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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1778 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 14 June 1754 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. 14 junii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amicissime D[omine] BAECK,
Preses Medicorum Sueciae,

Discessi Ulricksdala, ut puto, plena gratia Regum; ultima vespera, qua vale dixi, ultra horam cumulatus fui favore Regis et imprimis S[erenissimae] Reginae privatissimo colllegio, familiari sermone exceptus de variis; ibi devotas dixi Regibus gratias. Si gratia excideram, hoc fato debetur, non mihi.

Vocavi Lic[entiatum] Bergium; ille gratia sui principis cumulatus exultavit, et devotissimas suas literas hodie tradat suo Maecenati vero Magno. Exultant certe non sine causa alumni nostri de Preside suo vere eximio et, ut debent, pleno ore publice testantur eorum salutem numquam commissam fuisse mitioribus fatis et magis generoso Aesculapio.

D[ominus] D[ominus] Fick in jus vocavit Episcopum Halenium ob 600 thaleros cupreos; hic emit ante decennium predium; literas contractus composuit D[ominus] Fick; absoluta litera jocose adscripsit D[omino] F[ick]: munus gratiae debetur Fickio; ridebant omnes jocose; post 10 annos in sententiam provocat fratrem. Malevoli dicunt, quod hoc factum fuerit a Fickio, quod inspecturam Nationis Westrogothiae non acceperit Fick, sed Strömer, quam antea exornavit D[ominus] Halenius.

Tu valeas et utere felicibus fatis!

Upsaliae 1754 d[ie] 14 junii.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus writes to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
that he has left Ulriksdal. On the last evening, when he made his last visit 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.
] and 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.
], they had received him very favourably and talked with him on various matters for a long time. So if Linnaeus now falls into disgrace, it is due to Fate, not to him.

Linnaeus has called on licentiate BergBerg, Swedish. , and he was very glad and will present his letters to his patron.

Linnaeus’s pupils are pleased with their eminent teacher and sat quite openly, as they should, that they have never had a milder or a nobler leader.

Linnaeus reports that Christian Fredrik FickFick, Christian Fredrik
(1746-?). Swedish. Surgeon in the
Imperial Russian Navy. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
had sued EngelberHaleniusHalenius, Engelbert
(1700-1767). Swedish. Bishop of Skara,
politician. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for 600 daler in copper. The reason was that, ten years earlier, Fick had helped Halenius to establish a contract for the purchase of some land, and that, just for fun, Fick had added to the contract that he could charge for that assistance. Now, malice says that Fick had used this clause because the position as inspector of the students association for Västergötland, formerly held by Halenius, had been given to Martin StrömerStrömer, Martin
(1707-1770). Swedish. Astronomer,
professor in Uppsala from 1745.
and not to Fick.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 281-282   p.281  p.282.