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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1811 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 5 September 1754 n.s.
Dated 5 sept. 1754. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Viro Sapientissimo,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus.

Hodie habui literas et responsum tuum de D[omi]no Schultze, quem heri examinavi publice, praesentibus omnibus Medicinae alumnis. Schultzius, qui in priori examine mediocriter bonus erat, in hoc examine se virum praestitit; at contra D[ominus] Hiortsberg, qui in altero examine physiologico et theoretico egregius erat, in hoc admodum mediocris erat, praesertim in praescribendis formulis. Cum autem promisit non intermissurum omni opera eo tendere, ut quam primum reliquis par evadat, cum in Mineralogicis et Chemicis sit egregius, cumque studiis operam omnibus viribus incumbit, cum practicis non suum quaerat panem, et demum cum Praeses regii Collegii olim familiariter mecum de eo sermonem instituit, quod posset assumi ob eruditionem in chemicis, dubitavi eum repellere cum ignominia.

Ubi Tu, Amice colendissime, obtinuisti Mentham piperitam genuinam et veram, ego non capio. Hoc erat esse Praesidem regii collegii; cures, ut etiam ego habeam plantam vivam, ut si pereat apud vos, apud nos reportetur.

Secundum Tuum consilium, mihi semper fidelissimum, ero v[olente] D[eo] die ante reditum Regis Drotningholmae.

Doleo, quod litterae D[omini] Kaehleri perierint; si reperiuntur, quaeso, communices quae nova.

Vale dulcissime mortalium!

Dabam d[ie] 5 sept[embris] 1754.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck
Stockholm
Drotningholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has received Abraham Bäck’sBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
letter [this letter has not come down to us] 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.
. He had been examined publicly the day before, in the presence of all the students of medicine. He had done very well, much better than the time before. On the other hand, Lars HjortzbergHjortzberg, Lars (1727-1789).
Swedish. Docent in chemistry, adjunct in
medicine.
who had been very good on the previous occasion, was very mediocre, but due to his abilities in other parts of the science, especially in mineralogy and chemistry, he was eventually approved with some warning.

Linnaeus does not understand where Bäck had obtained Mentha piperata. Linnaeus wants a living specimen of the plant, so that he can replace Bäck’s specimen if that were to die.

Linnaeus will go to Drottningholm 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 Ulrika Lovisa 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, just as Bäck had advised him.

Linnaeus is sorry that Mårten Kähler’sKähler, Mårten
(1728-1773). Swedish. Physician, orator
and poet. Studied under Linnaeus and
Nils Rosén von Rosenstein. Served
as physician of the admirality at
Karlskrona. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letters have been lost. He hopes that Bäck will keep him informed if he hears any news from there.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 300-301   p.300  p.301.