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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1913 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 6 May 1755 n.s.
Dated 1755 d. 6 maji.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amico Integerrimo Excellentissimoque,
D[omino] D[octori] A[BRAHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Vicisti tamen, Amicorum optime, et procurasti mihi 10 nummos aureos, quos non habuissem, nisi Te Amicum obtinuissem maxime sincerum; cui hoc donum debeo primario optime novi et gratissima mente agnosco; accepi hoc donum cumulatum multo honore; mittam intra octiduum alteram observationem et miraberis, ni fallor.

Doleo et maxime doleo, quod solus hic debeam laborare cum studiosis; novisti Tu omnium optime, quomodo diversae partes artis debent a diversis tradi; et si unus laboret alterque deficiat, unico tantum pede insistat tyro. Bone Deus, quam splendidum nosocomium quamque vacuum aegris, et quam posset facile res felicissime peragi in Rei medicae et Totius Regni commodum, sed praestat inhaerere luco. Certe Chirurgi manibus pedibusque laborant, et insomnes res suas agunt, dum academia patitur.

Miror profecto maxime, quod Dahlberg et Rolander moras nectant in Belgio et quam ob caussam.

Te interprete primum intellexi litteras, quas extricare nullus alius facile posset.

Vivas cum dulcissima conjuge diu felix et hillaris ac promovere ne intermittas artis cultores, quibus te totum consecrasti.

Dab[am] Upsal[iae] 1755 d[ie] 6 maji.

C[arolus] Linnaeus.

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 having saved ten gold coins for Linnaeus, which Linnaeus would not have had if Bäck had not been his friend. Linnaeus is very much honoured by this gift and within a week will send Bäck some observations that will surprise him.

Linnaeus is very sorry that he has to work alone with the students. Bäck knows very well that different parts of the profession should be taught by different persons and that there should be a backup if some teacher cannot work. Linnaeus sees great advantages in such an arrangement, but he cannot do anything about it. The surgeons work day and night without sleep, as long as the university permits them.

Linnaeus is surprised that Carl Gustaf DahlbergDahlberg, Carl Gustaf (?-?).
Swedish. Colonel and owner of a
plantation in Surinam. Daniel Rolander
went to Surinam to serve as tutor for
Dahlberg’s children. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
and Daniel RolanderRolander, Daniel (1725-1793).
Swedish. Naturalist and explorer.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Went to Surinam in 1755-1756.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
are still in Holland.

Helped by Bäck, Linnaeus has understood the letter that nobody else could get straight.

The letter ends with regards to Bäck’s wife [Anna CharlottaBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
].

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 336-337   p.336  p.337.