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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1484 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 3 November 1752 n.s.
Dated 23 octobr 1752. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Min Kiäreste Broder

Lätt mig med nästa post få den fägnaden at höra M[in] K[iäre] B[roder] blifwit Regii Collegii Praeses. jag skall därföre bryta halsen af någre Boutellier win, och dricka något med, fast det skulle kosta en migraine.

jag har haft bref af Cunon i Amsterdam, med hans werser; af Munchhausen med någre torkade örter; älliest föga.

Här säges at D[octor] Wahlbom skal wara död, men det kan och will jag ej tro. Det skulle giöra mig rätt ondt. lät mig wetta det här näst.

Om tisdag reser en student, med hwilken Rolander öfwersänder de örter han uptorkat.

jag har nu så händerne fulle af publique och private lectioner, consistorier och tryck at jag ej får se upp, för goda dagar, et ne Diabolus nos otiosos reperiat.

jag förblifwer med alt uprichtigt estime
Min K[iäre] Broder
lydigste tienare
C. Linnaeus.

Upsala d 23 octobr
1752

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jag gratulerar till hushållet, men hwar är fruen? non quae soletur, non quae labentia tarde tempora narrando fallet amica adest.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck
Stockholm

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus wants to hear by the next mail that Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
has become president of the Collegium medicumCollegium Medicum, Swedish.
The Swedish Board of Physicians,
originally Collegium medicorum, in
Stockholm, was founded in 1663.
. Then, Linnaeus will open some bottles of wine and even drink some, although it will cost him a headache.

Linnaeus has received letters from Johann Christian CunoCuno, Johann Christian
(1708-1790). German. Poet, botanist and
merchant. He made a fortune in the West
Indies and settled in Holland where he
kept a botanical garden. The later years
of his life were spent in Weingarten,
near Durlach in Germany. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
[the only preserved letter from Cuno to Linnaeus, written in 1752, was dated 1 May 1752Letter L1415], in Amsterdam and from Otto von MünchhausenMünchhausen, Otto von
(1716-1774). German. Chancellor of
Göttingen University. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
[Münchhausen to Linnaeus, 7 October 1752Letter L1495], who sent some dried specimens of plants.

Linnaeus has heard a rumour that Johan Gustaf WahlbomWahlbom, Johan Gustaf
(1724-1808). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Studied at Uppsala under
Linnaeus, anatomy, surgery and
obstretics at Wittenberg. Provincial
physician at Kalmar. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
was dead. Linnaeus does not want to believe it, for it would hurt him. He wants to know what is true [Linnaeus was misinformed, Wahlbom died in 1808].

Next Tuesday, a student will leave for Stockholm, and he will bring with him the plants that Daniel RolanderRolander, Daniel (1725-1793).
Swedish. Naturalist and explorer.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Went to Surinam in 1755-1756.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has prepared for Bäck.

Linnaeus is very busy with public and private lectures, with meetings of the Board of the University Uppsala Universitets konsistoriumUppsala Universitets konsistorium,
Swedish. The Consistorium [Board]
of Uppsala University.
and with supervising printings. He has to be careful with his time and take care that the Devil does not find him idle.

P. S. Linnaeus congratulates Bäck on his household, but he asks where Bäck’s wife is. He cannot accept that Bäck is living without a woman to console him and help him to relax in his spare time.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnés arkiv). [1] [2] [3] [4]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 190-191   p.190  p.191.

upTEXTUAL NOTES

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