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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1809 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 10 September 1754 n.s.
Dated 10 Sept. 1754. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

D[ie] 10 Sept[embris] 1754.

Dulcissimo Amico,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Gratissimum erat scire, quomodo res Mylii se habebant; et multum Tibi debeo, A[mice] D[ulcissime], quod harum mihi copiam feceras.

Cum jussus eram in ordinem disponere plantas Reginae, ut posset alterum exemplar dare S[erenissimo] Regi, et hoc quidem antequam abirem, deberem equidem per diem esse Drotningholmi ante reditum Reginae, ut haec parata essent. Accedit, quod si invitatus accedam, non possum recedere quandocunque velim, ne dicam, quod nunc potero vehi cum alieno curru, quod non deinde, et meum toties fregi in itinere, ut nihil superest, ne dicam, quod possem tum simul videre, si quid novi adportarent secum Reges.

Ego solus heic laboro, nec possumus ambo abesse, sine maximo damno studiosorum, qui tum dolebunt sese relictos.

Quando reversi sunt Reges, Tu sine dubio, A[mice] D[ulcissime], vacabis per aliquod tempus ab aula, ut vires animumque reficias; posses tum, si velles, Upsaliam meam per unam alteramve hebdomadem adire, et Tibi ipsi vivere.

Cum perpendam mores Mylii, intelligo et perspicio facile, quo animo fuerit Hallerus et quam iratus, qui sic viderat omnia, quae per plures annos potuerit conquirere, irrita cadere. Cecidit uti ovum e manu anniculae, quae numeravit pullos earumque nepotes.

Anxius quotidie exspecto florem Arenariae cujusdam a D[omino] Monnier descriptae, quae ultra octiduum procrastinavit, nec florem expandere voluerit. Speciem ante numquam vidi et unicus flos est in horto exspectandus.

Quaeso cum proximo tabellario mihi dicas, quo die redeant S[erenissimae] R[egiae] M[ajesta]tes; tibi enim nequit hoc latere.

Vale et vive ter felix!

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 having told him about Christlob MyliusMylius, Christlob (1722-1754).
German. Student of medicine, disciple of
Christian Ludwig Krause, Berlin.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
.

Because Linnaeus had been ordered to arrange 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.
] plants in a certain order and to prepare duplicates to be presented to 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.
] Linnaeus would have to be at Drottningholm for a day before the Queen’s return. Furthermore, if Linnaeus is to go there after being summoned, he will not be able to return to Uppsala when he wants, and a last reason is that he now can use a borrowed cart and not depend on his own, which is in a very poor condition. Linnaeus is also eager to see if the King and the Queen have brought anything new with them to the collection.

Linnaeus is working alone in Uppsala, and he cannot leave since that would be of great disadvantage to the students.

innaeus hopes that Bäck can be free from the court for some time, after the King and the Queen have returned. Then, Linnaeus hopes, Bäck will be able to visit Linnaeus in Uppsala for a week or two.

When Linnaeus considers how Mylius has behaved, he understands Albrecht von Haller’sHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
position. Haller had seen all that he had worked at for so many years being spoiled. It has fallen like an egg from the hand of a girl who had counted the hens and their chicken.

Linnaeus is eagerly waiting for Arenaria to flower. Louis Guillaume Le MonnierLe Monnier, Louis Guillaume
(1717-1799). French. Physician and
naturalist. Professor of botany at the
Jardin des plantes in Paris. Personal
physician of Louis XV. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
had described it. For more than a week, the flower has hesitated to blossom. Linnaeus has never seen it flowering before, and there is only one bud in the garden.

Linnaeus asks Bäck to tell him, by the next mail, when the King and the Queen will return. Bäck must know that

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 301-302   p.301  p.302.