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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Pietro Arduino, 2 August 1763 n.s.
Dated 1763 d. 2 Augusti. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Padua (Italia). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus has received a heavy letter [Arduino to Linnaeus, 12 June 1763Letter L3350], from Pietro ArduinoArduino, Pietro (1728-1805).
Italian. Professor of economy, Padua.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, and he is very impressed by its rich content. He wonders from where Arduino has managed to collect all those rare plants.

Linnaeus reports on those that are new to him, and asks Arduino to send him seeds of several of them.

Linnaeus tells Arduino that he will try to get him membership in the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
], but he cannot promise anything, since the number of members is regulated by the bylaws and new members only can be accepted in the case of vacancies.

Also in Uppsala, there had been a late cold that had destroyed the first leaves.

Clas Alströmer

is still in England.

Linnaeus thanks Antonio TurraTurra, Antonio (1730-1796).
Italian. Botanist, mineralogist and
practicing physician at Vicenza.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for the plants sent through Turra.

Linnaeus has not been able to use Arduinoís results in his Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
, as that was already finished when Arduinoís letter arrived.

The Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio sexta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1764).
Soulsby no. 305.
and part 6 of the Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
are being printed [vol. 6 was published in 1763].

Linnaeusís son [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
] has published the second decade of rare plants in the Uppsala garden Decas prima [et secunda] plantarum rariorum horti UpsaliensisLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
Decas prima [et secunda] plantarum
rariorum horti Upsaliensis sistens
descriptiones & figuras plantarum
minus cognitarum

Linnaeus hopes that Arduinoís second publication on his plants will be published soon [Linnaeus refers to the Animadversionum botanicarum specimen alterumArduino, Pietro
Animadversionum botanicarum specimen
(Venice, 1764].

Pentstemon is flowering in Linnaeusís garden [the Uppsala University Botanical Garden].

P.S. Before Linnaeus had sent the letter, another sending from Arduino arrived, sent the previous year, together with material from Domenico VandelliVandelli, Domenico (1735-1816).
Italian. Physician and botanist. Left
for Portugal in 1764, where he was a
professor at the university of Coimbra.
He was the founder of Ajuda botanical
garden in Lisboa and of the Coimbra
botanical garden, where he was also the
first director (1773-1791).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.

A list of 69 species, referring to that material and giving Linnaeusís comments, concludes the letter.


a. original holograph (MalmŲ Museer, MM 031988). [1] [2]


1. Notizie intorno alla vita e agli scritti di Pietro Arduino (1857), p. 22-26 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 82-85   p.82  p.83  p.84  p.85.