam, num haec via opportuna sit!

Aliquot alia, quae ex Italia mox accepi semina, litteris his includo. Ut tibi placeant vehementissime opto.

Benevolentiae tuae iterum me commendo, et rogo, ut me habeas tui nominis Cultorem obsequentissimum.

Dabam Aug[ustae] Taurinorum die 17 Apr[il]is 1761.

P. S. Fossilium omnis generis instruo suppellectilem, quam Suecicis augere cuperem. Tua intercedente opera eorum series haberine posset data serie nostrorum fossilium.

A la Trés Celébre
Societé Röyale des Sciences
d’Upsal
par Hollande a Upsal.

upSUMMARY

Carlo AllioniAllioni, Carlo (1725-1804).
Italian. Professor of botany, Turin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for the letter [Linnaeus to Allioni, 2 March 1761Letter L2894] that had just arrived, and he is very pleased to be in contact with the famous Linnaeus.

In addition, he has just received the second part of the new Systema naturae [Allioni refers to Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
; the 10th edition was published in two volumes, “Animalia” 1758 and “Vegetabilia” 1759; the third volume, “Mineralia” was never published] and found that Linnaeus has given a new genus his name, and he is very flattered by that.

Allioni is very pleased with the seeds received and is satisfied that Linnaeus had been delighted with some of those sent by Allioni. He promises to send both the desired species from Flora Nicaeensis [Allioni 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 other rare plants from northern Italy in the following year.

Allioni will send a package for Linnaeus with a friend, who is soon leaving for Sardinia, where he will leave it with the Swedish consul. It contains a copy of the work by Pietro ArduinoArduino, Pietro (1728-1805).
Italian. Professor of economy, Padua.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
just published [Allioni refers presumably to the Animadversionum botanicarum specimenArduino, Pietro
Animadversionum botanicarum
specimen
(Padua, 1759).
] and dried specimens of rare Alpine plants. They represent most of the species just described by Haller in recent additions to his publications. Allioni has much to do, since he has the care of the garden, a medical practice and public lectures as a professor, so the flora of Piedmont had been delayed [Allioni refers to the forthcoming Flora PedemontanaAllioni, Carlo Flora
Pedemontana, sive enumeratio methodica
stirpium indigenarum Pedemontii
, 3
vol. (Torino 1785).
, which was published in 1785].

Allioni is sorry that the material sent through Bernhard 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 been lost. Future despatches will go through the Swedish consul in Sardinia. Johannes BurmannBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
could be another possible way. Allioni wants to know what Linnaeus prefers.

Allioni encloses some seeds just received from Italy.

P.S. Allioni mentions that he is preparing a collection of all kinds of fossils, for which he wants some specimens from Sweden.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, I, 27-28). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 29-30   p.29  p.30.