Giovanni Ambrosio Sangiorgio to Carl Linnaeus,
21 January 1762 n.s.
L3035. Giovanni Ambrosio SangiorgioGiovanni Ambrosio Sangiorgio (?-?).
For a long time Giovanni Ambrosio SangiorgioSangiorgio, Giovanni Ambrosio
As Sangiorgio has heard that Linnaeus generally answers such letters, and as he has often talked with his patron and benefactor Carlo Gottardo di FirmianFirmian, Carlo Gottardo di
Linnaeus has no doubt wondered why he has not come across any work in botany, zoology or mineralogy dealing with the region of Milan, while other branches of science are well represented in that way. Sangiorgio admits that, so far, nobody has been willing to undertake that area. Medical plants are rather well known, as are those that are used in other disciplines. This is due not to the indolence of scholars but to lack of interest from the authorities.
A change is under way, however. Due to di Firmian’s efforts, a botanical garden is being established and a young man, well known to and recommended by Linnaeus, will teach. That will also mean that the resources of the region will become known, which will no longer be surpassed by those from other regions. An example already exists, since Francesco Saverio QuadrioQuadrio, Francesco Saverio
Sangiorgio would have more to tell Linnaeus, but he does not want to go so far in his praise that he could be regarded as fawning.
Sangiorgio makes a comment on a detail in Sabadiglia mentioned in the fifth part of Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
This leads Sangiorgio to comments on two other seeds, the powers of which Linnaeus says nothing or very little about.
The first is the seed of Pastinaca. It had been proven effective against fever by de Garnier. Sangiorgio gives a detailed description of how it is to be given against periodical fevers. He has used it with success hundreds of times.
The second seed is that of Dictamnus albus, which nobody has reported on previously, as far as Sangiorgio knows. A dosage and treatment with that is given.
Sangiorgio is afraid that he has kept Linnaeus occupied too long with this letter. Sangiorgio himself is just an ordinary pharmacist who happens to be interested in botany and greets Linnaeus as his teacher.