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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1638 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 24 September 1753 n.s.
Dated 24 sept. 1753. Sent from () to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Min Kiäraste Broder.

Tack för brefwet. Är nu Merkel upläggare och ej Momman, äller huru hänger det tillhopa?

jag hade bref från tyskland i dag af en stor man, i hwilket så låter: Dominus de Haller ante discessum catalogum gottingensem adhuc edidit, opus Viro tanti nominis indignum, prodens omni occasione fastum suum.

jag arbetar med materia Medica om dagen, at få simplicia wähl upstälde för K[ong]l[iga] Collegium. en hop slutar jag uht; och så många tager in igen.

jag håller på att lära mine studenter de canadiske örter med deras kraf[t]. Phytolacca in Caacro, Collinsonia in Colica puerperarum, Satureja virginiana contra morsus serpentum, Aralia loco sarsaparillae, Monarda in Querquera, Diervillae in Siphilitide &c.

far wähl
min Bästa Broder, jag är Eder
L[ydigste] och T[rogne]
Linnaeus

d[en]24 sept[ember] 1753

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 a letter [this letter has not come down to us].

Linnaeus wonders if it is Merkel [Jacob MerckellMerckell, Jacob (d. 1763).
Swedish. Bookprinter in Stockholm
1747-1759.
] or Peter MommaMomma, Peter Swedish. Printer
and publisher, Stockholm.
who will print the work he has just finished [Linnaeus refers to the Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici RegisLinnaeus, Carl Museum S:ae
R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis
Suecorum [...] in quo animalia rariora
imprimis et exotica: quadrupedia, aves,
amphibia, pisces, insecta, vermes
describuntur et determinantur, Latine et
Suetice cum iconibus
(Stockholm
1754).
].

Linnaeus had received a letter from a prominent person in Germany [Otto von MünchhausenMünchhausen, Otto von
(1716-1774). German. Chancellor of
Göttingen University. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
], who had reported [von Münchhausen to Linnaeus, 1 September 1753Letter L1649 ] that Haller had published a catalogue of the garden in Göttingen before he left [Linnaeus refers to the Enumeratio plantarum horti regii et agri GottingensisHaller, Albrecht von
Enumeratio plantarum horti regii et
agri Gottingensis aucta et emendata

(Göttingen, 1753).
], a work that was unworthy of a man with his reputation, and a witness only to his insolence.

Linnaeus is working with materia medica every day. He is making a neat arrangement of the simple plants for the Collegium MedicumCollegium Medicum, Swedish.
The Swedish Board of Physicians,
originally Collegium medicorum, in
Stockholm, was founded in 1663.
. He excludes a lot but includes others.

Linnaeus is teaching his students the Canadian herbs and their effects, such as Phytolacca against cancer, Collinsonia in gastric disorders, Satureia virginiana against bites of snakes, Aralia instead of Sarsaparilla, Monarda in shivers, Diervillae in syphilis, etc.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 230-231   p.230  p.231.