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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1896 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 8 April 1755 n.s.
Dated 8 Martii 1755. Sent from () to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amicorum optimo,
D[omino] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus.

Ut ut lubentissime viderem Conjugem tuam nobilissimam, ab omnibus mire laudatam ob virtutem et mores eximios, viarum conditio omnem mihi auferunt occasionem Te salutandi praesentem.

Helleborus viridis floret; niger defloruit dudum una cum hyemali; H[elleborum] viridem habebis.

Gratulor tibi merces Constantinopolitanas, nullus dubitans, quin in his multa egregia; opto gratis videre. Annon Iter manu scriptum Hasselquistii accesserit?

Mag[ister] Scheidenburg Madritii optime valet, nec captivitatem novit; ab eo literas nuper habui.

Nuper literas habui a D[omi]no v[on] Swieten. Dicit D[omi]num Haen instruxisse optimam scholam practicam, ubi bis de die docet, semel ex Chathedra, et dein in Nosocomio.

Vale cum nobilissima conjuge et vive felix!

Dabam d[ie] 8 Martii 1755.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for the invitation to come and see Bäck and his wife [Anna Charlotta BäckBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
], but he declines for the time being, due to the bad condition of the roads.

Helleborus is flowering. H[elleborus] niger has already passed flowering, but H[elleborus] viridis still has flowers, and Bäck will get one of them.

Linnaeus congratulates Bäck on the material from Constantinople in which he supposes that there are many fine items.

Linnaeus wonders if the manuscript report on Fredrik Hasselquist’sHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
journey has arrived.

Daniel ScheidenburgScheidenburg, Daniel (1720-?).
Swedish. Clergyman. Studied under
Linnaeus. Chaplain at the Swedish
legation in Madrid. Copied Pehr
Löfling’s manuscripts.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is well established in Madrid. Linnaeus received a letter from him recently [Scheidenburg to Linnaeus, 25 February 1755Letter L1866].

A letter has also arrived from Gerard van SwietenSwieten, Gerhard van
(1700-1772). Dutch. Pupil of Boerhaave.
Called by Maria Theresa to Vienna, where
he organised the public health system.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[Van Swieten to Linnaeus, 12 March 1755Letter L1887]. It says that Anton De Haen has started a practical school where he lectures once a day and after that teaches practical medicine in the hospital.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 334   p.334.