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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 25 October 1754 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. 25 octobr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amicissimo D[omino] D[octori] BAECKIO
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus.

Gratulor reditum in urbem, sed doleo, quod non sis Ulricksdahl, cum accedam. Non opto intrare urbem, sed festino domum, probe gnarus aliam propediem locum thori occupaturam, longe dulcissimam; tum ego apud Te exul evadam.

Rigent artus, dum refers Te misisse literas meas ad D[omi]num Pe¬terson, in quibus scripsi de copia doctorum metuenda a summis, sed forte non intelligant.

Promotio doctoralis erit die jovis proxima.

Laetor ex animo, quod Tu cures filium artis Rolandrum, uti genuinum; non sic Tui antecessores Archiatri. Quaeso experimentum instituas in tuos aegrotos cum radice Cyclaminis, an purget vel non. Miror haesitantiam vulgi medicorum.

Quando erit ista dies, quo formosissima ibit in amplexus, o Galathea, tuos?

Vive felix!

Dabam Upsaliae 1754 d[ie] 25 octobr[is].

Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK


Linnaeus is glad that Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
has returned to Stockholm, but he is sorry that Bäck will not be at Ulriksdal when Linnaeus gets there. Linnaeus does not want to go into the city, but he will return when his errand is performed, since he knows that Bäck will later on have another visitor, and a very agreeable one at that, using the bed that Linnaeus has used during his visits. Then, Linnaeus will have no place.

Linnaeus is not glad that Bäck has sent to Peter Peterson von HeidenstamPetersen von Heidenstam, Peter
(1708-1783). Swedish.
Physician-in-ordinary to Adolf Fredrik.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
a letter from Linnaeus, in which Linnaeus comments that the higher officials should be aware of the increased number of trained doctors. However, there is a chance that they do not understand the meaning of the letter.

The promotion will take place on the following Thursday.

Linnaeus is very glad that Bäck cares for Daniel RolanderRolander, Daniel (1725-1793).
Swedish. Naturalist and explorer.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Went to Surinam in 1755-1756.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Bäcks predecessors did nothing similar.

Linnaeus asks Bäck to try the root of Cyclamen on his patients and see if it pures them or not. Linnaeus does not understand why so many doctors hesitate to use it.

Linnaeus asks when Bäcks marriage is to take place [Bäck married on the 7th of March 1755].


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


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 313-314   p.313  p.314.