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Link: • Antonio Turra to Carl Linnaeus, 25 June 1763 n.s.
Dated 25 Junii 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.
is pleased that Linnaeus enjoyed the plants, seeds and the work by Pietro ArduinoArduino, Pietro (1728-1805).
Italian. Professor of economy, Padua.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
that he sent. Turra promises to send more plants.

Turra is happy that 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
has returned to Sweden safe and sound. Turra would like to see Alströmer’s letters and the Alstroemeria, a plant of a new genus.

It is said in Italy that Linnaeus has found a way to get bigger pearls in their own Conchae. He wants Linnaeus to enlighten him.

Turra would like to have three or four copies of the new edition of Linnaeus’s Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
. He wants Linnaeus to send them to him directly and to inform him in a letter how he can pay for the books. Turra suggests the Swedish consul in Venice or the merchant, etc. There is also Patrick AlströmerAlströmer, Patrick
(1733-1804). Swedish. Baron and
industrialist, Alingsås. Director
of the Swedish East India Company. Son
of Jonas Alströmer, brother of
August, Clas and Johan Alströmer.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Hamburg. Turra would like to have rare and exotic seeds from, for example, Singenesia.

Turra asks Linnaeus about some British medical plants. He wonders about the difference between Rumex Britannica and Rumex aquaticus in Species plantarum. Furthermore, he wonders about Cadwallader Colden’sColden, Cadwallader
(1688-1776). American. Physician of
Scottish origin, botanist, physicist,
politician. Lieutenant governor of New
York. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
two Rumices aquatici.

Turra has Arduino’s Chelone live in his Garden of which in due time he hopes to be able to send Linnaeus seeds. He now sends seeds of, for example, Salvia hispanica.

Turra is amazed at the variety of Ortegia hispanica; it is described.

Turra would like to receive plants and seeds.


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