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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1797 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 9 August 1754 n.s.
Dated 9 augusti 1754. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish & Latin.

Amplissimo D[omi]no BAECKIO
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Valde dubito, quod faba S[ancti] Ignatii germinet; experimentum instituas seminibus satis in olla, et terrae praegnanti (fimo equino) committas; certe numquam antea in Europa germinavit.

Literas habui Parisiis in quibus: Bernh[ardus] Jussieu non nisi coactus plantas colit, non vero ex animo; ita ut certum est, quod si ejus frater fato fungatur, illico Bernhardus botanicae valedicturus sit; hoc habui ex ejus amico, qui annum praeteritum in ejus domo vixit ut amicus intimus.

D[ominus] Cusson impensis Antonii Jussiaei plantas Pyrenaeas anno elapso inquirebat, sed ita incurie, ut ipse statim Botanicae valedixerit et praxi in villa incumbit.

ifrån Göttingen: Prof[essor] Zinn läser Botaniquen, och giör excursioner en gång i weckan, högst 12 studenter giöra hela antalet, och de äro så släte i Botaniquen som kan någonsin conciperas.

Mylius hol sig länge upp i Engeland, verterade små lärda piecer och belles lettres, swarte på Hallers och Hollmans manande att skynda med resan, det man ej behöfde fruchta det hafwet fryser till emällan Engeland och america. Äntelig[en] då han dog där, skall han lämnat stor skuld äfter sig, oansedt han fått stora capitaler resep[en]g[a]r, och engelsmännerne skola hafwa pretenderat att de tyska borde betala för sin landsman.

för någon tid sedan hördes af Pr[ofessor] Michaelis att Haller fallit i trappan i sitt hus, så att han illa brutit sin arm.

Plura nova non habeo; ut sanus feras clima Drotningholmense ex animo voveo.

Dabam Upsaliae d[ie] 9 augusti 1754

[Archiatr]en
H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm
Drotningholm

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus does not expect the bean of St. Ignatius to germinate. Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
should try placing the seeds in a pot with fat soil (horseís dung), but they have never before grown in Europe.

Linnaeus has received a letter from Paris with the following news:Bernhard de JussieuJussieu, Bernard de
(1699-1777). French. Professor of
botany, brother of Antoine and Joseph de
Jussieu. Demonstrator at the Jardin des
plantes. Sébastien Vaillantís
successor. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
cultivates his plants under compulsion, not out of interest. If his brother [Antoine de JussieuJussieu, Antoine de
(1686-1758). French. Botanist,
professor of botany, Paris. Brother of
Bernard and Joseph de Jussieu. Joseph
Pitton de Tournefortís successor. Uncle
of Antoine Laurent de Jussieu.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] were to die, Bernhard would immediately say goodbye to botany. Linnaeusís source is a friend of Jussieuís [presumably Jean Baptiste AymenAymen, Jean Baptiste
(1729-1784). French. Naturalist and
physician, Bordeaux. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
] who had stayed with him in Paris for a long time in the year before.

Pierre CussonCusson, Pierre (1727-1783).
French. Physician and botanist,
Montpellier. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had investigated the plants of the Pyrenees at Antoine de Jussieuís expense, but he had done this so badly that he had left botany immediately and begun to practice medicine.

From Göttingen, Linnaeus has heard [Pehr Forsskåhl to Linnaeus, 13 July 1754Letter L1784], that Johann Gottfried ZinnZinn, Johann Gottfried
(1727-1759). German. Physician and
botanist, director of the botanical
garden of Göttingen (1753).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
teaches botany and makes excursions. He has only 12 pupils, and they are very poor in botany.

Christlob MyliusMylius, Christlob (1722-1754).
German. Student of medicine, disciple of
Christian Ludwig Krause, Berlin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had stayed in England for a long time, although , 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.
and Samuel Christian HollmanHollman, Samuel Christian
(1696-1787). German. Philosopher and
naturalist, Göttingen.
asked him to hurry to America and reminded him that the sea would not be covered by ice. Mylius lived by translating small works. Eventually, he had died, leaving considerable debts, and the English had asked his German friends to cover them.

Johann David MichaelisMichaëlis, Johann David
(1717-1791). German. Professor of
Oriental languages, Göttingen.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has told that Haller had fallen in his staircase and broken an arm [Linnaeus got this information not from Michaelis himself, but from Forsskåhl, see above].

Linnaeus does not have more news to tell. He hopes that Bäck can stand the climate at Drottningholm.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 293-294   p.293  p.294.