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Link: • Casimiro Gomez de Ortega to Carl Linnaeus, 30 January 1772 n.s.
Dated III. Kalend. Februar. MDCCLXXII. Sent from Madrid (Spain) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Casimiro Gomez de OrtegaOrtega, Casimiro Gomez de
(1740-1818). Spanish. Professor of
botany, Madrid. Correspondent of
tells Linnaeus that he is doubtless familiar with the fact that he, as a young man, was sent by an admirer of Linnaeus, the founder of the Botanical Garden of Madrid, to Italy to study for Gaetano Monti [Ortega means Giuseppe MontiMonti, Guiseppe (1682-1760).
Italian. Professor at Bologna.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] and Ferdinando BassiBassi, Ferdinando
(c.1710-1774). Italian. Director of the
botanical garden of Bologna.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Ortega’s uncle [José OrtegaOrtega, José (?-1761).
Spanish. Military pharmacist of the
Spanish army. Secretary of the Academy
of Medicine of Madrid. Correspondent of
], had hoped that Ortega would return to Madrid when he was still alive and succeed one of the professors of the Botanical Garden. However, Ortega’s uncle died before Ortega became doctor of medicine. Ortega then returned and found that everything had changed for the worse. When José Quer y MartinezQuer y Martinez, José
(1695-1764). Spanish. Professor of
Botany, Madrid.
died in 1764, Linnaeus recommended Ortega to Jeronimo, marquis of GrimaldiGrimaldi, Jeronimo, marquis of
(1720-1786). Spanish. Spanish
ambassador in Stockholm.
, who is now a minister. Linnaeus recommendation had the weight it deserved. However, people envious of Ortega persuaded the King [Carlos III de BorbónCarlos III de Borbón,
(1716-1788). Spanish. King of Spain.
Reigned from 1759-1788.
] to refer the professorship to a public competition. The outcome of this competition was that Miguel BarnadesBarnades, Miguel (?-1771).
Spanish. Botanist. Personal physician of
Carlos III, Madrid. Correspondent of
was suggested. However, the King remembered Ortega’s merits and ordered Ortega to succeed the dead professor for the time being. Unfortunately, Juan MinuartMinuart, Juan (1693-1768).
Spanish. Botanist and pharmacist.
has also died. Ortega entreats Linnaeus to recommend him to Grimaldi and the physician-in-ordinary Mucius ZonaZona, Mucius Italian.
Physician-in-ordinary to the Spanish
. Mucius was born and educated in Naples.

Ortega is ashamed to have to ask these favours of Linnaeus. Ortega suggests Linnaeus writes to Daniel ScheidenburgScheidenburg, Daniel (1720-?).
Swedish. Clergyman. Studied under
Linnaeus. Chaplain at the Swedish
legation in Madrid. Copied Pehr
Löfling’s manuscripts.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
to inquire whether there is anybody more proper than Ortega to become professor of botany. If there should be such a man, Linnaeus is free to recommend him instead.

Ortega sends Linnaeus twenty-four seeds. He will also send a catalogue of the Garden that he has written. He sends his regards to 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


a. original holograph (LS, XI, 272-273). [1] [2] [3]