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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4629 • Carl Linnaeus to Carlo Allioni, 31 March 1772 n.s.
Dated 1772 d. 31 Martii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Torino (Italia). Written in Latin.

Viro Celeberrimo,
D[omino] D[octori] Carol[o] Allionio,
Botanico Egregio,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linné.

Doluimus diutius fortunam Tuam. Nobis enim relatum fuit, nescio unde, Te ad aulam vocatum Archiatri munere functurum, adeoque abdicasse Floram magna cum jactura Rei herbariae. Valde itaque laetatus accepi tuas d[ie] 15 Februarii datas, ex quibus colligo Te ad minimum non ut Apostatam esse osorem Tui ordinis.

Loqueris de Synopsi method[ica] stirpium H[orti] R[egii] T[aurinensis] de libro a me numquam audito; perscribas mihi titulum. Libri Botanici ex Italia numquam apud nos occurrunt, ut, si ipse mihi eos gratiosissime non dedisses, numquam iis frui a me contigisset. Grates reddo similiter pro Auctuario, quod die nocteque avidissime desidero. Utinam hoc obtinerem, antequam ederem novam editionem tomi secundi systematis, quem nunc paro precibus typographi, a quo plures exemplaria desiderant, sed dudum priora distracta sunt.

Grates reddo ex toto corde pro Seminibus pulcherrimis. Utinam Cortusa, Anemone et excrescerent omnium desideratissimae! Metuo, quod frigus in itinere ea fregit, cum hyems apud nos fuit frigidius [sic] quam umquam per meam vitam.

Si habeas Stockholmiae ullum legatum Tibi notum, qui vellet Mantissam meam alteram ad Te mittere, ipsi mox tradam exemplar. Videbis in ea, quod convictus Linderniam tuam reliquerim sub tuo distincto genere. Videbis, quod Palma Cycas pertineat ad Filices, quod pulvis in aversa foliorum parte non est semen, nec anthera, sed pollen absque anthera nudum, in omnibus Filicibus.

Semina Linderniae, quae antea misisti, proh dolor, mihi non germinabant.

Si habeas Aristolochiae, Elephantopi, Tragiae semina, quae[so], des aliquot. Mitto aliquot pauca.

Ups[aliae] 1772 d[ie] 31 Martii.

Viro amplissimo
D[omino] D[octori] Carolo Allionio
Botanico Celeberrimo
Turin.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus reports that he had heard that Carlo AllioniAllioni, Carlo (1725-1804).
Italian. Professor of botany, Turin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had been appointed to the court as a doctor and that he had to leave the work on the flora [Linnaeus refers to the ongoing work with the Flora PedemontanaAllioni, Carlo Flora
Pedemontana, sive enumeratio methodica
stirpium indigenarum Pedemontii
, 3
vol. (Torino 1785).
, which was published in 1785]. Now, through the letter of 15 February 1772Letter L4623, he has understood that that was a false rumour, and he is very glad at that.

Linnaeus asks Allioni for details on the list of plants in the Turin garden [Linnaeus refers to the “Synopsis methodica stirpium horti Taurinensis”Allioni, Carlo “Synopsis
methodica stirpium horti Taurinensis”,
Mélanges de philosophie et de
mathématique de la
Société Royale de
Turin
(1760-1761), II, 48-76,
] which he says he never had seen [see Linnaeus to Allioni 8 August 1762Letter L3121]. On the whole, Linnaeus seldom sees new botanical books from Italy. In addition, Linnaeus hopes to receive the additions in time for the new edition of part 2 [Regnum vegetabile] of the Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
[there was no new edition, but Linnaeus handed over the manuscript to Johan Andreas MurrayMurray, Johan Andreas
(1740-1791). Swedish. Professor of
medicine and botany, Göttingen. Son
of Andreas Murray and brother of Adolph
Murray and Gustaf Murray. Half-brother
of Johann Philipp Murray. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
who published the Systema vegetabiliumLinnaeus, Carl Systema
vegetabilium secundum classes, ordines,
genera, species, cum characteribus et
differentiiis
, ed. J. A. Murray
(Göttingen, 1774). Soulsby no. 573.
].

Linnaeus thanks Allioni very much for seeds received but is afraid that they had suffered from the cold winter during the transport. Winter has been colder in Sweden than Linnaeus can remember.

Linnaeus wonders if Allioni can suggest somebody in Stockholm, to whom Linnaeus could send a copy of his Mantissa plantarum altera, 2nd ed.Linnaeus, Carl Mantissa
plantarum altera
(1766), 2nd ed.
(Stockholm 1771). Soulsby no. 312.
meant for Allioni. Linnaeus outlines some of the things that Linnaeus has published there, based on information from Allioni.

The Lindernia has not germinated. Linnaeus asks also for some other seeds.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (Accademia delle scienze, Torino, Carteggi Collection, Allioni´s letters, cart. 2708). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 47-48   p.47  p.48.