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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1717 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 19 February 1754 n.s.
Dated 19 febr. 1754. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Amplissimo,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
Praesidi Reg[ii] Coll[egii] Medici,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus]Linnaeus.

Litteras Tuas multo cum dolore perlegi, de statu nostro politico. Hic ubique rumor, fremitus, mendacia, minae et dira praesagia mussitantur. Dii Meliora!

Laetor autem sub hisce malis omnibus, quod a Te resciverim caussam frigiditatis; certe si a me quaerant aliquando, num hoc sit verum, pleno ore asseram. Ego dolui et omnes per totum regnum Medici et dolebunt, quamdiu Medicina sit scientia, genere humano necessaria.

Credas me, certe non venturum, nisi jussus.

In Museo Regio non debui tradere alia quam visa; non debui dare opus compilatum aliorum sententiis, saepius fabulis, quas futurus dies videbit. Non debui scribere vulgo, sed in arte Doctis. Nec potui ego, nec alius in Europa describere mores piscium, Serpentum reliquorumque animalium numquam per Europam visorum; nec dignum satis aniles fabulas, nautarumque nugas inserere operi.

Restituo syngrapham, quam Inspector stipendii suis actis inseruit, ut pecuniae justo tempore reddantur hujus possessori, nec alii ulli; sic fides erit possessori, cuicunque hanc loco aeris tradas.

Sereni dies et tepidi solis radii incepere plantas Hybernaculi e veterno suo resuscitare, iisque novam vitam infundere.

Te servet D[eus] T[er] O[ptimus] incolumem, ut evites Medusae angues iisque nocentiores linguas.

Nihil in hisce terris novi.

Dabam
Upsaliae d[ie] 19 febr[uarii] 1754.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has read a letter [this letter has not come down to us] from Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
with great pain, since it described the political situation as far from satisfactory. Rumours, lies and menace are everywhere.

However, Linnaeus has understood why Bäck had been so cool for some time, and he is glad to know. Linnaeus, like all medical practitioners in the country, is sorry and will be so, since medicine is a science necessary to everybody.

Linnaeus will not come to Bäck unless Bäck asks him.

In the publication on the Royal museum [Linneus refers to the Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis SuecorumLinnaeus, 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 has not been willing to include what he has not seen, and he has refused to report untrue or fabulous reports given by others. He has not written for the great public but as a scholar. Neither Linnaeus nor anybody else in Europe has been able to describe the lives of animals that had not been seen in Europe, and you can not include the fables and tales of sailors in such a work.

Linnaeus returns a paper that would entitle the bearer to receive money due from a certain source at the proper time.

The weather has been clear and warmer for some days, which has begun to give new life to the plants after the winter.

Linnaeus hopes Bäck will be unhurt by the evil snakes of Medusa and their tongues, which are still more harmful.

Nothing new has happened around Uppsala.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 257   p.257.