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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3356 • Carlo Allioni to Carl Linnaeus, 27 January 1764 n.s.
Dated die 27a januarii 1764.. Sent from Torino (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro longe Celeberrimo Sapientissimoque,
Carolo Linnaeo,
Equiti aurato de Stella polari etc.,
S[alutem] Pl[urimam] D[icit]
Carolus Allionius.

Anno proxime elapso Cl[arissimi] tui discipuli Alströmer opportunitate utens rariorum aliquot stirpium alpinarum fasciculum una cum nonnullis seminibus eidem Cl[arissimo] Viro consignavi. Num tamen ea ad te pervenerint incertus haereo, cum nullas inposterum neque a Cl[arissimo] Alströmero neque a te litteras acceperim. Aliquot interim semina nostratia his litteris includo, eaque, ut tibi grata sint vehementer opto. Epistolam autem mitto Londinum ad Cl[arissimum] Phillippum Miller, ut minime in itinere pereat, certoque ad tuas manus perveniat.

Nullus dubito, quin postrema fata Cl[arissimi] Donati tibi innotuerint, eum nempe, cum ex Bassora super navi versus Malabaricas regiones iter faceret, die 17a februarii anni 1762 febre putrido- inflammatoria correptum die 26a ejusdem mensis extremum diem obiisse. Nihil autem eorum, quae procul dubio in commentarios congesserat aut in itinere ex Alexandria per Aleppum et Babylonem collegerat, ad nos pervenit. Triste hoc nuncium delatum est ex Maccao a quibusdam Religiosis ord[inis] minor[is] observ[antiae] reformatorum, qui itineris comites, et mortis testes fuerunt, atque iter suum usque ad Maccao produxerunt.

Ego qui Botanices Professoris extraordinarii munere fungebar, ordinarius in praesentiarum sum constitutus, omnemque operam dabo, ut Hortus Regius Taurinensis stirpibus adaugeatur tum indigenas congerens tum exteras ab amicis curans. Quare, si quae posses mihi semina Americanarum praesertim stirpium semina largiri, rem gratissimam faceres.

In Italia nostra typis vulgatum nihil est ad rem herbariam pertinens, si novi generis, Ambrosinae nempe a Ferdinando Bassio Bononiensi, descriptionem cum icone excipias. Quamprimum sese offeret occasio, aut per Cl[arissimum] Burmannum aut per Cl[arissimum] Miller hoc Schediasma ad te mittam.

Meam floram Pedemontanam tum plurimis aliis studiis distractus tum diu oculorum contumaci morbo detentus interrumpere coactus fui. Iterum autem nunc huic operi manum admovebo, et curabo, ut, quantocitius fieri poterit, in lucem exeat. Tabulas aeneas in fol[io] quadraginta et ultra continebit.

Cura salutem tuam, Vir Sapientissime, in botanices et naturalis historiae incrementum, mihique porro favere perge!

Taurini die 27a januarii 1764.

A Monsieur le Chevalier Linnaeus
Trés Celébre Naturaliste
a Upsal.

upSUMMARY

Carlo AllioniAllioni, Carlo (1725-1804).
Italian. Professor of botany, Turin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
mentions that he gave 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
Linnaeus
some material for Linnaeus the year before [Allioni to Linnaeus 14 January 1763Letter L3198, Alströmer to Linnaeus 30 January 1763Letter L5388], and he wonders if it has been delivered, since he has heard nothing from either Linnaeus or Alströmer. However, he encloses some seeds in this letter too, and he sends the letter through Philip MillerMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
in London, so that it may reach Linnaeus more safely.

Allioni informs Linnaeus that Vitaliano DonatiDonati, Vitaliano (1713-1763).
Italian. Professor of natural history,
Turin. Travelled in the Balkans and in
the Orient. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had contracted a fever and died during his journey. That had happened in February 1762 on board a ship bound for Macao, and the information came from a number of monks who were on the same vessel. However, nothing of what Donati had collected during his journey had been saved and reached Europe, which was extremely sad.

Allioni, who has become professor, is very eager to promote the Turin garden [the botanical garden of Turin founded by the by Vittorio Amedeo IIVittorio Amedeo II, King of Sardinia
(1666-1732). Italian. Reigned
1718-1730.
in 1729], and he asks Linnaeus to send him seeds, preferably of plants growing in America.

Allioni promises to send Linnaeus a copy of a recent work [AmbrosinaBassi, Ferdinando
Ambrosina:novum plantae genus
describente
(Bologna, 1763).
] by Ferdinando BassiBassi, Ferdinando
(c.1710-1774). Italian. Director of the
botanical garden of Bologna.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, dealing with the new genus Ambrosina. Allioni’s work on the flora of Piedmont [Allioni refers to his Allioni refers to the Flora PedemontanaAllioni, Carlo Flora
Pedemontana, sive enumeratio methodica
stirpium indigenarum Pedemontii
, 3
vol. (Torino 1785).
, which was published in 1785] has been interrupted for a long time but will now be resumed, and Allioni hopes to publish it very soon. It will contain over forty plates.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, I, 30). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 37-38   p.37  p.38.