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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1900 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 1 April 1755 n.s.
Dated 1755 d. 1 april.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amicissimo Viro,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Praeterita die Veneris binas Tuas habui, sed distractus hospitibus peregrinis, nulla ratione licuit ad eas gratum testari animum.

Flores carpsisti dulcissimi conjugii; venerisque blanditiis immersus, dies procul dubio egisti vitae suavissimos, mox ad seria reversurus.

Quod mihi offeras hospitium grates ago, sed non tam cito exopto accedere; interim scias Te antea solum potuisse domum et hospitium dare, nunc vero nuta Tua pendent ab alia; dicas mihi primum velim, num et illa me invitat, alias procul esse cupio; nam si Tu herus et illa hera erit.

Hic solvitur nix, aqua tranat, Hellebori florere incipiunt et diutina hyems demum fatis cedat.

Litteras habui a D[omino] Browallio, Episcopo, qui edat Mineralogiam et Systema suum contra aquae marinae diminuationem. Si non esset theologus, multos adversarios haberet; nunc nullus audet resistere fulminibus theologicis.

Rumor nuper incepit vagari per totam urbem de virginis Elviae matrimonio; et fertur D[omi]nam de Hårleman propediem accessuram; quaeso, dicas hoc mihi, antequam fiet.

D[ominus] Rosen hodie curat Dominam Bielke a Podagra, quae eum antea numquam admisit et ex votis cedit, postquam Principes tres sanitati restituti et D[omi]na Ehrenpreutz.

Cures, quaeso, ut obtineamus hac aestate ab Anglia Mentham piperitam vivam pro hortis.

Quando erit iter cum dulcissima conjuge in Helsingiam instituendum?

Quid novi in coelis inter Deos?

Urbis senator noster Collin petiit Astra, ultra 60 annos natus Celsius vero et Gronvall vivunt; et Boberg fere octogenarius nuper filiam genuit.

Tu valeas cum dulcissima thori socia!

Dabam Upsal[iae] 1755 d[ie] 1 april[is].

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Last Friday, Linnaeus received two letters from Abraham Bäck [these letters have not come down to us]. He thanks Bäck for them and adds that he had had guests so that he had not had time to answer.

Linnaeus congratulates Bäck on his marriage and supposes that Bäck is enjoying his new life and that he will soon return to his duties.

Linnaeus thanks Bäck for offering him hospitality as before, but Linnaeus does not want to accept without being assured that Bäcks wife [Anna Charlotta BäckBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
] also welcomes him. If not, Linnaeus will stay elsewhere.

In Uppsala, snow is melting, water flowing and the flowers of Helleborus are opening. The winter seems to be coming to an end, at last.

Linnaeus has received a letter [Browallius to Linnaeus, 20 March 1755Letter L1234] from Johan BrowalliusBrowallius, Johan (1707-1755).
Swedish. Professor of physics, later of
theology. Bishop of Åbo.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
who is preparing a treatise on the reduction of the quantity of water [Linnaeus refers to the forthcoming Betänkande om vattu-minskningenBrowallius, Johan
Betänkande om vattu-minskningen,
hvaruti denna läran efter den
heliga skrift, naturens lagar och
förfarenheten pröfvas. Samt
oriktig befinnes
(Stockholm, 1755).
, which was published posthumously]. If Browallius were not a theologian, he would have many enemies, but since he is, nobody dares to oppose him.

There are rumours that Miss Elvia [Anna Maria StrömerStrömer, Anna-Maria
Swedish. Born Elvia, sister of Pehr
Elvius. Engaged to Daniel Ekström,
who died before they married. Wife of
Mårten Strömer.
] is going to marry Carl HårlemanHårleman, Carl
(1700-1753). Swedish. Nobleman,
architect, royal superintendent.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Linnaeus wants to be informed of the facts.

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.
is treating Mrs Bielke [Eleonora BielkeBielke, Eleonora (1725-1786).
Swedish. Wife of Sten Carl Bielke. Born
von Mentzer.
] for gout. She has never consulted him before, and does so now after three noblemen and Mrs Ehrenpreus [Catharina EhrenpreusEhrenpreus, Catharina
(1692-1775). Swedish. Wife of Carl
Diedric Ehrenpreus. Born Linroth.
] have been cured.

Linnaeus wants Bäck to arrange to obtain a living specimen of Mentha piperita from England this summer.

Linnaeus wonders when Bäck will go to Hälsingland with his wife.

Linnaeus asks in general for news from Stockholm.

Bengt CollinCollin, Bengt (1674-1754).
Swedish. Goldsmith, district court
judge, Uppsala.
has left for the stars, more than 60 years old. Olof CelsiusCelsius, Olof (1670-1756).
Swedish. Orientalist and theologian,
professor at Uppsala. Botanist and plant
collector, benefactor of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Anders GrönvallGrönvall, Anders
(1671-1758). Swedish. Professor of
ethics and political science at Uppsala.
live however, and Anders BobergBoberg, Anders (1678-1756).
Swedish. Professor of Oriental
Languages, Uppsala.
has become the father of a daughter at the age of almost 80.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original (KVA). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 333-334   p.333  p.334.