Documentation

Letters

-Search for letters
-Search in texts

Manuscripts

Editions

Links

Contact

C18

Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1860 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 17 January 1755 n.s.
Dated 17 januarii 1755. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amico sine pari,
D[omino] D[octori] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Fato pulsante ostia dulcissimae per tot annos conjugis ad coelum tendentibus manus innocentissimas tot orbes futuris tenellis infantibus, ubi nec Apollo nec Aesculapius opem ferre poterant, ego extra me ipsum constitutus seposui res humanas, ludicras et vanas, oblitus amicorum, imo mei ipsius oblitus.

Proxime tandem praeterlapsa nocte, quae ipsi erat 26, quam insomnes inter gemitus et suspiria traduxit, respirare coepit, et vires exhaustas blando somno refocillare, ut spes aliqua nasceretur, ubi nulla erat. Sed quis fidem adhibeat tam fallaci typo morbi? Interim nocte et hodie melius habuit; quod non parum me et meos tenellos refocillavit; faxit Deus perennet.

Sic a prima nativitate mea magis misere traduxi numquam mensem quam hunc ultimum. Ferias & festos non vidi, nec coelum nec terram, sed incarceratus continuo vixi. Videbis aliquando et ipse, quid sit in adversis aeque ac secundis amare, praesertim si tot natis Pater evadas, iisque adhuc tenellis valedicas, quod avertat Deus, per plures annos conjugi. Non hunc norunt, qui non gustarunt Lotum.

Rediit D[omi]nus Rosen die sabbathi et die Lunae abiit; nec ille opem in angustiis constitutis ferre poterat.

Si luctuosus hic casus non conculcasset domum meam, ego Holmias per octiduum sub hisce feriis certo certius adiissem.

D[omi]nus Holm etiamnum respirat, miser, toties orco damnatus, qui laboravit ultra quadrantem anni morbo diro & fatali.

Te servet Deus T[er] O[ptimus] incolumem!

Dabam d[ie] 17 januarii. Upsaliae 1755.

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 his wife [Sara Elisabet LinnaeaMoraea, Sara Elisabet
(1716-1806). Swedish. Linnaeusís 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 very ill, and the children are very upset and demanding, so Linnaeus is not himself. He has put everything aside and forgotten all his friends, and almost himself as well.

However, during the last night, the 26th of her illness, she had eventually fallen asleep and started to breathe more calmly. It has given them some hope, since she had also been better during the day. Linnaeus hopes the improvement will prove to be real.

The latest month has been the most miserable that Linnaeus has had since his early childhood. There has been no difference between weekdays and Sundays, and he has had to be indoors all the time. Bäck will see for himself what it means to love somebody for better or for worse, especially if he becomes father of many children and his wife were to die while the children were still young. Those who have not known the better side, do not know this side either.

Nils Rosén von RosénsteinRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
returned last Saturday and left again on Monday. He could not help Linnaeus in his difficulties, either.

Linnaeus would have gone to Stockholm for a week during this last month, if this deplorable event had not hit his family.

Jörgen Tyge HolmHolm, Jörgen Tyge
(1726-1759). Danish. Professor of
economy and natural history, Copenhagen.
Linnaeusís student 1750-1751, 1754-1757.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is still alive, although several times near death. He has been ill for over a quarter of a year with his grave and life-threatening illness.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. copy (Private collection).

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 323   p.323.