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Link: • Antonio Turra to Carl Linnaeus, 20 February 1766 n.s.
Dated die 20 Februarii 1766. Sent from Vicenza (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


After two years Antonio TurraTurra, Antonio (1730-1796).
Italian. Botanist, mineralogist and
practicing physician at Vicenza.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has finally received a letter by Linnaeus dated 15 October [this letter has not come down to us].

Turra enjoyed receiving the seeds of Melica and Polemonium.

Turra was pleased to read Linnaeus’s judgement regarding his work [Farsetia, novum genusTurra, Antonio Farsetia,
novum genus. : Accedunt animadversiones
quaedam botanicae
(Venice, 1765).
]. However, he was amazed to see that Carl Linnaeus’s 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 father’s lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeus’s
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
] had already described Turra’s Farsetia as a new species of Cheiranthus, which is definitely not correct.

Turra’s hermaphrodite Coriaria has given seeds without a male. He will find out whether the seeds are sterile.

Turra points out an error by the typographer regarding Centaurea pinnatispina.

Turra will be pleased to receive the dried plants that he had asked Linnaeus to send. He would also like to receive Fuci, Ulvae, Confervae, etc., which can be sent to Hamburg or to Nuremberg; names and addresses are given.

Turra would like to know what name Linnaeus has given to the syphilitic plant, called Ajacki by the Americans, in his Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.

Turra gives Vitaliano Donati’sDonati, Vitaliano (1713-1763).
Italian. Professor of natural history,
Turin. Travelled in the Balkans and in
the Orient. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
character of Plancia; Donati sent it from the Orient.


a. original holograph (LS, XV, 417-418). [1] [2] [3]