Domenico Vandelli to Carl Linnaeus,
17 May 1773 n.s.
L4841. Domenico VandelliDomenico Vandelli (1735-1816). Italian.
Domenico VandelliVandelli, Domenico (1735-1816).
The Marquis of Pombal also chose new professors and got rid of the old ones. Vandelli himself was appointed Professor of Natural History and Chemistry, but was allowed to keep the leadership of the Lisbon Botanical garden. In addition, Vandelli had donated his Lisbon museum to the University and had decided to transfer his second museum, still in Padua, to Coimbra.
The Marquis of Pombal had also decided to use some ground for a botanical garden, and the Jesuit college was to be changed into a palace for nature with laboratories, medical facilities and much more. The situation is especially good for medical treatment, due to the pleasant climate. However, much work had to be done to clean the subterranean basements of the old buildings of all the filth that the Jesuits had assembled.
On May 13, there had been a formal ceremony, when the cornerstone had been laid for the new constructions, and a memorial tablet had been set up. The Marquis of Pombal had been the object of praise from all the assembly, the city, the nobility, and even the clergy.
Vandelli expresses his satisfaction with the development and admits that Linnaeus is lucky to live in a country where the religious societies are not powerful. But now, due to The Marquis of Pombal and his mandate from the king [Joseph IJoseph I, (1714-1777).
On this occasion, Vandelli had given a lecture, influenced by Linnaeus’s methods and system. The general content of that lecture is outlined.
For the future, all specimens and signs on the progress of natural history from the whole of the realm, also Brazil, Africa and the Isles, shall be delivered to Coimbra, from where much important news in these areas is to be expected.
Joseph BanksBanks, Joseph (1743-1820).