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Link: • Pietro Arduino to Carl Linnaeus, 25 March 1761 n.s.
Dated VIII. Kal. Aprilis 1761. Sent from Padua (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Pietro ArduinoArduino, Pietro (1728-1805).
Italian. Professor of economy, Padua.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
praises Linnaeus as the most eminent botanist so far in the history of that science and admits that he has got all his knowledge and ability from Linnaeus’s works. Arduino has considered contacting Linnaeus directly for some time but not dared to do so, until now, when he can send Linnaeus a copy of one of his own works [Animadversionum botanicarum specimenArduino, Pietro
Animadversionum botanicarum
(Padua, 1759).
]. Arduino sends specimens of plants he describes and asks for comments, and also of plants of which he has found no or unsatisfactory descriptions in the older literature. He asks Linnaeus to assess his efforts and answer his questions, if Linnaeus can find time for that, and he is especially interested to know if any of the species are really new. He wants to be able to attend more carefully to those in a final publication. Arduino encloses a copy of a paper [“Due lettere sopra varie sue osservazioni naturali”Arduino, Giovanni "Due
lettere sopra varie sue osservazioni
naturali", Nuova raccolta
d'opuscoli scientifici e filologici

6 (1760).
, by his brother, Giovanni ArduinoArduino, Giovanni (1714-1795).
Italian. Geologist and superintendent of
agriculture. Brother of Pietro Arduino.
, active in Venice, and wants Linnaeus’s comments also on that work.

Arduino offers Linnaeus seeds or dried specimens of plants growing in the garden at Padua or in the mountains around that city. Linnaeus just has to write and tell Arduino what he wants.

P.S. Arduino has close contacts with 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.
, to whom Linnaeus has made reference to Arduino’s work. Arduino tries to answer those issues directly to Linnaeus.


a. (LS, I, 160-161). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 76-77   p.76  p.77.