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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1505 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 29 November 1752 n.s.
Dated 18 Nov. 1752. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Min Kiäraste Broder.

Tack och tusende tack för Gmelins bok som nu återställes.

Gmelins sambling är rätt wacker. Kopparstickaren är ståtelig, figurerne äro elacke, giorde äfter torkade specimina. om Author lämnade at theoreticera och endast togo sine observationer, giorde han wähl, ty detta skadar hans wärk.

jag fick boken just i grefwens tid, då Statice skulle tryckas, at jag får alt som jag behöfwer; detta bör jag tacka M[in] K[iäre] B[ror] före.

i går fick jag ordres ifrån Hans M[ajeste]t at wara i stockholm d[ie] 17 decembris. K[iäre] B[ror] håller sine örter i parade till general mönstring, som då lärer blifwa ganska sträng.

jag förblifwer med alt estime

Min K[iäre] Broders
trognaste tienare C[arl] Linnaeus

Upsala d[ie] 18 Nov[embris]
1752.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck
Stockholm

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for the loan of Gmelin [Linnaeus means Johann Georg Gmelin’sGmelin, Johann Georg
(1709-1755). German. Voyager, botanist
and chemist. At the initiative of
empress Anna of Russia he spent ten
years (1733-1743) exploring Siberia. In
1749 he became professor of botany and
chemistry at Tübingen. Together
with his nephew Samuel Gottlieb he wrote
Flora Sibirica (1747-1769).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Flora SibiricaGmelin, Johann Georg Flora
Sibirica, sive Historia plantarum
Sibiriae
(St Petersburg 1747-1769).
; vol. II “1749” was published early in 1752], which is returned with this letter.

Gmelin’s collection is rather beautiful. The engraver is competent but the drawings are bad, done from dried specimens. Linnaeus wishes Gmelin had abstained from making theories and concentrated on presenting his observations. It would be better, for his theories lessen the value of the work.

Linnaeus got the book just in time, for Statice [a Linnaean genus name in the Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
was about to be printed. Now, Linnaeus has all he needs, and Bäck has the credit for that.

The day before, Linnaeus received a letter from the King [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] summoning him to Stockholm on December 17. Then, Linnaeus will go through Bäck’s herbarium, and he will be very rigid and exacting.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 196   p.196.