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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1096 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, February? 1750 n.s.
Dated . Sent from ? () to ? (). Written in Swedish.

Min Kiäreste Broder.

Tack för brefvet.

Wallerius är nu i Stockholm; jag befalte honom att taga boken med sig; det han ock säkert lofwade.

at Narwal skall gifwas med cornu non spirali, det tror jag aldeles intet mer, än att kräfta skall gifwas cornu non articulato.

Kiäre tänk ej på hufwud quaestion med den som lärer knapt ägt nogot. utan lär honom wetta hut att angripa honett och lärdt folk som sielf ej kan räkna radios på en enda fisk, och doch will wara ichthyologus.

jag misunner intet wår nya Zoologus sin merite. jag will komma en annor gång. han är intet plagiarais af mig.

Balsamum Thomaeum, Balsamum viride, Oleum Mariae är ett och samma; men af hwad träd det kommer är oss än obekant.

Lvckelig restitution från frossan.

Vale. nu har jag inclistrat 700 nya örter som jag fått förledit åhr utifrån.

Min K[iäre] Broders
trogne
C[arl] L[innaeus]

Kongl[ige]Lif[medicus
Wälborne H[err]
H[err] Doctor
fr[ij]br[ef]

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for a letter [this letter has not come down to us].

Johan Gottschalk WalleriusWallerius, Johan Gottschalk
(1709-1785). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Uppsala.
has gone to Stockholm, and Linnaeus had asked him to take the volume with him [Linnaeus refers to Jacob Theodor Klein’sKlein, Jacob Theodor
(1685-1759). German. Naturalist,
Dresden and Danzig. Director of the
Danziger Naturforscher-Gesellschaft. One
of Linnaeus’s opponents. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
part 5 of “Missus”, Historiae piscium naturalis promovendae missus primus-quintusKlein, Jacob Theodor
Historiae piscium naturalis
promovendae missus primus-quintus
, 5
vols. (Danzig, 1740-1749).
], which he promised to do.

Linnaeus does not think that a narwhal should be drawn with a tooth that does not have spirals. It is as absurd as drawing a crayfish with horns without joints.

Linnaeus thinks Bäck should try to teach the man, who does not know how to count the radios in a single fish and still wants to be an ichthyologist, that he should not attack and offend honest and learned scholars.

Linnaeus thinks that the author of Historia animalium has earned his reputation. He has not stolen from Linnaeus [Linnaeus refers to the publishing of Magnus Orrelius’sOrrelius, Magnus (1717-1794).
Swedish. Author and translator.
Historia animalium, eller Beskrifning öfwer diur riketOrrelius, Magnus Historia
animalium, eller Beskrifning öfwer
diur riket
(Stockholm, 1750).
, published anonymously, which Linnaeus erroneously thought was a pirated edition of his own lectures].

Balsamum Thomaeum, Balsamum viride and Oleum Mariae are separate names of the same thing. However, Linnaeus does not know from what tree it comes.

Linnaeus hopes that Bäck has recovered from his fever.

Linnaeus has mounted 700 new dried plant specimens which he had received from abroad during the preceding year.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original (KVA). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 115-116   p.115  p.116.