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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1765 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 10 May 1754 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. 10 Maji.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amplissimo BAECKIO
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Exspecto avide dies istos, quibus tabellarius adfert literas, unice ut tecum confabulari liceat, quamvis saepe adferat saepe minus grata; quoties illud fit, toties etiam Te, Amicissime Baeck, quasi coram intueor.

Misi quae potui semina, et puto Te obtinuisse varia pulchra et egregia, longe plura quam quae petiisti; nonnulla autem desideras, quae in hortis perennes vim frigoris eludunt, adeoque nec semina leguntur ab hortulano.

Studiosi auditores publici inundant quotidie Hortum, ut numquam habuerim plures, forte nec alius Professor ullus; hodie numerati fuere auditores 250 circiter. Doceo quae patriae proficua et communi saluti.

Utinam Pot[entissimus] Rex me non vocaret, antequam Lectiones essent finitae; alias cessabit opus cum dolere auditorum.

Incipit uterque Typographus festinare opus, ut vix sufficiam.

Nobis omnibus gratissimum, quod D[omi]na Schönström convalescat .

Pulcherrimas profecto literas habui a D[omino] Kaehler, qui Te, ut debet, salutat verbis devotissimis; has attente lege[re] decet circa ferias pentecostes.

Studiosi nostri Medici valde dolent absentem suum Apollinem D[ominum] Rosen.

Quando advenerit cista a D[omino] Kaehler missa, non deberet aperiri me absente, cum sint in ea varia parva corpuscula, sed magni ponderis.

Vera Jalappa excrevit e seminibus, cujus tantum frustulum florum antea habui, a Mirabili plane distincta species.

Deus Te servet incolumem!

Dabam Upsaliae 1754 d[ie] 10 Maji.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus looks forward eagerly to the days when mail arrives, just in order to seem to talk to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
. Linnaeus admits however that the news is sometimes bad.

Linnaeus has sent Bäck seeds, and he thinks that Bäck has received a nice set of flowers, more than he had asked for. Bäck had also asked for some perennials, but the gardener did not collect seeds from those since they endure the cold of the winter.

Linnaeus has had about 250 listeners to his lecture in the garden that day, which is more than any other professor. He teaches things that are good for the country and for public health.

Linnaeus hopes he will not be summoned to 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.
] before his series of lectures is finished.

Both the printers have started to work, and Linnaeus can almost not keep an even pace with them.

Mrs Schönström [Ulrika SchönströmSchönström, Ulrika
(1694-1757). Swedish. Senior lady to
the Royal household. Wife of
lieutenant-colonel Albrecht
Schönström. Born Adlersten.
] is recovering, which pleases Linnaeus.

Linnaeus has had a nice letter from Mårten KählerKähler, 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.
[presumably Kähler to Linnaeus, 10 April 1754Letter L1749], which Bäck will see at Whitsuntide.

The students are very sorry that 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.
is away.

Linnaeus warns Bäck not to open a box that will arrive from Kähler until Linnaeus is present, since it contains different small but very important items.

Linnaeus has got a specimen of Jalappa from seeds. Before, he just had small parts of its flowers.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 276-277   p.276  p.277.