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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1863 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 3 January 1755 n.s.
Dated 3 jan. 1755. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

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

Etiamnum continuat diris symptomatibus uxoris meae morbus, qui insomnes mihi causat noctes, et heri circa vesperam incepi etiam ego laborare, ut inter spem et metum haeream.

Sensi novum experimentum infucatae tuae amicitiae, quod in literis hisce dedisti contra morbum uxoris meae. Viae sunt ab initio morbi purgatae. Sumsit semel laxans, bis Ipecacuanham, enemata varia. Admittet vesicatoria et assumet a Te missa. Dii meliora! Conficior omnino ejus quaerulis et suspiriis. Tenelli mei lacrymantur et suspirant, ubique gemitus. Quid de me misero fiet, si illa pereat, quae curam geret educationi natorum? Quae oeconomiae? Haec fructus Matrimonii videbis aliquando!

Te servet Deus incolumem meique amicum!

Dabam Upsaliae d[ie] 3 jan[uarii] 1755.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus’s 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 still ill, and it gives Linnaeus sleepless nights. Last night, Linnaeus had also begun to feel symptoms of the same illness.

Linnaeus is very glad at Abraham Bäck’sBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
unbroken friendship, as Bäck has given advice for the treatment of Linnaeus’s wife. She takes or has taken various drugs, among those Ipecacuanha and emetics.

Linnaeus has a difficult time. His wife is quarrelsome and sighs, and his children cry. Linnaeus wonders what will become of him if his wife dies. Who will take care of the family and the household economy?

So, these are the advantages of marriage, as Bäck will see some time.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 322   p.322.