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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 25 June 1754 n.s.
Dated 25 junii 1754. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Amplissimo,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
Amico optimo,
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Florent jam in horto duae species Mirabilis plane egregiae, quarum nulla ab Authoribus descripta aut delineata est. Doleo ex toto corde apud nos nullus sit pictor, qui potest eas delineare. Turpe fatum inclytae academiae; sic vivam qua partem in Barbaria. Forte numquam postea videbo has plantas, cum dubium sit, num semina maturescant. Doleas, quaeso, haec fata mecum.

Die Saturni petam Löfstadium de Geerianum, ut videam D[omini] De Geerei Museum 500 vitrorum, num in eo occurrat Serpens aut piscis a me antea non visus. Adeoque proxima die martis, ab hoc die octava, nullas ad Te, Amice dulcissime, dare possum literas.

Audivimus, quod Consul Plomgren sit legittime mortuus.

D[omi]n[us] Arkenholtz apud nos haeret.

Vale! Dabam d[ie] 25 junii 1754.

Accepi hac hora literas Tuas amicissimas.

Sortem tuam gratulor simulque doleo; ut valeas opto, ut sanus redeas voveo.

Ut scripsi, die Saturni petam Löfstadium; reversus curam salutis geram, si alias per annum vivam. Adeoque non possum venire ante 19 julii, sive redeat Museum Hasselquisti sive non.

Plantas Sibiricas vidi omnes et Magnoliam, cui videre dies non visus.

Petii pecunias istas 1100 dlr, quae restant pro D[omino] Kaehler ab aerario et consistorio, sed non obtinui; pecunias non habeo, ut possim numerare, quod doleo; alias facerem lubens, cum de pecunia certus sim. Nescio, quid fiet de optimo juvene.

Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck


Linnaeus writes to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
that he has two species of Mirabilis flowering in the garden, and neither of those is described or depicted in any publication. Linnaeus is very sorry that there is nobody in Uppsala who can delineate them properly, so maybe nobody else will see them. Linnaeus is uncertain that there will be mature seeds. He thinks he lives in a barbaric country, somehow.

Next Saturday, Linnaeus will go to Charles De GeerDe Geer, Charles (1720-1778).
Swedish. Entomologist and natural
history collector, Leufsta Bruk. Member
of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
in Stockholm and Académie des
sciences, Paris. Corresponded with
Réaumur, Bonnet and other
naturalists. Husband of Catharina
Charlotta Ribbing and father of Emanuel
De Geer. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
at Leufsta and see the collection of 500 specimens in bottles. He wants to see if among them there is a snake or a fish that he has not seen before. So Linnaeus will not be able to write to Bäck for the next week.

Linnaeus has heard that Thomas PlomgrenPlomgren, Thomas (1702-1754).
Swedish. Merchant, Stockholm.
Mercantilist and politician.
has died.

Johan ArckenholtzArckenholtz, Johan (1697-1777).
Swedish. Historian and politician.
is staying with Linnaeus.

P.S.1Bäck’s latest letter just arrived [this letter has not come down to us].

P.S.2 Linnaeus congratulates Bäck and regrets what he has learned [Bäck has been called to his duties at Ulriksdal].

P.S.3 Linnaeus repeats that he will go to Leufsta next Saturday. After that, he has to take care of his health, so he cannot come to Bäck before July 19, regardless if Fredrik Hasselquist’sHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
museum is back or not.

P.S.4 Linnaeus has seen all the Siberian plants and the Magnolia.

P.S.5 Linnaeus has tried to obtain the 1100 daler owed to 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.
from the university, but he has not succeeded. He cannot pay the sum from his own money, which he would do if he could, since he is sure that the claim is justified. He does not know what will become of Kähler.


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


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 283-284   p.283  p.284.