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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 3 December 1754 n.s.
Dated 1754 d. 3 December.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

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

Literas hodie a Reaumurio habui de insectis.

Fac ut sciam, quando ibit in amplexus, o Galathea, tuos.

Si vixero, ea vespera in domo mea cum amicis tuos hymnos celebrabo, et vota calida pro novis nuptis fundam.

Miser Osbeckius etiam morbo periclitabitur difficili; si poteris, ipsi opem feras oro quaesoque.

Avide exspecto adventum D[omini] D[octoris] Wahlbomii, quem semper amavi; nec tamen per aliquot annos vidi.

Nos exagitat dura hyems horridaque tempestas.

An Aqua dist. Ulmariae in morbis exanthematicis tanti habenda, uti Helveta plebecula ea utatur quotidie in hoc malo?

Apud nos misere grassatur Amphimerina petechizans, qua multi periclitantur; dixi studiosis, quod tentare debeant, quid valeat Extract[um] Cascarillae, cujus vis constitit tot tantisque experimentis Apino circa annum 1694/5.

Vale et celebres laetus inaugurationem Arcis Regiae.

Dabam Upsaliae 1754 d[ie] 3 Decembr[is].

Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK


Linnaeus has received a letter [de Réaumur to Linnaeus, 12 November 1754Letter L1838] on insects from René-Antoine Ferchault de RéaumurRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
(1683-1757). French.
Physicist and naturalist. His works
cover geometry, technology, mineralogy,
ornithology. His collections of natural
history objects, mineralogy etc. were
given to the Académie des
sciences after his death. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.

Linnaeus wants to know when Abraham BäcksBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
wedding will take place. Linnaeus will arrange a party for friends in his house that evening, and they will express their good wishes for the newly wed.

Pehr OsbeckOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
Swedish. Clergyman, botanist explorer.
Studied at Uppsala under Linnaeus
1745-1750. Chaplain on ships of the
Swedish East India Company on voyages to
China. Vicar of Hasslöv (Halland).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is severely ill, and Linnaeus asks Bäck to attend to him personally.

Linnaeus is eager to see 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
, whom he has always been fond of but whom he has not seen for some years.

The winter in Uppsala is hard.

Linnaeus wonders if Ulmaria in distilled water is effective against eczema. It is commonly used in Switzerland.

There is a widespread fever in Uppsala, and many are suffering.

Linnaeus has told his students that they should try extract of Cascarilla, which had been tried by Johann Ludvig ApinusApinus, Johann Ludvig
(1668-1703). German. Professor of
physiology and surgery, Altdorf.
in about 1694 or 1695.

Linnaeus hopes that Bäck will be glad to attend the opening of the Royal palace [the Swedish Royal family moved into the new palace in Stockholm in December 1754].


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


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 319-320   p.319  p.320.