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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1720 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 1 February 1754 n.s.
Dated 1 febr. 1754.. Sent from Umeå (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Amplissimo,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
Archiatro Regio,
Regii Collegii Medici Praesidi,
pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus]Linnaeus.

Quod integre sanitati restitutus sis ex animo laetor.

In agone fere jam constituta est filiola mea dulcissima, minima natu, ingenio et lepore coaetaneas omnes superans. Totam noctem insomnem duxi, ut ejus oculos clauderem, cum signa mortis omnia insurrexerant, uti pulsus intermittens, spasmus cynicus, respiratio stertorosa, stragilectio, lingua et labia exusta, oculi calligantes depressi. Superata aurora incepit paullo liberius respirare; quae fient futura nocte cum horrendo metu praesagio.

Quae olim mihi in cubili Tuo sub nocte narrabas de filio aliquo naturali, propalavit ille, de quo quaeris (uti hic rumor est), et quod hoc Holmia habuerit refert.

D[ominus] Rosen erit procul dubio Holmiae; noctu urbem peragravit non salutata propria domo; alii ferunt eum petiturum licentiam a munere sub vicariatu generi; alii quod aderit vocationi ad praefecturam camerae ferreae.

Plura non vacat referre, moerore confectus ob filiam dulcissimam.

Upsaliae d[ie] 1 febr[uarii]
1754.

Archiatren/
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck/
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus is glad that Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
has recovered from his illness.

Linnaeus’s youngest daughter [Sara Christina LinnaeaLinnaea, Sara Christina
(1751-1835). Swedish. Daughter of Carl
Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Sister of Carl Linnaeus the Younger and
of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa and
Sophia Linnaea.
] is severely ill, and Linnaeus had been awake all night expecting her to die. There had been every sign of it, but eventually, she had begun to breathe a little more freely. Linnaeus fears for what the following night may bring.

Bäck had spoken to Linnaeus secretely of somebody as a natural son. Now, Linnaeus had heard the same quite openly from the man in question, who also told that he had heard it from Stockholm.

Nils Rosén von RosénsteinRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
was undoubtedly in Stockholm and walked around in the city all night without visiting his own house. Some say he was about to ask for leave of absence, others that he was expecting to be nominated head of the Swedish Ironmasters’Association [Järnkontoret].

Linnaeus can not write any more, since he is too worried about his daughter.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 255   p.255.