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Link: • Antonio Turra to Carl Linnaeus, 29 October 1762 n.s.
Dated 29. Octobris 1762.. Sent from Vicenza (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Four years ago when Antonio TurraTurra, Antonio (1730-1796).
Italian. Botanist, mineralogist and
practicing physician at Vicenza.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
studied at Bologna, he got hold of Linnaeus’s sexual system by chance. From that time he started to collect Italian plants from their natural habitats and exotic plants from the gardens of Padua, Bologna and Florence and also plants from the private garden of his patron, Marco Giuseppo Cornaro (Cornelius)Cornaro (Cornelius), Marco Giuseppo
(1727-1779). Italian. Bishop of
Torcello in 1759 (Venice), bishop of
Vicenza in 1767.
. In September that year Clas AlströmerAlströmer, Clas
(1736-1794). Swedish. Baron,
industrialist. Sent plants and specimens
to Linnaeus from his travels abroad.
Bought Linnaeus’s “little herbarium”,
now in the Natural History Museum in
Stockholm. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of August, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
stayed one day in Vicenza. He then persuaded Turra to write to Linnaeus. Turra offers to send seeds and dried plants. In return Turra would like to have seeds from Linnaeus, for example, Cornus suecica, Betula nana and Lobelia siphylitica. He wonders from where he can receive roots of Lobelia for pharmaceutical use; they cannot be had in the pharmacies in Italy.

P.S. There is a list of seeds that Turra desires to receive. There are also questions about some thirty plants and an enumeration of some sixty plants that Turra cannot find in Linnaeus’s works.


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