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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1791 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 27 August 1754 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. 27 aug.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amplissimo D[omin]o BAECK
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus.

Heri per D[omi]num Ribe remisi Holmiam acta ista Lipsiensia, cujus Tu mihi copiam fecisti gratiosissime. Legi ea; occurunt in eis varia non spernenda; utinam possem aliquando videre reliquas partes.

Tu liberalis admodum, qui iterum misisti 500 thaleros. Poteris etiam hoc facere, quamdiu solus es; praesagio aliquando Te fore minus liberalem.

Consistorium Upsaliense numquam erubescit; proponam rem ipsam, sed scio antea, quod non faciant. Dicunt hoc non pertinere ad eos.

Tentabo venire Drotningholm, antequam Reges redeant; sed vereor, quod, iterum cogar accedere post reditum S[erenissimarum] M[ajesta]tum, et tum in duplo opus suscepi.

Quae de Surinamensi narrabas jam intellexi; petiit a D[omi]no Professore informatorem pro filiolo. D[ominus] Pr[ofessor] Ihre dixit se assumturum quem ego vellem; heri fuit quidam, qui sub spe rati assumeretur, qui ne vocabulum quidem intellexit, adeoque adhuc in vado res est.

Me excusatum habeas, quod ultima vice non ad Tuas responsum dedi, laborans odontalgia, cum ophthalmia; nunc melius valeo

Inclusam mitto plantam rarissimam, quam scio Te non habiturum in Tuo herbario.

Misisti ultimo has plantas: Acerem Pseudo-Platanum, Rhamnum Alaternum duplicem, quarum quae latioribus foliis mas erat, femina autem quae angustioribus.

Audio Te, Amice integerrime, missurum D[ominu]m Schultz pro ino¬culatione Variolarum in Angliam! Anne ita? Sed quid faciat, et quod non ante cognitum, ut coecus efficeret, quaeso, me doceas.

Ambit honores academicos; juvenis est probus, egregius, in Anatomicis certe solidus; in reliquis parum etiam versatus. Si posset maturescere, evaderet vir vere eruditus, sed est juvenis 23 annorum. Certe si Doctores nostri possent maturescere studia et annos in majori existimatione poneretur Medicina apud omnes bonos. Memor sum consilii olim Beati Car[oli] Gyllenborg, qui suasit, quod nullos admitteremus ad honores Medicos, nisi qui etiam annis maturuere nonnihil, quum nihil magis cedat in opprobrium artis quam si pueri admittantur; audivi antea de hoc juvene mentem Tuam; perpendas omnia; caeterum ego non contrarius sum; lubenter sumam pecunias, et ad vos mittam eum. Vale!

Doleo maxime, quod D[omi]nus Balk non fuerit medicus classis nauticae sed D[ominus] Bergstrahl.

Vale amice dilectissime et vive sospes!

Upsal[iae] 1754 d[ie] 27 aug[usti].

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has sent back the volume of Acta Lipsiensia [presumably Nova acta eruditorum anno 1732 (-1776) publicata (Leipzig 1732-1782)] that Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
had lent him [see Linnaeus to Bäck, 16 August 1754Letter L1794]. Carl RibbenRibben, Carl (1734-1803).
Swedish. Physician, assessor of the
Collegium medicum. Lived in Strasbourg
fom 1768.
had taken it with him. Linnaeus had read it with some interest and wishes that he could see the other volumes.

Linnaeus thanks Bäck for sending 500 daler a second time. Linnaeus fears that Bäck will become less liberal later on.

The board of the University [Uppsala Universitets konsistoriumUppsala Universitets konsistorium,
Swedish. The Consistorium [Board]
of Uppsala University.
does not blush. Linnaeus will put the matter before it, but he already knows it will not comply, saying that it is none of their business.

Linnaeus will try to go to Drottningholm before the King’s[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’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.
] return. He fears, however, that they will call for him afterwards, and then Linnaeus will have a twofold task.

Linnaeus is now fully aware of what the Surinam issue is about. He has made some attempts to find a suitable person, and Johan IhreIhre, Johan (1707-1780).
Swedish. Philologist. Professor of Latin
and later of eloquence and political
science at Uppsala.
has left the choice to him. However, he has not yet found anybody, so the issue is still open.

Linnaeus apologizes to Bäck for not having answered letters [those letters have not come down to us], but he had suffered from both toothache and trouble with his eyes.

Linnaeus sends a specimen of a very rare plant, that Bäck does not have in his herbarium, and gives the names of the plants that Bäck sent in his latest delivery.

Linnaeus has heard that Bäck will send 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.
to England to study inoculation against smallpox. Linnaeus wonders what Schulz will do there and what new he could learn. Schulz is an able young man, but not very experienced and only 23 years old. He will no doubt be better when he is older. {p Medicine would be better off if doctors were more mature and trained for a longer time. Linnaeus remembers that the late Carl GyllenborgGyllenborg, Carl (1679-1746).
Swedish. Chancellor of Uppsala
University and Lund University.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
used to propose that nobody should be awarded the degree of Doctor of medicine who was not also of a mature age, since it is detrimental to the art if boys start practicing it. However, Linnaeus had heard about Schulz before from Bäck, and he asks Bäck to reconsider but leaves the decision to Bäck. Linnaeus will be glad to receive the fees and to send Schulz to Bäck.

Linnaeus regrets that Lars BalkBalk, Lars (1726-1790).
Swedish. Provincial physician to the
north district of the county of
Stockholm.
was not appointed doctor of the fleet and that Johan BergstralBergstral, Johan (1715-1795).
Swedish. Member of Collegium Medicum in
Stockholm in 1754.
got the position.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 297-299   p.297  p.298  p.299.