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Link: • Domenico Vandelli to Carl Linnaeus, 2 September 1767 n.s.
Dated 2 septi: 1767. Sent from Lisboa (Portugal) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Domenico VandelliVandelli, Domenico (1735-1816).
Italian. Physician and botanist. Left
for Portugal in 1764, where he was a
professor at the university of Coimbra.
He was the founder of Ajuda botanical
garden in Lisboa and of the Coimbra
botanical garden, where he was also the
first director (1773-1791).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for his letter [Linnaeus to Vandelli, 15 July 1767Letter L3933]. He is pleased to hear that Linnaeus has recovered.

Vandelli can not arrange for the engravings to be done because of the high cost in Italy. However, competent craftsmen for the job can be found in Italy.

Vandelli comments on Linnaeusís observations of the fungi and wants to receive the dissertation [Vandelli refers to the Dissertatio academica mundum invisibilem breviter delineaturaLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
academica mundum invisibilem breviter
, diss., resp. J. C. Roos
(Uppsala, 1767). Soulsby no. 2348.

Vandelli thanks Linnaeus for including his small observations into the new edition of Systema naturae [Vandelli refers to the Systema naturae , 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
]. He is also very flattered by having got a species named after him.

The flora makes progress [Vandelli refers to his work with the Florae lusitanicae et brasiliensis specimenVandelli, Domenico Florae
lusitanicae et brasiliensis specimen et
epistolae ab eruditis viris Carolo a
Linné, Antonio De Haen ad
Dominicum Vandelli scriptae
], and Vandelli will soon send Linnaeus some species from that material and from material sent by Joseph BanksBanks, Joseph (1743-1820).
British. Naturalist, president of the
Royal Society. Together with Daniel
Solander he took part in Cookís first
voyage. Correspondent of Linnaeus.

Vandelli wishes that he could visit Brazil and send Linnaeus plants from there.

Vandelli has a question about Dracaena Vandellii and promises to send Linnaeus seeds of Sibthorpia and a new specimen of Erythrina, but that will only be in the following year.

Vandelli gives two descriptions of reptiles found near Lisbon.

Vandelli reports that the study of natural history is increasing in Portugal. The inventory will eventually appear. In between, it has been decided that a botanical greenhouse shall be established, and Vandelli asks Linnaeus to send contributions to the holdings of that establishment. Especially, Vandelli asks for copies of Linnaeusís printed works, publications by Linnaeusís pupils and samples of Swedish minerals to be used there, and Vandelli is eager to manage the payment in a safe and easy way.


a. original holograph (LS, XVI, 85-86). [1] [2] [3]