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Link: • Antonio Turra to Carl Linnaeus, 19 November 1768 n.s.
Dated 19. Novembris 1768. Sent from Vicenza (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Since Linnaeus’s letters have very seldom arrived in Italy, Antonio TurraTurra, Antonio (1730-1796).
Italian. Botanist, mineralogist and
practicing physician at Vicenza.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has found a safer way of exchanging letters i.e., through the Swedish consul living in Venice. Turra wonders how Linnaeus, Morten Thrane BrünnichBrünnich, Morten Thrane
(1737-1827). Danish. Professor of
natural history, Copenhagen. Later
employed by the Danish mining department
in Norway. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and 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
are. He also asks about recent botanical observations and works. He begs Linnaeus to send him seeds for Marco Giuseppo Cornaro’s (Cornelius)Cornaro (Cornelius), Marco Giuseppo
(1727-1779). Italian. Bishop of
Torcello in 1759 (Venice), bishop of
Vicenza in 1767.
garden in the winter. It has been constructed above the Beric Hills at a great cost. Turra is the curator.

Turra sends what he has collected that year and some observations.

Turra has finally received Linnaeus’s Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
. Turra thanks Linnaeus for having been mentioned in such an honourable way. Turra has received Petter Jonas Bergius’sBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeus’s student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
work on the flora of the Cape of Good Hope [Turra refers to the Descriptiones plantarum ex Capite bonae speiBergius, Petter Jonas
Descriptiones plantarum ex Capite
bonae spei, cum differentiis specificis,
nominibus trivialibus et synonymis
auctorum justis secundum systema sexuale
et autopsia concinnatae et sollicite
(Stockholm, 1767).
], Albrecht von Haller’sHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
second edition [Turra refers to the Historia stirpium indigenarum HelvetiaeHaller, Albrecht von Historia
stirpium indigenarum Helvetiae
2 vol. (Bern, 1768)
], Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber’sSchreber, Johann Christian Daniel von
(1737-1810). German. Physician
and botanist. Became doctor of medicine
at Uppsala under Linnaeus in 1760.
Professor of botany and director of the
botanical garden of Erlangen.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
tab. XX regarding grasses in natural colours [Turra refers to the Beschreibung der GraeserSchreber, Johann Christian Daniel von
Beschreibung der Graeser nebst
ihren Abbildungen
], Jacob Christian Schaeffer’sSchaeffer, Jacob Christian
(1718-1790). German. Lutheran pastor
and superintendent, Regensburg.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Jacobi Christiani Schaeffer Botanica expeditiorSchaeffer, Jacob Christian
Jacobi Christiani Schaeffer Botanica
expeditior, genera plantarum in tabulis
sexualibus et universalibus aeri incisis
(Regensburg, 1760).
, Icones insectorumSchaeffer, Jacob Christian
Icones Insectorum circa Ratisbonam
indigenorum, coloribus naturam
referentibus expressae
, 3 vols.
(Regensburg, 1766-1779)
and Iacobi Christiani Schaeffer Elementa entomologicaSchaeffer, Jacob Christian
Iacobi Christiani Schaeffer Elementa
entomologica. CXXXV tabvlae aere excvsae
floridisqve coloribvs distinctae

(Regensburg, 1766).

P.S. There is a list of the plants that Turra sends: 1. Salvia major 2. Synapis erysimoides 3. Phleum crinitum 4. Lepidium spinosum 5. Arenaria graminifolia 6. Solanum capsicoides 7. Phaseolus minimus 8. Allium latifolium 9. Ariethum pusillum 10. Cassia perennis


a. (LS, XV, 426-427). [1] [2] [3]