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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4817 • Giovanni Antonio Scopoli to Carl Linnaeus, 13 March 1773 n.s.
Dated 13. Martii 1773. Sent from Banska-stiavnica (Slovenia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Magno et incomparabili Linnaeo
Nestoreos dies d[icit]
J[oannes] Scopoli.

Cum Schreberus ad Te non miserit aere meo redemptum Exemplar Florae meae, en novum, una cum Anno V. et P. 2. Dissertationum mearum. His addidi Opusculum mineralogicum.

Quaeso, Vir Ill[ustrissime], ne male feras, quod libere dicam, quae sentio. Neminem mortalium Te magis amo et veneror; hinc, ne contradicendi puritu quidquam a me dictum putes, obsecro, memorque sis effati illius Halleriani in Bibliot[heca] Botanica ad me spectantis autoritatem non veretur. Tabulae novae Insectorum postea nullae prodierunt, mala fide iniqui Typographi Trattneri, quem nullo modo inducere possum, ut inceptum opus absolvat. Feci ego quae potui et Entomologiae patriae litavi omnia Insecta, quae descripsi, cum Viennae omnia perierint vel distracta fuerint. Iam taedet me laborum omnium, cum studiis apud nos proficere non liceat, imo a Camera aulica minerali prohibitum nobis fuerit, ne quid amplius in Regno lapideo publici iuris fiat sine consensu Camerae seu hominum, qui rectum de his iudicium ferre nequeunt. Jacquinius, qui olim amicus meus erat, nunc nihil de me scire vult, et studia mea omni modo opprimit. Systema tuum Naturae, si prodierit, quaeso, me moneas. Rogo etiam, ut semina Plantarum D[omin]o Ferbero mittas pro me, quae ab illo demum accipiam.

Hisce vale, Vir Celeberrime, et porro me ama!

Schemnitzii 13 Martii 1773.

upSUMMARY

Since Johann Christian Daniel von SchreberSchreber, 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.
had not forwarded the copy of the Flora Carniolica, 2nd editionScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Flora Carniolica exhibens plantas
Carnioliae indigenas et distributas in
classes, genera, species, varietatis,
ordine Linnaeano
(1760), I-II, 2nd
edition (Vienna 1771-1772).
Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends another and adds also volume 5 of his series AnnusScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Annus historico-naturalis, 5 vol.
(Leipzig, 1769-1772).
, and his treatise on mineralogy [Einleitung zur Kenntniss und Gebrauch der FossilienScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Einleitung zur Kenntniss und Gebrauch
der Fossilien
(Riga 1769).
].

Scopoli stresses again the great importance that Linnaeus has meant to him. He considers Linnaeus to be his greatest idol. As Scopoli fears Linnaeus will take offense if he has another opinion than Linnaeus, he reminds him of what Albrecht von HallerHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
said about Scopoli in his Bibliotheca botanicaHaller, Albrecht von
Bibliotheca botanica. Qua scripta ad
rem herbariam facientia a rerum initiis
recensentur
, I-II (Zürich
1771-1772).
.

There have been no new prints of insects, due to the infidelity of the publisher Johann Thomas von TrattnerTrattner, Johann Thomas von
(1717-1798). Austrian. Printer,
publisher in Vienna.
who can not bring the project to an end. Scopoli has done his part, but the result of that work has been destroyed in Vienna. Scopoli is in low spirits, and he is tired of everything. He has even been prohibited by a Court commission on minerals to publish anything on minerals without the permission of the commission, the members of which are unable to make fair decisions.

Joseph von Nicolaus Joseph, baron von JacquinJacquin, 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.
, who used to be Scopoliís friend, does not want to have anything to do with Scopoli any longer, and he combats Scopoli in all ways.

Scopoli wants to know when the new edition of the Systema naturae is being issued [there was no new edition]. Seeds could be sent to Scopoli through Johann 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
Linnaeus.
, who will forward them.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, XIV, 25). [1] [2]