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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1781 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 16? July 1754 n.s.
Dated . Sent from ? () to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish & Latin.

Illustrissime D[omi]ne PRAESES,
Regii Collegii per Regnum Sueciae Medici,

Satis valeo; Hemicraniam tamen aliquoties evitare non potui omnibus meis Fragis.

Optarem animitus circa finem hebdomadis esse apud Te; vereor, quod rheda mea non erit reparata in diem propositum, quam in reditu, post tot itus reditusque Holmiam Holmiaque, ultima vice fere totam confregi; nunc spero serenissimus mihi daturus novam rhedam. Utinam possem Tecum videre Hasselquistiana; studebo omni opera.

Nunc video Te Botanicum, qui mittas plantas, ut eas agnoscas; est enim altera foliis serratis Hyssopi species Lophanthus dicta e China Sibiriam alluente; simillima Nepetae, sed stamina distant unica nota, qua Hyssopus distinguitur; NB. in hac planta Corolla resupinata est, ut nectarium s[ive] Labium inferius sursum vergat et superius deorsum.

Altera scandens foliis integris est Periploca, ut Tu ipse sapientissime statuisti, quod abunde declarat, quanta polleas eruditione Botanica, quum haec non Tyronibus patet, sed solum vere eruditis Botanicis. Ego certe numquam credidissem aliquem per Sueciam Botanicum potuisse hanc plantam extricare, quod etiam nullus Te excepto potest; sit itaque Periploca et quidem graeca, quod docet hanc ab ignaris legi non debere.

Non audivimus antea, quod Celsius obtinuerit Solnam, sed nunc ipsi animitus gratulor, modo non Collegium Regium Camerale resorbat thaleros istos haud paucos, quos olim hujus loco concessit Pastori Monlägrensi.

At bewara Insecterne ifrån mögel är en bedröfwelig fråga, som gifwer till känna at de taga skada uti Cabbinettet, som för alt i werlden bör achtas; ingen ting hielper mer än endast torka och warma; som fuchtigt wäder endast det förorsakar. för alt heligt achta att detta ej sker, medan M[in] Br[oder] och jag hafwa den nåden att se ett så makalöst cabbinett; laga att det ej sker i wår tid. Lätt sätta upp gryter med kohl, äller någon liten jernkackelugn, sådan som Hans M[ajeste]t i wintras hade på Ulricksdahl, så öfwerwinnes det tillkommande då de så torkas, allenast skadan icke är redan giord.

Förbl[ifwer]
Min H[err] Broders
lydige tienare
C[arl] Linnaeus

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm
Drotningholm

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus feels rather well but has not quite avoided migraine, in spite of all his strawberries.

Linnaeus would like to visit Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
at the end of the week, but it seems that his cart that had almost broken down due to the frequent tours to and from Stockholm, would not be repaired in time. He hopes to receive a new cart. Linnaeus wishes he could see 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.
things together with Bäck.

Bäck has sent Linnaeus some plants, and Linnaeus now sees Bäck as a true botanist. Linnaeus gives the names of the plants and comments briefly on some of them. He also praises Bäck for having made a correct examination of Periploca, which indicates advanced knowledge in botany. Nobody else in Sweden could have made that definition.

Linnaeus had not heard before that Olof CelsiusCelsius, Olof (1716-1794).
Swedish. Bishop, historian, politician.
had received Solna, but now he congratulates Celsius. He just hopes that the fiscal authorities have not taken away the considerable part of the prebend that used to go to the vicar of Kungsholmen.

Linnaeus admits that mould is a problem in cabinets containing specimens of insects. That must be avoided. The only thing that helps is to keep them dry and heated, for instance by a small furnace, like the one installed at Ulriksdal in the winter. If mould has not damaged the specimens too badly, that treatment will save them.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original (KVA). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 290-291   p.290  p.291.