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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3407 • Carlo Allioni to Carl Linnaeus, 10 May 1768 n.s.
Dated die 10. maji 1768. Sent from Torino (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Celeberrimo Sapientissimo,
Carolo LINNÉ,
Equiti aurato etc.,
S[alutem] Pl[urimam] D[icit]
Carolus Allionius.

Quae nuper misisti, Vir Sapientissime, semina gratissima extiterunt, atque pro iis maximas tibi refero grates. Aegre fero saepe evenire, ut pereant interdum aut seminum aut herbarum specimina quae ad te mitto. Tutiusne ad te perveniunt, quae mittit amicissimus noster Ferdinandus Bassius, aut mihi indicare tibi placeat amicum aut in Gallia aut in Hollandia aut Hamburgi degentem, cujus opera utar. Interim cum serius apud vos semina servantur, licet adultum jam sit ver, quoniam etiam citius apud vos stirpes crescunt aestivis mensibus nonnullarum stirpium semina, quorum quaedam mihi videntur tibi posse arridere, his literis inclusa mitto. Inter reliqua habes Linderniae semina. Viola laciniata, quae duobus abhinc annis in horto florens nonnisi parva admodum petala obtulit, nunc florem laete explicavit violae martiae similem majorem sed petalis longe ovatis caerulescentibus, demonstravitque ea petala quae descripsi merum abortum fuisse. Omnes autem eo anno violae laciniatae plantae eo modo floruerunt.

Florae meae perficiendae et absolvendae indefessam nunc operam do, et confido eam sequenti anno typis excusam iri. Pleraeque tabulae incisae sunt. Diligenter colligo insecta utens opera et auxilio utens [sic] egregii optimique mei discipuli Petri Dana viri ad naturalem historiam excolendam nati. Octingenta et ultra insectorum species jam collectas habeo. Si cuidam ex tuis discipulis placeret insecta Suecica cum Italicis commutare, hoc commercium gratissimum mihi foret.

Si oculorum fluxio repetet, tuo, quod consuluisti, remedio utar. Grates interim plurimas reddo, atque te rogo, ut velis tuam benevolentiam mihi semper concedere habeasque me tui obsequentissimum.

Dabam Aug[ust]ae Taurinor[um] die 10 maji 1768.


Statice speciosa
Cytisus argenteus
Bunias cakile
Medicago laniata var. L.
Tragopodon dalechampi
Hieracium ... fol. lanceol. glauco caule bracteato multifloro.
Lygeum spartum
Nepeta italic.
Conyza saxatilis
Bassia aegyptiaca Allion. Misc. Taur. Tom. III.
Bideris bullata
Drypis spinosa
Sisymbrium strictissimum
Cyperus parvus panic. conglobo spicis compressis spadiceo-viridis.
Delphinium … orient. peren. aconitifol. fl. violaceo.
Alyssum … fol. pinnatis multiformib. Allion. spec. pedem.
Artemisia … Absinth. […] mont. cand.
Pixidaria Lindern.
Silene vallesia

A La Royale Societé
des Sciences d’Upsal
a Upsal en
Suede

upSUMMARY

Carlo AllioniAllioni, Carlo (1725-1804).
Italian. Professor of botany, Turin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for the seeds received [presumably with the letter from Linnaeus to Allioni 8 April 1768Letter L4067]. He wonders why letters and material sent to Linnaeus so often are lost, and he wonders if Ferdinando Bassi’sBassi, Ferdinando
(c.1710-1774). Italian. Director of the
botanical garden of Bologna.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letters are delivered more safely. He also asks for somebody in France, Holland or Hamburg, through whom he could send things with greater success.

Allioni is aware that Linnaeus can sow seeds later in the year and that the plants develop faster in Sweden than in Italy, so he sends a number of seeds, among them the Pyxidaria, which he calls Lindernia. He also reports on some other plants in his garden.

The work on the flora [Allioni refers to his Flora PedemontanaAllioni, Carlo Flora
Pedemontana, sive enumeratio methodica
stirpium indigenarum Pedemontii
, 3
vol. (Torino 1785).
, which was published in 1785] makes progress, and Allioni hopes that it will be printed the next year. The majority of the plates are cut. In addition, Allioni collects insects together with Giovanni Pietro Maria DanaDana, Giovanni Pietro Maria
(1736-1801). Italian. Physician,
botanist, Turin.
, who is very good at that, and they already have more than 800. Allioni invites pupils of Linnaeus to exchange insects with him.

Allioni thanks for Linnaeus’s advice on the eye disease and will use the remedy suggested if he falls ill again.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, I, 36-37). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 44-45   p.44  p.45.