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Link: • Antonio Turra to Carl Linnaeus, 28 November 1769 n.s.
Dated die 28. 9bris 1769.. Sent from Vicenza (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Antonio TurraTurra, Antonio (1730-1796).
Italian. Botanist, mineralogist and
practicing physician at Vicenza.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is responding to Linnaeusís letter dated 12 January [1768] [this letter has not come down to us] Turra is grateful for seeds that Linnaeus has sent. He awaits Linnaeusís help with the plants of which he has sent him seeds.

Marco Giuseppo Cornaroís (Cornelius)Cornaro (Cornelius), Marco Giuseppo
(1727-1779). Italian. Bishop of
Torcello in 1759 (Venice), bishop of
Vicenza in 1767.
garden is added to day by day. However, he needs seeds from Linnaeus.

Turra is grateful for Linnaeusís genus Turraea. He would like to have seeds of Turraea and also of Dionaea, Calceolaria, etc.

Turra was pleased to read the sixth edition of Linnaeusís Genera plantarum [...] editio sextaLinnaeus, Carl Genera
plantarum [...] editio sexta ab auctore
reformata et aucta
(Stockholm 1764).
Soulsby no. 305.
and the third edition of his Systema naturae [Turra means the Systema naturae [...] Natur-SystemaLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae sive regna tria naturae
systematice proposita per classes,
ordines, genera et species [...]
Natur-Systema, oder, Die in ordentlichem
Zusammanhange vorgetragenen drey Reiche
der Natur nach ihren Classen, Ordnungen,
Geschlechtern und Arten, in die deutsche
Sprache übersetzet und mit einer
Vorrede [May 4, 1740] herausgegeben von
Johann Joachim Langen
(Halle 1740).
Soulsby no. 47.
]. However, the seventh volume of Linnaeusís Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
has not yet arrived in Italy [vol. 7 was published in 1769].

Turra has never seen Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinísJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
Loosa, i.e., Louis Echones FeuilléeísFeuillée, Louis Econches
(1660-1732). French. Clergyman,
explorer, astronomer and botanist.
Peruvian Ortegia, in Italian gardens.

There are few botanists in Italy apart from Gaëtano Lorenzo MontiMonti, Gaëtano Lorenzo
(1712-1797). Italian. Son of Guiseppe
and Ferdinando BassiBassi, Ferdinando
(c.1710-1774). Italian. Director of the
botanical garden of Bologna.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in Bologna, Angelo Attilio TilliTilli, Angelo Attilio
(1710-1781). Italian. Professor of
Botany, Pisa. Grandson of Michelangelo
in Pisa and Giovanni Antonio BattarraBattarra, Giovanni Antonio
(1714-1789). Italian.
in Chioggia, who is a friend of Turra. Giovanni MarsiliMarsili, Giovanni (1727-1794).
Italian. Botanist, Professor of Botany
and curator of the Padua Botanical
, who is a professor of botany at Padua, does not deserve the name of professor. Arduino [presumably Giovanni ArduinoArduino, Giovanni (1714-1795).
Italian. Geologist and superintendent of
agriculture. Brother of Pietro Arduino.
] is only devoting himself to agrarian matters.

That year Turra only caught few insects. He therefore cannot augment Linnaeusís collection. However, he hopes to be able to fulfil his promise next year.

Pietro OrteschiOrteschi, Pietro ( 1744-1791.).
Italian. Physician, Venice.
, who is a famous physician, wonders about his friend Johan Gustav HallmanHallman, Johan Gustaf
(1726-1797). Swedish. Physician. At the
recommendation of Linnaeus Hallman
travelled in Europe to study the
mullberry tree. In charge of the
mullberry plantation in Stockholm.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who once stayed in Venice.


a. original holograph (LS, XV, 428-429). [1] [2] [3]