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Link: • Antonio Turra to Carl Linnaeus, 5 March 1763 n.s.
Dated d:5 Martii 1763.. Sent from Vicenza (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Antonio TurraTurra, Antonio (1730-1796).
Italian. Botanist, mineralogist and
practicing physician at Vicenza.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for a letter [this letter has not come down to us] and seeds. In return Turra sends plants, seeds and a work by Pietro Arduino.

Turra would like to receive seeds from northern plants. There are many lichens, mosses, bushes, trees and grasses that cannot be found in Italy.

With great difficulty and at a great cost Turra has acquired works by Linnaeus. However, he does not yet possess Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
[Turra doesn’t say which edition, but he would certainly have wished the last one], Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
and Hortus UpsaliensisLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Upsaliensis, exhibens plantas exoticas,
Horto Upsaliensis academiae a sese
illatas, ab anno 1742, in annum 1748,
additis differentiis, synonymis,
habitationibus, hospitiis, rariorumque
descriptionibus, in gratiam studiose
, I (Stockholm 1748).
Soulsby no. 424
. Turra offers to send Italian works to Linnaeus.

To Turra’s knowledge nobody in Italy is working with insects. If there only had been patrons, many would have dedicated themselves to insects. Turra confesses that he would have worked rather with insectology than medicine.

Turra needs Linnaeus’s Systema naturae for his work with Italian plants. He is elaborating a Materia medica based on Italian medical plants.

Long ago Turra decided to ask Linnaeus whether Anton von Stoerck’sStoerck, Anton von (1731-1803).
Austrian. Physician in ordinary to
Maria Theresia of Austria.
Cicuta [Turra refers to Stoercks description in Libellus, quo demonstratur:CicutamStoerck, Anton von Libellus,
quo demonstratur:Cicutam non solum usu
interno tutissime exhiberi, sed et esse
simul remedium volde utile in multis
morbis, qui hucusque curatu impossibiles
(Wien, 1760)
] is the same as the Cicuta in Linnaeus’s Dissertatio de materia medicaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio de
materia medica
, diss., resp. J.
Sidrén (Uppsala, 1750). Soulsby
no. 1605.
; they are attributed the same powers. Stoerck’s Cicuta, i.e., Conium maculatum, is much used in Italy, but it has had no effect though. They have not been able to test Linnaeus’s Cicuta, i.e., Cicuta aquatica, since it does not grow in Italy.

Turra suspects 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
to be dead. He has not arrived in Paris and there has been no answer to letters sent from Italy.


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