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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 19 July 1754 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. 19 julii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amplissimo D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus.

Hodie tempestas fuit horrenda; cras, si faveat coelum, proficisci animus est, ut circa vesperam in Tuos amplexus ruam.

Laetor, quod plantae Hasselquisti numero insignes sunt. Credas me autem illum non obtinuisse 2000 species, et ne quidem 1000. Nam mille plantae sunt revera multae.

Libros debeo accipere a Praeside Regii Collegii Medici Medicorum Parenti; non possum enim mecum adducere integram bibliothecam; sufficiat ducere me ipsum.

Plantae plurimas mox faciles erunt; paucae dein rariores extricandae.

Ego opto, ut D[omi]nus Arch[iater] Baeck, discedente Rege et Regina, mecum adeat Upsaliam per octiduum; quod si non fecerit, dispeream; potest enim tum D[ominus] Rosen, qui ad mensis finem erit Holmiae, tum vices tuas peragere.

D[ominus] D[octor] Wahlbom ad me misit 2 plantas, quas ab eo petii, Astragalum parvum & Chrysocomam, quas Nauta deponat in domo Tua, vir amicissime; spero, quod eas mox cures, ut ad me deferantur.

Si tempestas non sit nimis adversa, me circa vesperam exspectes, ni rheda in itinere frangatur, uti ego satis detrita.

Ter vale!

Dabam Upsaliae 1754 d[ie] 19 julii.


The weather is horrible. If it improves, Linnaeus will leave for Stockholm in the following day and hopes to be with Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
in the evening.

Linnaeus is glad that the plants collected by Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, 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.
are so numerous. However, Linnaeus does not think they are as many as 2,000, maybe not even 1,000, for 1,000 specimens of plants is a considerable quantity.

Linnaeus expects to receive some books from the president [i.e. Bäck himself] of the Collegium MedicumCollegium Medicum, Swedish.
The Swedish Board of Physicians,
originally Collegium medicorum, in
Stockholm, was founded in 1663.
. However, he can not take a whole library with him, and it should be enough for him to take care of himself.

Most of the plants are soon ready, and there remain just a few rarer ones that have to be investigated more.

Since 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 the 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.
] are leaving, Linnaeus wants Bäck to come with him to Uppsala and stay there for a week. Linnaeus will be very sorry if that cannot be managed. 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
who will be in Stockholm until the end of the month, must be able to serve for Bäck.

Johan Gustaf WahlbomWahlbom, Johan Gustaf
(1724-1808). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Studied at Uppsala under
Linnaeus, anatomy, surgery and
obstretics at Wittenberg. Provincial
physician at Kalmar. Correspondent of
has sent Linnaeus two plants that Linnaeus has asked for, Astralagus parvus and Chrysocoma. A sailor will deliver them to Bäck, and Linnaeus hopes that Bäck will take care of them and have them forwarded to Linnaeus.

If the weather is not too bad, and if the wheel of Linnaeus’s cart does not break on the way – it is rather worn, just like Linnaeus - Bäck can expect Linnaeus towards the evening.


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


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 291-292   p.291  p.292.