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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 1 November 1754 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. 1 Nov.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amicissimo D[omi]no BAECK
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Ultima vice distractus variis negotiis non licuit scribere.

Heri vesperi me per horulam visitavit D[ominus] D[ominus] Halman, et dedit aliquot pulcherrimos rarissimosque libros. Misi cum eo Programma.

Heri celebrabatur promotio in auditorio frequentissimo oratione de stupendis proprietatibus animalium.

Cras mane v[olente] D[eo] petam Ulriksdahl; utinam viae me non absorberent; spero Te videre in Arce regia.

Si mentio incidat de Medicis, loquar rotundo ore.

Vereor, quod Te metuat S. ob affinitatem, qua eris conjunctus sic stantibus, sed de his plura coram.

D[omi]nus De Geer misit Rolandro 600 thaleros.

Tu pergas favere scientiis et promovere artem instar alterius Apollinis.


Dabam Upsaliae 1754 d[ie] 1 Nov[embris].

Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK


Linnaeus did not have time to write to Abraham Bäck Bäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
for the latest mail, since he had much to do.

Daniel Zacharias HallmanHallman, Daniel Zacharias
(1722-1782). Swedish. Clergyman. Pastor
at the Swedish legation in Madrid, dean
at Strängnäs. Linnaeus’s
student in 1744-1746. Correspondent of
had come to see Linnaeus for an hour the evening before. He had brought some nice and rare books, and Linnaeus had given him Programma.

On the day before, the promotion had taken place, with a full audience and a lecture on surprising peculiarities in animals.

Linnaeus will leave for Ulriksdal the following morning, and he hopes that the roads will not delay him. He hopes to see Bäck in the palace.

If the conversation happens to touch on medicine, Linnaeus will talk in vague terms.

Linnaeus is afraid that “S.” [it is unclear who this person might be] fears Bäck because of Bäck’s future marriage. However, Linnaeus will say more on that when they meet.

Charles De GeerDe Geer, Charles (1720-1778).
Swedish. Entomologist and natural
history collector, Leufsta Bruk. Member
of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
in Stockholm and Académie des
sciences, Paris. Corresponded with
Réaumur, Bonnet and other
naturalists. Husband of Catharina
Charlotta Ribbing and father of Emanuel
De Geer. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has given Daniel RolanderRolander, Daniel (1725-1793).
Swedish. Naturalist and explorer.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Went to Surinam in 1755-1756.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
600 daler.

Linnaeus hopes that Bäck will continue to favour science and medicine, like a latter-day Apollo.


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


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