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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3043 • Giovanni Antonio Scopoli to Carl Linnaeus, 5 February 1762 n.s.
Dated 5. Februariij. 1762.. Sent from Idrija (Slovenia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Ill[ustrissimo] et Celeberrimo Viro,
D[omino] Carolo Linnaeo,
Equiti de Stella polari &c. &c.,
S[alutem] P[lurimam] D[icit]
Joannes Scopoli.

Misi elapsa hebdomada pro Te, Vir Celeberrime, D[omin]o Jacquin, insecta ultra centum, aliasque res naturales, quas ille ad Cl[arissimum] Gronovium post 5 hebdom[adas] diriget, a quo demum habebis. Retulit etiam idem D[ominus] Jacquin venisse ad Te tandem Floram meam, aliunde tamen. Doleo itaque iacturam stirpium variorum, quas una cum libro ad Te miseram, inutili hostium nostrorum praeda facta, ut Labaco et Viennae Postae Officia retulerunt. De Flora Carniol[ica] iterum rogo, Vir Ill[ustrissi]me, ut errores plurimos et saepe graves excusare velis. Nam 1o imperfectum opus, repetitis litteris, exegit Il[lustrissimus] Van- SWieten seque Augustae oblaturum esse promisit; quamobrem spe vitae melioris festinare volui. 2o Inops sum homo, solo salario vivens, sepultus inter fossores, longe ab omni litteratorum consortio, destitutus bibliotheca omnibusque praesidiis, ad Italia opera perficienda necessariis. Taceo adversa plurima, quae in Carniolia me plurimum agitarunt, ut mirum sit potius, quod haec praestare potuerim. 3o novam paro Editionem 600 speciebus hodiedum auctam et ita emendatam, ut luce publica non penitus indigna videri possit.

Hisce Vale, Vir Ill[ustrissi]me, meque tuo Patrocinio commendatum esse sinas!

Dab[am] Idriae 5 Februarii 1762.

upSUMMARY

Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
reports that during the preceding week, he had sent Nicolaus Joseph, baron von JacquinJacquin, 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.
some material for Linnaeus, which Jacquin would send to Linnaeus through Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeusís benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
within five weeks [see Scopoli to Linnaeus, 28 January 1762Letter L2849]. The material consists of more than 100 insects and a lot of other natural specimens. Jacquin had also reported that Linnaeus had managed to acquire the Flora CarniolicaScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Flora Carniolica exhibens plantas
Carniolae indigenas et distributas in
classes naturales. Cum differentiis
specificis, synonymis recentiorum, locis
natalibus, nominibus incolarum,
observationibus selectis, viribus
medicis
(Vienna 1760).
from another source. Scopoli regrets that the package he sent had been lost in the mail, which meant an unnecessary waste of so many specimens of rare species. Scopoli mentions three reasons why Linnaeus should be indulgent towards the quality of the Flora Carniolica.

1. There had been some haste in the production of Flora Carniolica, due to Gerard van SwietenSwieten, Gerhard van
(1700-1772). Dutch. Pupil of Boerhaave.
Called by Maria Theresa to Vienna, where
he organised the public health system.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. He had also promised Scopoli to dedicate it to the Empress [Maria TeresiaMaria Teresia, (1717-1780).
Austrian. Reigned from 1740-1780.
]. Scopoli, in this way, was hoping for a better life.

2. Scopoli is a poor man, living from his salary, without access to libraries and scholars.

3. Scopoli had collected 600 more species, to be included in the new edition which is already under preparation.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, XIV, 4-5). [1] [2] [3]