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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1772 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, June 1754 n.s.
Dated . Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Excellentissimo,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Commiseratione omni dignus est D[ominus] Kaehler, cujus res domesticae semper periclitantur; ille tamen satis bonus est observator.

Ejus Polypus me judice non modo meretur locum inter Eruditorum Holmensium observationes, sed et ipse maximam laudem, qui attendit ad minutissima, quae a plerisque eruditis negliguntur. Mihi non minus miraculosa semper visa sunt ea animalia, quae lapides destruunt, quam quae eos interdum componunt.

D[ominus] Arch[iater] Rosen in me derivavit onus praesidis propediem cum d[omino] Hartman celebrandum.

Intra biduum florebit desideratissima diu Jalapa, nec non alia Mirabilis plane nova floribus odoratis, foliis longioribus.

Circa finem hujus hebdomadis solvendae sunt nostrae habenae; utinam tum liceret per aliquot [dies] videre Hospitem inter omnes mihi gratissimum; si poteris quacunque honesta ratione venias proximo hebdomade, si ab aula vacas.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus writes ot Abraham BäckKähler, 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.
that 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.
is worth sympathy. His circumstances are often in disorder, but he is a very good observer. His paper on Polypus is worth printing in Acta Holmiensia [Linnaeus means the Transactions of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences], and Kähler himself must be praised for his careful and detailed observations of small animals that can destroy stones [Kähler’s paper was published the same year, ”Angående en ny art af vatten-polyper”Kähler, Mårten
"Angående en ny art af
vatten-polyper, som äta sten",
KVAH (1754).
].

Nils Rosén von RosensteinRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
has given Linnaeus the task of being President together with Johan Johansson HaartmanHaartman, Johan Johansson
(1725-1787). Swedish. Professor of
medicine at Åbo. Linnaeus’s
student. Accompanied Carl Gustaf Tessin
on his journey through Sweden and
arranged Tessin’s collection of
minerals. He also translated Systema
naturae
into Swedish. Son of Johan
Haartman. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
.

Linnaeus expects the Jalapa to flower within two days. It is a wonderful plant, with aromatic flowers and long leaves.

Linnaeus expects to be free from his duties at the end of the week. He hopes that it will be possible for the two of them to meet for some days, so he suggests that Bäck comes to Uppsala in the following week if he is free to leave the court.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 282-283   p.282  p.283.