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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3484 • Carl Linnaeus to Pietro Arduino, 3 November 1764 n.s.
Dated 1764 d. 3 Novembris. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Padua (Italia). Written in Latin.

Viro Clarissimo,
D[omino] Petro Arduino,
S[alutem] p[lurimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] a Linné,
Equ[es].

Epistolam, quam ad me pridie Calend[as] Julii exarabas, rite accepi, at fasciculum simul missum nondum. Tabellarius enim 6 nummos aureos (Ducatos aureos) pro fasciculo exigebat, quod mihi videbatur nimis pretiosum. Solvuntur enim heic omnes epistolae secundum uncias; et pro quavis uncia exoticarum tabellario renu-meratur 1/3 pars ducatus. Si, Vir amicissime, inscripsisses fasciculo, uti antea monui, Societati Regiae Scientiarum Upsaliae, tum habuissem eundem absque impensis. Scribebam Holmiam ad magnates, quibus tabellarii res paret, nec responsum accepi. Solvi antea hoc anno ultra 40 ducatos pro literis. Nunc delassatus pro¬posui non redimere literas, quae constant ultra unum ducatum.

Astragalus Chinensis mihi duplex est. Tuus erit sine dubio parvus acaulis purpureus, quem habeo una cum Vella Pseudo-Cytiso et Nolana prostrata.

Praepropera fata Forskåhlii mei in Arabia felici multo me affecere dolore. Habui literas paulo ante ejus mortem de genere Opobalsami cum ejus charactere, octandra 1-gyna tetrapetala.

Tandem accepi in Hortum verissimum Rhabarbarum, quod est Rhabarbarum palmatum, nec non Actaeam cimicifugam, quam diu avidissime exoptavi. At haec nondum mihi floruit. Spero proximo anno florituram.

Floruit mihi hoc tempore tua Salvia cum minutis floribus, diversissima ab Americana, quam putaveram quondam eandem fuisse. Miror, quod potueras videre stamina Salviae in hac, tam parva, tamen genuina. Videtur mihi fere perennem plantam.

Dabam Upsaliae 1764 d[ie] 3 Novembris.

Viro amplissimo
D[omi]no Petro Arduino
Professori Publico
Paduae.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus reports that he had received the letter that Arduino wrote on 30 June 1764 [the letter referred to seems to be Arduino to Linnaeus, 20 July 1764Letter L3424]. However, he had only received the letter itself, not the accompanying package. The reason for this is that the post requested 6 gold ducats for the package. For foreign mail, the post office demands a third of a ducat for each ounce of the weight of the letter. If Arduino had done what Linnaeus had told him to do, i.e. send the letter to the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Uppsala,
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
], there would have been no such cost. During 1764, Linnaeus has already paid more than 40 ducats for incoming mail, and he has got tired of that and decided not to pay for letters that cost more than one ducat. However, Linnaeus has written to the board of the Swedish postal authority and asked for an exception, but he has not yet received an answer.

Astragalus Chinensis, sent by Arduino, must be a smaller variant than the one Linnaeus has.

Linnaeus has heard of Pehr Forsskål’sForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeus’s student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
death, which made him very sad.

Linnaeus reports on some recent plants in his garden [the Uppsala University Botanical Garden], among them a Salvia received from Arduino. Linnaeus had expected that that one would be identical with Salvia Americana, but they are not alike. Linnaeus is surprised that Arduino could identify the stamens, since they are small; he thinks the plant is a perennial.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original (Biblioteca nazionale centrale, Firenze, Gonelli 21, 113. ).

upEDITIONS

1. “A letter from Carl von Linné to professor Pietro Arduino” (1907), p. 85-87 .
2. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 92-93   p.92  p.93.