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Link: • Antonio Turra to Carl Linnaeus, 28 November 1771 n.s.
Dated die 28. Novembris 1771. 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 grateful for a letter by Linnaeus dated 26 February [1771] and for the seeds of Elisia.

Turra promises Linnaeus observations of the days the trees in Marco Giuseppo Cornaro’s (Cornelius)Cornaro (Cornelius), Marco Giuseppo
(1727-1779). Italian. Bishop of
Torcello in 1759 (Venice), bishop of
Vicenza in 1767.
garden get their first leaves so that Linnaeus can see the difference between the climate of Vicenza and that of Uppsala.

Turra sends Linnaeus some obscure seeds so that Linnaeus, should he find a new species, can describe it. He entreats Linnaeus to send him seeds, especially of Elisia, Camelia, Calceolaria, Dionaea, Zizannia aquatica, Cimicifuga foetida, etc. If Linnaeus has received seeds of Turraea from Malabaria by Johan Gerhard KönigKönig, Johan Gerhard
(1728-1785). Danish. Physician, born in
Polish Livonia. Private pupil of
Linnaeus in 1757. Visited Iceland. Went
to Tranquebar in India, to Thailand and
Ceylon. He died on his way to Tibet.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, he would like to have these too.

Last October Turra met Johan Jacob FerberFerber, Johan Jacob
(1743-1790). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Mitau, of mineralogy at St
Petersburg. Superintendent of the board
of mines, Berlin. Correspondent of
for the first time in Venice who will continue his journey through Italy. Turra and Ferber have become close friends.

Ferdinando BassiBassi, Ferdinando
(c.1710-1774). Italian. Director of the
botanical garden of Bologna.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
from Bologna is suffering from paralysis; he will hardly recover.

P.S. There is a calender of the flora of Vicenza for the year 1771.


a. original holograph (LS, XV, 432-433). [1] [2] [3]