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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1762 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 14 May 1754 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. 14 maj.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amico integerrimo,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Ut consilio Tuo obtemperaren, qui mihi in secundis solatio, in adversis auxilio fuisti semper constantissimo, hodie ad Illustrissimum senatorem literas dedi.

Credideram, me numquam poenas luere pro ignavia, nunc autem hanc ob causam vapulor; at bonus Matthesius inculpatus procedit. Quid properasse juvat, quid pauca dedisse quieti tempora, quid nocti conseruisse diem, si semel hic standum est?

Accepi iterum schedulam a domino Holm, Consule de Cette, qui iterata vice misit Pisces et plantas et conchas pro serenissima Regina; si poteris hanc ostendere S[erenissimae] Reginae, et dein dare d[omi]no Bar[oni] Horn, bene facis; caeterum tradas D[omi]no Mareschallo Horn propriis manibus.

Non possum mittere litteras Kaehleri ob certas causas, quas videbis coram.

Te salutat uxor mea.

Ter vive felix! Tabellarius discedit.

Dabam Upsaliae 1754 d[ie] 14 maj[i].

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Following advice from Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, Linnaeus has sent Anders Johan von von HöpkenHöpken, Anders Johan von
(1712-1789). Swedish. Count and
statesman. One of the founders of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.The
Chancellor of the Uppsala University
1760-1764. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
a letter.

Linnaeus had not expected to have to apologize for being lazy, but he does, quoting a passage from Ovidius. In that context, he again refers to Gabriel MathesiusMathesius, Gabriel (1705-1772).
Swedish. Professor of theology,
Uppsala.
.

Linnaeus has received a list from Christian HolmHolm, Christian Swedish.
Consul, Sêté.
in Sête, who has again sent specimens to 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.
]. Bäck should show it to the Queen and then give it personally to Gustaf Jacob Horn af RantzienHorn af Rantzien, Gustaf Jacob
(1706-1756). Swedish. Nobleman. Civil
servant, chamberlain and marshal of the
court. Executed after the conspiracy
against the Swedish parliament in 1756.
.

Linnaeus is unable to send Mårten Kähler’sKähler, Mårten
(1728-1773). Swedish. Physician, orator
and poet. Studied under Linnaeus and
Nils Rosén von Rosenstein. Served
as physician of the admirality at
Karlskrona. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letter [presumably Kähler to Linnaeus,10 April 1754Letter L1749], and he will explain the reasons when they meet.

Linnaeus’s wife [Sara Elisabet LinnaeaMoraea, Sara Elisabet
(1716-1806). Swedish. Linnaeus’s wife.
Daughter of Johan Moraeus and Elisabet
Hansdotter Moraea. Mother of Carl
Linnaeus the Younger and of Elisabeth
Christina, Louisa, Sara Christina and
Sophia Linnaea.
] sends her regards to Bäck. Linnaeus has to finish, since the mail is about to leave.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 277-278   p.277  p.278.