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Link: • Filippo Farsetti to Carl Linnaeus, 31 December 1764 n.s.
Dated Prid. Kal. Januar. MDCCLXV. Sent from Venezia (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Filippo FarsettiFarsetti, Filippo (1705-1774).
Italian. Venetian antique dealer and
collector. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had wanted to establish a garden on his estate, helped by the botanical interest of Francesco PataroliPataroli, Francesco Italian.
Citizen of Venice, owner of a botanical
and Lionardo SeslerSesler, Lionardo (17?-1785).
Italian. Physician in Venice.
, and he had made considerable progress. However, he had begun to despair, notwithstanding the help of Pataroli and Sesler, due to the considerable cost, work and replacement every year of all that died for various reasons. However, the letter from Linnaeus [this letter has not come down to us] had encouraged him and made it easier to finish the project.

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
had brought him the gift from Linnaeus [Alströmer visited Farsetti in August 1762], and, even before, Farsetti had held Linnaeus in high esteem.

Farsetti had understood that Alströmer had described the layout of the garden to Linnaeus [see Alströmer to Linnaeus, August, 1762Letter L1311] and Farsetti does not want to go deeper into that now. If Linnaeus wants to know more, he is welcome to say so. However, to show his interest in botany, Farsetti indicates that he had collected seeds of Cherleria and Drypis and that he had established a nursery of Alpine plants. Farsetti would be very glad to be able to send Linnaeus something that could be of interest. Pataroli and Sesler, who hold Linnaeus in as high esteem as Farsetti himself does, ask Linnaeus to send them exotic plants from his garden as well.

Farsetti has had a cupboard built and arranged according to Linnaeus’s method, where he can keep seeds. Then he wants to collect seeds and to learn all the agreeable and useful relations between species, when he can compare them in his cupboard..

Pataroli and Sesler have advised Farsetti to finish his letter with a phrase meaning that nobody will ever mean as much to Farsetti as Linnaeus does.


a. (LS, IV, 142-143). [1] [2] [3]