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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1917 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 2 May 1755 n.s.
Dated 2 Maji 1755.. Sent from () to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Integerrimo et infucato Amico,
D[omino] A[BRAHAM] BAECK,
Archiatro & Praesidi,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus.

De gratia Reginae Tibi ex animo gratulor; faxit Deus, ut sit sempiterna. De reliquis nescio, num gratuler; inconstans enim fuit tempestas Aprilis mensis; multo minus gratuler nobilissimae conjugi Tuae de earum amicitia; certus esto, quod ea periclitetur aliquando.

Accepit Literas Regii Collegii Medici facultas nostra; perlegi easdem bis, nec tamen possim eruere, quid sit petitum s[ive] mandatum in § 1. Dicas itaque mihi, quid petas om tillgång på sådane ämnen, så wähl som om teras tillförlåteliga skickelighet och frägd som härtill fodras. Qui promoti sunt, sunt etiam examinati et approbati, adeoque a Fac[ultate] m[edica] digni judicati. Reliqui nondum praestarunt examina, et nondum capaces sunt.

Omnes nostri studiosi jam occupati sunt in exercendo praxin medicam, quamvis plerique non gustarunt scientiam primis labris; his occupati negligunt scientiam, cum praxis quotidie nummos offerat; sic habebitis aliquando plurimos practicos absque scientia.

Quid factum fuit cum nummo aureo ab academia scientiarum per te, amicissime, mihi destinato?

Quid faciam cum observatione de Morbo spasmodico Smolandorum? Pro ea observatione deberem obtinere aliquid, sed nullus curat, ut video.

Oblitus sum ultimo remittere catalogum, quem hic includo. Agas meis verbis Botanico Holmensi et Exsiccatori Regio plurimas gratias pro orchidibus missis. Utinam vellet ita curare, ut possem videre ambas has species vivas hoc vere, ut per eum sic proficeret Flora; honorificam ejus mentionem faciam ad has plantas in nova Flora, si potuit curare, ut has vivas obtineam in horto hoc vere florentes.

Hic regnat furor philosophicus in promendo more majorum alumnos in Magistros; utinam plerique essent hoc honore digni.

Med[icinae] Doctor D[ominus] D[ominus] Hiortzberg, amanuensis chemiae, propediem ducat in uxorem filiam primogenitam s[anctissimae] Theol[ogiae] Doctoris Wallerii (sitt syskonebarn) et hoc, ut unanimi ore fertur ob valde praegnantes caussas, scilicet quemadmodum pater, dum duxerat suam pie defunctam uxorem, e qua haec primum nata; sic induit filia matris mentem; sed quo se suamque alat nescit vulgus. Etiamnum avide exspectamus mandatum ad pharmacopaeos de pretio adscribendo formulis.

Devotissima mea officia dicas noblissimae conjugi, cum qua diu vivas sospes et felix.

Dabam d[ie] 2 Maji 1755.

[a][a] : [added on f. 3r; there is no
indication of where it should be
inserted].
An D[ominus] Rhen confecerit picturas pro museo Regio? Vel quid fiet?

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus congratulates Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
on the Queen’s [Lovisa Ulrika Lovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] favour, and he hopes that it will continue. Linnaeus is not sure if he should congratulate Bäck on other things, such as the shifting weather in April and the friends of Bäck’s wife [Anna Charlotta BäckBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
]. Bäck should be sure that there will be difficulties sometimes.

The faculty of medicine at the university has received a letter from Collegium MedicumCollegium Medicum, Swedish.
The Swedish Board of Physicians,
originally Collegium medicorum, in
Stockholm, was founded in 1663.
and Linnaeus has read it twice without being able to understand what was being asked for or what was ordered in it. Bäck should make it more clear. Bäck should be aware that those who have passed the examinations are fully trained, and that those who have not are not.

All the students are now busy studying medical practice, although several of them have not studied theory. This can happen, since practice gives them money, and in that way, there will always be practicing doctors without theoretical training.

Linnaeus wonders what became of the award that had been made to him by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences[Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
].

Linnaeus wonders about the observations of the spasmodic disease in Smoland. He feels he should get some recognition, but nobody seems to care.

Linnaeus includes a catalogue that he had forgotten to send with the previous mail.

Linnaeus asks Bäck to forward his thanks to the Royal botanist for the orchids he sent. Linnaeus hopes that he will be able to see them both alive in the spring, since they should be included in the Flora [Linnaeus refers to the forthcoming second edition of the Flora Svecica 2nd ed.Linnaeus, Carl Flora Svecica
: exhibens plantas per regnum Sveciae
crescentes, systematice cum differentiis
specierum, synonymis autorum, nominibus
incolarum, solo locorum, usu
oeconomorum, officinalibus
pharmacopaeorum
2nd ed. (Stockholm
1755). Soulsby no. 409.
]. He promises to honour the man by mentioning him in the new edition, if he can arrange so that Linnaeus has them in his garden this spring.

There is furious activity in promoting students to the philosophical degree, and Linnaeus hopes that most of them are really worthy of that honour.

Lars HjortzbergHjortzberg, Lars (1727-1789).
Swedish. Docent in chemistry, adjunct in
medicine.
will very soon marry Nils Wallerius’Wallerius, Nils (1706-1764).
Swedish. Professor, Uppsala, Wolffian
philosopher.
eldest daughter [Margareta Elisabeth HjortzbergHjortzberg, Margareta Elisabeth
Swedish. Wife of Lars Hjortzberg,
daughter of Nils Wallerius.
], who, it seems, is in very advanced pregnancy. There had been the same situation when Wallerius married the bride’s mother. Linnaeus is not sure what Hjortzberg and his wife will live from.

Linnaeus and his colleagues are eagerly waiting for rules for assigning prices to prescriptions.

Linnaeus sends his regards to Bäck’s wife and wishes them both a long and happy life.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original (KVA). [1] [2] [3] [4]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 335-336   p.335  p.336.

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
[added on f. 3r; there is no indication of where it should be inserted].