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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5139 • Giovanni Antonio Scopoli to Carl Linnaeus, 19 September 1775 n.s.
Dated 19. 7bris 1775. Sent from Banska-stiavnica (Slovenia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Celeberrimo Viro,
D[omino] D[octori] à LINNÉ,
Equiti de Stella polari &c.,
S[alutem] P[lurimam] D[icit]
Scopoli.

Iam a tanto tempore nihil de TE scio, et nunc demum audio TE male valere. Exclamavit olim David: “Servate mihi filium meum” et ego exclamo: “Superi, servate mihi totique Orbi litterario Linnaeum et eius quoque corpus immortale reddite!”

Egregius Discipulus tuus Murrey nunc apud me est, una cum D[omino] de Blumenfeld. Utinam et ego esse possem penes TE, tuoque colloquio, per dies saltem aliquos, frui, sed haec vota sunt, quorum ego, Maecenatum defectu, nunquam compos fieri potero!

Utinam brevi legere possem Tuas Plantas Surinamenses novaque Genera tua inserere Opusculo meo, cuius titulus, Primae lineae system[atis] Nat[urae] adfinitatibus corporum inaedificati, quod brevi edam!

Hisce vale, summe Vir, meque porro ama!

Dab[am] Schemnicii 19 septembris 1775.

Celeberr[imo] D[o]m[in]o Carolo à
LINNÉ
Equiti de stella polari
&c. &c.
Upsaliae.

upSUMMARY

Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has not heard from Linnaeus for a very long time. Recently, however, he was told that Linnaeus was ill, and he sends his wishes for Linnaeus’s recovery.

Scopoli is visited by Linnaeus’s pupil Adolf MurrayMurray, Adolph (1751-1803).
Swedish. Professor of anatomy and
surgery, Uppsala. Son of Andreas Murray
and brother of Johan Andreas Murray and
Gustaf Murray. Half-brother of Johann
Philipp Murray. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
together with a de Blumenfeld. He wishes he could visit Linnaeus for a couple of days, but he adds that that is impossible since he has no sponsor.

Scopoli is preparing a small elementary work on the system of nature [Scopoli refers to the Primae linneae systematis naturaeScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Primae linneae systematis naturae
adfinitatibus corporum inaedificatae

(Prague, 1766).
]. For that, he hopes to be able to use Linnaeus’s work on Surinam plants and take descriptions of new genders from there.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, XIV, 26). [1] [2]