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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1620 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 3 July 1753 n.s.
Dated 1753 d. 3 julii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Min K[iäre] Broder.

Tack M[in] K[iäre] Br[oder] som ej sade mig att hennes M[ajeste]t war så illa siuk, för än jag tillika fick wetta at Hennes M[ajeste]t kommit sig aldeles före. Gudi lof.

Afläg min underdånigsta tacksäjelse för fröen; är det någon, wån, så skola de gro, fast de komma nog sent at läggas under alles wår höna.

jag aflade min upwachtning sista postdag, men alt för hastigt.

jag wäntar Profess[or] Kalm hit om en äller twå weckor.

får jag den nåden se Herr Praesidem i mina låga hyddor? men här wankar inga konga tractamenter.

Lef säll och beständig dens gynnare, som är

Min K[iäre] Broders
lydigste tienar[e]
C[arl] Linnaeus

1753 d[en] 3 julii
Upsala

jag log åht Lunaria aegyptiaca; alla örterne wisnade för mig, utom en enda, ty tog jag mig litet argilla nilotica och strödde omkring henne, straxt quicknade hon och fick nytt lif af modersmiölken.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Beck
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 not having informed him about the Queen’s [Lovisa UlrikaLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] serious illness until she had completely recovered. [The letter, to which this is a reply, has not come down to us].

Linnaeus asks Bäck to forward his thanks for the seeds he received. Linnaeus is sure they will grow if they are given by a friend, although they have arrived too late to be sown in benches this year.

Linnaeus had sent a letter to Bäck by the last mail, but it was a hasty one.

Linnaeus expects Pehr KalmKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in a week or two.

Linnaeus asks Bäck if he plans to come to Uppsala and visit him. However, Linnaeus cannot offer the same hospitality as that given at the Court.

P.S. Linnaeus reports that Lunaria aegyptiaca had made him happy. All his specimens had withered except one, but he treated that by strewing some argilla nilotica round it. It had recovered immediately.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 220   p.220.