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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1790 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 30 August 1754 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. 30 augusti. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amplissimo D[omino] D[octori] BAECKIO,
Regii Coll[egii] Medici Praesidi,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Pro amicissimis literis grates devotas reddo.

Dubius haereo de itinere; si accessero ante reditum S[erenissimarum] M[ajesta]tum, forte iterum debeam redire postea; si vero iter differo, forte non liceat recedere quandocunque velim.

De Schultzio graphice respondisti; urget promotionem et iter; si Tu, Reg[ii] Coll[egii] Praeses gravissime, non sis contrarius, admittam juvenem, qui acri pollet ingenio et in Anatomicis certe est solidissimus.

Et dare plantas et nomina simul nimium esset; mea tacurnitate hanc a Te, A[mice] C[arissime], extorquere potui epistolam; nunc respondebo:

Altera capitulis illis villosissimis erat:Trifolium globosum Spec. plant. 767, cujus semina accepi a D[omi]no Lemonier;

Altera capitulis inflatis erat:Trifolium resupinatum ibid.: p. 771, quod acutissimus Loeflingius in Hispania legit et ex ea semina misit.

Duas iterum mitto alias non minus raras et infrequentes plantas, quarum altera est Rumex persicarioides albis seminibus, altera Rumex Bucephalophorus flosculis rubicundis.

Accepi hodie ingentem copiam Lapidum Holmiae, sed lectam in exteris regionibus, at absque literis, ut nesciam unde. Si Tu noveris, mihi dicas.

Vale Amicorum dulcissime!

Dabam Upsaliae 1754 d[ie] 30 augusti.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm
Drotningholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for a letter [this letter has not come down to us]. He is not sure when he should go to Drottningholm. If he goes before 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.
] return, he may be summoned to go once more, and if he postpones his journey, he may not be allowed to return when he likes.

Linnaeus had got Bäck’s answer on David Schulz von SchulzenheimSchulz von Schulzenheim, David
(1732-1823). Swedish. Physician.
Studied at Uppsala, where he attended
Linnaeus’s lectures. Went to England.
Together with Nils Rosén von
Rosenstein he introduced inoculation for
smallpox in Sweden. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
and if the Collegium medicumCollegium Medicum, Swedish.
The Swedish Board of Physicians,
originally Collegium medicorum, in
Stockholm, was founded in 1663.
wants to have him promoted Doctor of medicine and to send him to London, Linnaeus will promote him. He is very talented and well trained in anatomy.

It would be too much to send both specimens of plants and their names at the same time. Now, Linnaeus gives the names of some plants sent, and he sends again specimens of two rather rare plants of the family Rumex.

Linnaeus had just received a huge batch of minerals from Stockholm. The specimens were collected elsewhere, and no letter came with them so Linnaeus does not know who sent them. If Bäck knows anything, he should let Linnaeus know.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 299-300   p.299  p.300.