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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Domenico Vandelli, October 1766 n.s.
Dated 1766. d. Octobris.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus is very pleased to have received Domenico VandelliísVandelli, Domenico (1735-1816).
Italian. Physician and botanist. Left
for Portugal in 1764, where he was a
professor at the university of Coimbra.
He was the founder of Ajuda botanical
garden in Lisboa and of the Coimbra
botanical garden, where he was also the
first director (1773-1791).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letter of 26 August 1766Letter L3787 with the information that Vandelli has become Professor of Natural History in Lisbon, and he congratulates him.

Until now, Portugal has been a dark and unknown territory, but the appointment of Vandelli means a great improvement. There is much to do for Vandelli, and Linnaeus hopes to see a flora and a fauna for Portugal in a short time.

Linnaeus had just received a box with more than 200 insects from somewhere in Western Europe, but there was no sender given, nor a letter, just a list. Linnaeus had at first thought it could be Vandelli, but as Vandelli does not mention it in his letter, Linnaeus has changed his mind and guesses that the box is from Italy.

Linnaeus remarks that since spores of fungi move like worms when placed in water, several scholars want to regard fungi as a kind of worm


1. Florae lusitanicae et brasiliensis specimen (1788), p. 85 .