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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1634 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 8 August 1753 n.s.
Dated 8 Augusti 1753. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Min Kiäreste Broder.

Min K[iäre] Broders öpna bref af d[en] 7 hujus sist ledne, har jag i dag öpnat utan att upbryta; ty jag ser at det går i stockholm liksom i upsala at då man har många jern i elden så brännas somblige; så giorde jag i wåras, så giorde M[in] Br[oder] nu.

jag ser ingen swårighet med arboretum utan at träden planteras då de begynna at blekna på bladerne, och sättas till häckar, som afgjordes med förra posten.

Deras Majesteter blifwa länge nog om de blifwa tills mitt i september på Drotningholm; men jag wågar mig ej dit för kopporne.

jag tackar för Bergii eloge; det är en stor heder för honom få ett sådant af sin President; ännu större förmon att hafwa sin Presidents gunst; som altid kan gagna.

men hwar skall jag få äller taga nog örter att fylla min K[iäre] Br[oders] nygirighet med; hwarföre ej resa sielf till upsala at sambla.

jag wågar mig ej till hofs med kopporne, ty måste jag wänta till sena hösten.

Ingen Landsman i Paris wet jag som kunne hänga äfter, om icke Baron Sparre. hwad Tu giör, så giör snart, jag är

Min Kiäreste Broders
lydigste tienare
C[arl] Linnaeus

Upsala d[en] 8 Augusti
1753

i hast; jag har De Geer och hans fru till giäst.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor
Baeck
Stockholm

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has received a letter from Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, dated August 7 [this letter has not come down to us], which he could open without breaking a seal. It seems that a letter without a seal can be sent, in Uppsala and in Stockholm. Linnaeus had happened to send an unsealed letter to Bäck in the spring.

Linnaeus has no difficulties with the arboretum except that the trees should be planted in the autumn, when their leaves begin fade as was discussed in the previous mail.

It will do if 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.
] and the Queen [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.
] stay at Drottningholm until the middle of September, but the smallpox makes Linnaeus unwilling to go there.

Linnaeus thanks Bäck for the eulogy over Petter Jonas BergiusBergius, Petter Jonas
(1730-1790). Swedish. Physician and
botanist. Professor of natural history
and pharmacy at Collegium Medicum,
Stockholm. Linnaeus’s student.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. It is a great honour for him to receive it from the president. It is an even greater advantage to be friends with this president, as Linnaeus is.

Linnaeus wonders where he shall get enough plants to satisfy Bäck’s curiosity over the garden. Linnaeus suggests that Bäck comes to Uppsala and fetches what he may need.

Linnaeus does not dare to go to the Court because of the smallpox. He will postpone it until late in the autumn.

Linnaeus does not know anybody in Paris to whom he could apply, except Carl Sparre Sparre, Carl (1723-1791).
Swedish. Baron. Military officer, public
officer and politician. Governor of the
province of Gävleborg 1763-1772, of
Stockholm from 1773, state councillor
1775.
, Linnaeus asks Bäck to act quickly, whatever he does.

P.S. Linnaeus comments that he writes in haste, as he has Charles De GeerDe Geer, Charles (1720-1778).
Swedish. Entomologist and natural
history collector, Leufsta Bruk. Member
of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
in Stockholm and Académie des
sciences, Paris. Corresponded with
Réaumur, Bonnet and other
naturalists. Husband of Catharina
Charlotta Ribbing and father of Emanuel
De Geer. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and his wife [Catharina Charlotta De GeerDe Geer, Catharina Charlotta
(1720-1787). Swedish. Wife of Charles
De Geer, mother of Emanuel De Geer. Born
Ribbing af Zernova.
] as guests.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 226-227   p.226  p.227.