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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 12 November 1754 n.s.
Dated 12 Nov. 1754. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amicorum fidissimo,
D[omi]no D[octori] BAECKIO,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Salvus evasi die Saturni ultimo et redii in sinum meorum. Didici procul a jove, procul a fulmine sapienter delitescere. Audivi multa et stupenda, verba non effanda, sed bone Deus, quis erit finis rerum omnium? Ego me ex theatro eripiam.

Accepi literas a D[omino] D[octori] Kaehlero, sed in his nihil novi. An acceperit ab ullo residuas pecunias?

Inter Hasselquistiana observavi res vere stupendas: Cyprinum dentibus in ore instructum. Esocem pinnis dorsi duabus: priore spinosa. Pisces malacopterygios absque membrana branchiostega.

Quae jam descripsi in Museo regio animalia numerum attingunt eorum, quem primus tomus comprehendit, et Rex jussit continuari impressionem cum novo anno, quo accedam, sed puto me tum fore Fahlunae, si potero.

Vale amicorum dulcissime!

Dabam Upsaliae d[ie] 12 Nov[embris] 1754.

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Audivi D[ominum] D[octorem] Wahlbom accessisse Holmiam. Annon me adire recusabit?

Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK


Last Saturday, Linnaeus writes to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
, he had left Court and returned to his family. He has learnt to be quiet, far from the realm of power, and he has heard many strange things. Much of that cannot be told, but Linnaeus wonders where it will end. Linnaeus will leave public life.

Linnaeus has heard from Mårten KählerKähler, 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.
, but the letter [presumably Kähler to Linnaeus, 8 October 1754Letter L1826] did not tell anything new. Linnaeus wonders if Kähler has received the rest of his grant from anybody.

Linnaeus has seen some astonishing things in Fredrik Hasselquist’sHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
collections: Cyprinus has teeth in its mouth. Esoces has two spines in its back, the foremost with barbs. The malacopterygii fishes have no branchiostegal membranes.

The animals that Linnaeus has already described from 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.
] museum are already as many as those contained in the first volume [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
], but the King has asked Linnaeus to go on with the work at the beginning of the next year, when Linnaeus is to return there. However, Linnaeus plans to be in Falun at that time, if possible.

P.S. Linnaeus has heard that Wahlbom has arrived in Stockholm, and he hopes that Johan Gustaf WahlbomWahlbom, Johan Gustaf
(1724-1808). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Studied at Uppsala under
Linnaeus, anatomy, surgery and
obstretics at Wittenberg. Provincial
physician at Kalmar. Correspondent of
will not refuse to come and see Linnaeus.


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


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 315   p.315.


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