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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1721 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 25 March 1754 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. martii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amplissimo Viro,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus.

Si D[ominus] Hagström obtinuerit munus medici ordinarii per Ostrogothiam, hoc iterum Tibi omnino unice debet, qui ineffabili desiderio et oblectamento bonos Tuos cultores et curiosos omnes promoves; uti D[ominus] Hagström a multis retro annis mihi amicus fuit, ita et par est, quod plurimas Tibi referam grates pro hoc egregio Tuo facinore.

Doleo, quod infinitis distractus negotiis non potuerim respondere Collinsono ad ultimas ejus literas, quibus varia botanica con¬fusa inseruit.

Videbo, qua ratione potero Tabulas connectere. Sperabam, dum inceperamus opus, plures figuras posse addi et inseri majoribus philyris et chartis spatio vacuis, quod tamen factum non fuit; et eodem tamen pretio fieri potuerat.

Ego non possum venire ante 8vam aprilis, neque tum facile, nisi a Rege clementissimo jussus. Forte potero omnia absolvere domi, si tabulae accedant.

Mortuus hic est pictor academiae ordinarius, ubi accipiendus est alter, qui majori industria poterit plantas et animalia pingere. Ab eo tempore enim, quo iste, qui nuper decessit, introductus fuit, ego nullam figuram plantae rarioris acquirere potui.

Privatim doceo de Amphibiis, coram spectatissima corona auditorum, quibus ita referta est Domus, ut vix sufficiat locus, invitis invidis et ringentibus adversariis.

Annon aliqua tabula deberet praefigi operi s[ive] titulo, uti solet apud exteros, in omni opere nitidiori? Si posses de hac re loqui cum serenissimo, res esset exoptatissima.

Annon velit sereniss[imus] Rex, quod tabulae suis locis inserantur, vel etiam quod operi adjiciantur ad finem?

Ter vale, amicorum dulcissime, qui sine dubio cum aula praedia adeas!

D[abam] Upsaliae 1754 d[ie] martii.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck
Stockholm

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus is glad that Johan Otto HagströmHagström, Johan Otto
(1716-1792). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Linnaeus’s student. Linnaeus
wrote the introduction to his Pan
apum
(1768), on bee-pollinated
flowers. He was one of the tutors of
Carl Linnaeus the Younger. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
, an old friend of them both, has been appointed provincial medical officer in Östergötland, and he thanks Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for his services in that matter.

Linnaeus regrets that he has not had time to answer Peter CollinsonCollinson, Peter (1694-1768).
British. Merchant and amateur naturalist
in London, corresponded with many
scientists. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[presumably Collinson to Linnaeus, 20 september 1753Letter L1641].

Linnaeus is not sure how he can combine text and plates in publications. He had hoped that he could add illustrations to some sheets afterwards, which could have been done at the same price, but that had not been accomplished.

Linnaeus cannot come and see Bäck before April 8, unless 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.
] wants him to come. He might be able to finish the work at home, if he gets the illustrations finished.

The painter of the University [Carl Gustaf ReimersReimers, Carl Gustaf (-1754).
Swedish. Painter, Uppsala University.
] has died, and another, who can paint plants and animals more industriously, has to be found and appointed. During the time, when the man who just died had the post, Linnaeus has not got one plate of a rare plant made.

Linnaeus has a series of private lectures on amphibians. The listeners are so numerous that the room can hardly take them all, and this does not please his enemies.

Linnaeus wonders if there should be a plate before the title page in every more elegant scientific publication. If Bäck could ask for the King’s opinion, Linnaeus would be grateful. Maybe the King wanted all plates to be in their proper places in the book or, maybe, placed at the end [Linnaeus refers to the forthcoming 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).
]?

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnés arkiv). [1] [2] [3] [4]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 266-267   p.266  p.267.