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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1787 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 9 July 1754 n.s.
Dated 9 julii 1754.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Archiatro vere Magno,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Laetor ex animo, quod valeat D[ominus] Wahlbom et Maecenatem habeat Archiatrum Praesidem Regii Collegii, qui numquam fefellit suos, sed semper Patronum se praestitit eruditis. Utinam juvenis optimus obtineret provinciam!

Hodie literas habui a D[omino] Sauvages, qui ita scribit: D[ominus] Ludwig Rothman huc accessit ante mensem, nudus, inops et nosocomio per viginti dies exceptus; reparatis viribus ad me scripsit panem exorans et vestes; utrumque ipsi pro viribus meis concessi; ast cum me adiisset, suasi, ut auxilium D[omini] Holm peteret, quod feliciter successit; ille enim optimus vir ipsi largius suppeditavit, quod ego non poteram, victum, tectum et aestivas ipsi vestes destinat.

D[ominus] Haller statim atque quis ab eo dissentit, illico ab eo alieno est animo, nec amplius scribit; hoc experior, experitur D[ominus] Lecat, exponitur D. Guric[?], qui scribit ad Le Cat Hallerum se adinstar Papae haberi velle, scilicet infallibilem s[ive] falli nescium. Vera amicitia exigit, ut alter alterius errores urbane admoneat, nec quidquam detrahitur de veneratione summis viris debita, ex eo quod non omnia viderint.

Volo lubenter venire et videre Hasselquistiana; si possem simul absolvere quae acceperat Regina, esset res egregia; autumno nollem esse Drotningholm in climate minus salubri.

Vale et me porro amare perge!

Dabam Upsaliae d[ie] 9 julii 1754.

Exhaurio quotidie quater vasculum Tuum argenteum repletum Fragis et sic bene valeo.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck
Stockholm
Drotningholm.

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 is very glad that 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
Linnaeus.
is well and has as his patron [i.e. Bäck himself, who was elected President in 1752] the leader of the College of physicians [Collegium MedicumCollegium Medicum, Swedish.
The Swedish Board of Physicians,
originally Collegium medicorum, in
Stockholm, was founded in 1663.
], a man who has never failed his friend. Linnaeus hopes that the young man will get a position.

The same day, Linnaeus has received a letter from François Boissier de La Croix SauvagesSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
(1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[Sauvages to Linnaeus, 12 June 17541Letter L1764] that told him that Johan Ludvig RothmanRothman, Johan Ludvig Swedish.
Brother of Jacob Rothman, son of Johan
Stensson Rothman. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
had come to see Sauvages a month earlier, in very poor shape. Rothman had been in hospital for twenty days, after which he had asked Sauvages for food and clothes. Sauvages had given him what he could, but had suggested that he should contact Jörgen Tyge HolmHolm, Jörgen Tyge
(1726-1759). Danish. Professor of
economy and natural history, Copenhagen.
Linnaeus’s student 1750-1751, 1754-1757.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for more, and Holm had helped him.

Albrecht von HallerHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
no longer exchanges letters with those who do not agree with him. Linnaeus had experienced that, so also Claude Nicolas Le CatLe Cat, Claude Nicolas
(1700-1768). French. Surgeon.
and GuricGuric, French?. , who had written to Le Cat and said that wanted to be regarded like the Pope, infallible or free from mistakes. Linnaeus states that true friendship includes indicating mistakes and that it does not impair the greatness of prominent scholars if they have not seen everything.

Linnaeus is eager to come and see what has come from 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.
. It would be good if he could see the recent acquisitions to the Queen’s [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.
] museum at the same time, but he would not like to be at Drottningholm in autumn due to the unhealthy climate there.

P. S. Four times a day, Linnaeus eats strawberries from the silver cup, received from Bäck.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 287-288   p.287  p.288.