Documentation

Letters

-Search for letters
-Search in texts

Manuscripts

Editions

Links

Contact

C18

Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3198 • Carlo Allioni to Carl Linnaeus, 14 January 1763 n.s.
Dated 14.a januarii 1763.. Sent from Torino (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Doctissimo Praestantissimoque,
CAROLO LINNAEO,
Professori longe Celeberrimo,
S[alutem] Pl[urimam] D[icit]
Carolus Allionius.

Diu satis, et heu quidem nimis vexatus chronica oculorum defluxione, et studia mea intermittere, et diuturnum cum Amicis silentium sustinere invitus omnino debui. Pristina valetudine nunc obtenta debita erga te officia mea praestare literisque tuis charissimis respondere nunc laetus suscipio.

Plurimas tibi primum grates reddo, quod volueris mihi nonnullarum stirpium vera nomina indicare, et deinde quod mei, et operum meorum in tuis operibus memoriam facere volueris. Mea flora Pedemontana, licet tabulae paratae jam sint, nondum tamen lucem videbit, clinicis curis, lectionibus publicis et adversa valetudine impeditus postremam huic operi manum adhuc admovere non potui. Confido tamen eam hoc anno sub praelo esse sudaturam et vehementer opto jam publicam factam esse novam tui operis specierum plantarum editionem. Plusculas hoc anno detexi rariores stirpes nimirum Vallisneriam, Isnardiam, Pixidariam Lindernii, Thlaspidium raphani folio, Centaurium illud majus Tournefortii sub nomine Arction in historia Lugdunensi depictum, Bupleurum novum Gerardi, et alias non paucas. Pro certo habeas me tibi eas omnes reservaturum et missurum, quas tibi nondum visas ex tuis operibus colligere potero. Hac aestate plurimum laboris contuli digerendo in ordinem horto Taurinensi, et locupletando, qui mille circiter stirpibus auctus jam est. Omnes areolae et singulae stirpes suis numeris signantur, ita ut edito denique catalogo commodissime discipuli sine etiam praeceptore stirpes cognoscere possint.

Dignus et eximius tuus discipulus Claudius Alströmer aliquot hebdomadas Taurini commoratus est, mihique valde gratulor plurimam cum illo amicitiam iniisse. Commisi optimi hujus viri curae fasciculum rariorum stirpium et semina nonnulla ad te mittenda. Schedulam mihi reliquit continentem semina a te desiderata. Dabo operam, ut omnia obtineas. Nonnulla his literis includo, alia sequenti hebdomada mittam. Aegre admodum fero, quod hoc anno, licet omni adhibita cura, semina moluccae frutescentis obtinere non licuerit.

Gratulor plurimum de Tui egregii Filii primitiis. Tanto sub Praeceptore, et Tanti Viri filius nequit non eximia cum tempore praestare, et Patris celebritate dignus fieri. Ut meo nomine plurimam ipsi salutem dicas rogo.

Tuae generositati hortus regius meae curae commissus plurimum se tibi commendat, et ipse rogo, ut seminibus rarioribus, quae tibi ad manus erunt, in literis missis augere velis. Notulam addidi illorum quae minime germinarunt. Addo quoque indicem illarum stirpium Suecicarum, quae adhuc in meo horto sicco desiderantur. Nolo quidem omnino te a gravioribus et utilissimis studiis removere, quamobrem te rogo, ut per aliquem ex tuis discipulis velis dictarum stirpium sicca exemplaria mihi curare. Ego respondeam Alpinarum et Helveticarum speciminibus.

Vale in totius Naturalis historiae incrementum, Vir Sapientissime, mihique porro favere pergas!

Dabam Aug[ust]ae Taurinorum die 14a januarii 1763.

P. S. De D[omin]o Donati nullus nuncius ad nos pervenit, ex quo (Bagdad) discessit. Quae misit ex Aegypto non magni momenti sunt; sistunt praesertim lacertarum nonnullas species; stirpes nullas misit.

A La Royale Societé
des Sciences díUpsal
a Upsal en
Suede

upSUMMARY

Carlo AllioniAllioni, Carlo (1725-1804).
Italian. Professor of botany, Turin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has had an eye disease that has prevented him from studies and contact with his friends, but now he is well again and undertakes to answer Linnaeusís letter [Linnaeus to Allioni 8 August 1762Letter L3121].

Allioni thanks Linnaeus for acknowledging receipt of the works sent, and for his comments. His flora of Piedmont is not yet quite ready [Allioni refers to the Flora PedemontanaAllioni, Carlo Flora
Pedemontana, sive enumeratio methodica
stirpium indigenarum Pedemontii
, 3
vol. (Torino 1785).
, which was published in 1785], since other work and poor health have delayed it, but he hopes to have it ready during this year. Allioni hopes that Linnaeusís new edition of Species plantarum [Allioni refers to the second edition of Species plantarum Linnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
] is ready. Allioni has found quite a few new rare plants, and assures Linnaeus that he will send him specimens of all those that he has not found in Linnaeusís works. Allioni has worked hard at the Botanical Garden of Turin, which has grown by a thousand species. All the plants get signs, so that students can find their way around by the help of a catalogue and do not need a teacher.

Clas AlströmerAlströmer, Clas
(1736-1794). Swedish. Baron,
industrialist. Sent plants and specimens
to Linnaeus from his travels abroad.
Bought Linnaeusís ďlittle herbariumĒ,
now in the Natural History Museum in
Stockholm. Son of Jonas Alströmer,
brother of August, Johan and Patrick
Alströmer. Correspondent of
Linnaeus
has visited Allioni for some weeks, which pleased Allioni very much. He has given Alströmer some material for Linnaeus, and Alströmer had with him a list of plants desired by Linnaeus, some of which Allioni comments here, and the rest he will deliver in due time, when seeds again are available [about Alströmerís visit, see Alströmer to Linnaeus, 30 January 1763Letter L5388].

Allioni was very pleased to see the first publications by Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his fatherís lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeusís
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
father.
and he sends his regards.

Allioni is very pleased with everything that Linnaeus had sent for the garden, and asks Linnaeus to continue to send him seeds. He also includes a list of plants that did not germinate and of those that are missing from his herbarium, but he suggests that Linnaeus asks some of his students to care for these dried specimens. Allioni does not want to burden Linnaeus with such tasks. In return, Allioni will send Alpine and Swiss species.

P.S. Allioni mentions that no news has been received about Vitaliano DonatiísDonati, Vitaliano (1713-1763).
Italian. Professor of natural history,
Turin. Travelled in the Balkans and in
the Orient. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
journey since he left Bagdad.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, I, 29). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 34-36   p.34  p.35  p.36.