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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 17 September 1754 n.s.
Dated 17 sept. 1754. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amicorum Dulcissime.

Die jovis mane v[olente] D[eo] proficiscar Holmiam.

Spero me die Veneris vel Saturni posse videre Amicorum optimum.

Non diu commorabo apud vos; me revocant Lectiones, Dissertationes graduales proxima hebdomade ventilandae, collegia privata et sexcenta alia oeconomica.

Egregie laborasti cum correcturis, ut possimus finire opus in reditum S[erenissimae] R[egiae] M[ajesta]tis; hodie enim ego ultimam operis totius philyram vidi.

Adducam mecum aliquod plantas siccas, quas ex Hispania nuper accepi, olim missas per D[ominum] Loefling, quarum Tu habebis eas quas in duplo accepi.

Hodie nullas a Te habui; modo valeas, contentus ero.
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Dabam Upsaliae d[ie] 17 sept[embris] 1754.

Si redeas in urbem circa hocce tempus, me reperias, ut spero, apud D[ominum] Salvium.

Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm/ Drotningholm.


Linnaeus is going to Stockholm next Thursday, and he hopes to see Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
on Friday or Saturday.

Linnaeus will not stay long, for he has lectures, disputations to be performed during the following week, private meetings and six hundred other things.

Bäck has worked well at the proofs, so that Linnaeus hopes to finish the work [Linnaeus refers to the Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis SuecorumLinnaeus, Carl Museum S:ae
R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis
Suecorum [...] in quo animalia rariora
imprimis et exotica: quadrupedia, aves,
amphibia, pisces, insecta, vermes
describuntur et determinantur, Latine et
Suetice cum iconibus
] 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.
] return. Today, he has seen the last sheet of the whole work.

Linnaeus will bring with him some dried plants that he has just received from Spain. They had once been collected by Pehr LöflingLöfling, Pehr (1729-1756).
Swedish. Botanist and explorer. Studied
under Linnaeus. Went to Spain in 1751
and took part in the Spanish expedition
to Venezuela in 1754, where he died.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[presumably the batch with plants that Löfling said he would send to Linnaeus in a letter dated, 31 January 1754Letter L1692]. Bäck may keep those that Linnaeus has in duplicate.

Linnaeus got no letter from Bäck by the latest mail. He hopes Bäck is well.

P.S.1. He adds that he will most likely be with Lars SalviusSalvius, Lars (1706-1773).
Swedish. Printer, bookseller, publisher.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
in the afternoon, when he has reached Stockholm.


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


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 304   p.304.