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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1855 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 31 January 1755 n.s.
Dated 1755 d. 31 januari.. 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]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Ex carcere quasi extractus incipio aura hujus orbis frui, convalescente sensim uxorcula mea.

Exspecto avide Historiam morbi spasmodico-convulsivi.

Hodie literas habui a Rolandro Amsteledamo, die 15 januarii datas, qui nuper accessit; post 5 dies aditurum mare. Misit semina Diosmae, sed non satis recentia.

D[omi]nus Rothman alter adhuc haeret Cette apud D[ominu]m Holm, qui juvenem alit et vestit.

Helleborus niger et Cynoglossum omphalodes florent in Horto.

Succedant Tibi fausta vota! Si altera vice matrimonium publice enunciatum sit et pro more solito intra octiduum nuptias celebrabis. Vale!

Upsal[iae] 1755 d[ie] 31 januari.

P. S. D[omi]nus Manfredi Manetti, Profess[or] Bot[anices] Florentiae, qui ante aliquot annos in me malevole invehit, sententiam mutavit, veniam precatur; dicit se errasse ignorantia, quamdiu ex libris sapere studebat; postquam vero ipse naturam intueri inceperat, vidit me unice recta ...

Mox me membrum Societatis Florentinae proposuit, assumor, et hoc mihi significavit.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus writes to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
that he has at last been able to leave his prison, since his wife [Sara Elisabet LinnaeaMoraea, Sara Elisabet
(1716-1806). Swedish. Linnaeus’s wife.
Daughter of Johan Moraeus and Elisabet
Hansdotter Moraea. Mother of Carl
Linnaeus the Younger and of Elisabeth
Christina, Louisa, Sara Christina and
Sophia Linnaea.
] is slowly getting better.

Linnaeus is eagerly waiting for the dissertation on morbus spasmodicus convulsivus [Linnaeus refers to the De morbo spasmodico convulsivo epidemicoRosenblad, Eberhard De morbo
spasmodico convulsivo epidemico
,
diss., resp. J. B. Heiligtag (Lund,
1749).
].

Linnaeus has received a letter from Rolander in Amsterdam, written on January 15 [this letter has not come down to us], Rolander was to sail five days later [in another letter written 18 JanuaryLetter L1994, the departure was somwhat delayed ]. He sent Linnaeus some seeds of Diosma, but they were not very fresh.

The younger Rothman [Johan Ludvig RothmanRothman, Johan Ludvig Swedish.
Brother of Jacob Rothman, son of Johan
Stensson Rothman. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
is still in Sète with Jörgen Tyge HolmHolm, Jörgen Tyge
(1726-1759). Danish. Professor of
economy and natural history, Copenhagen.
Linnaeus’s student 1750-1751, 1754-1757.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who keeps him fed and dressed.

Helleborus niger and Cynoglossum amphalodes are flowering in the garden.

Linnaeus wishes Bäck all the best if his wedding is publicly announced and takes place as usual within a week.

In a postscript, Linnaeus relates that Xaverio ManettiManetti, Xaverio (Saverio)
(1723-1785). Italian. Physician,
professor of botany at Florence.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
formerly an enemy of his, has changed his mind and declared that he had made mistakes out of ignorance, while he was still studying earlier works, but that when he had begun to study nature itself, he had seen that Linnaeus was right. Manetti has also told him that Linnaeus will soon be awarded membership of Societas Florentina, proposed by Manetti.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 324-325   p.324  p.325.