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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1930 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 14 July 1755 n.s.
Dated 1755 d. 14 julii.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

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

Detentus Hospitibus nulla ratione vacabat ultimo cum tabellario scribere.

Scribo Gottingam, ut audiam, quis sit delator Baronatus, et spero quam primum responsum.

Continuo cum esu Fragarum et valeo magis contentus in obscuro nostro horto quam forte multi in splendidissima vestra aula.

Miser Tantalus in undis habebis conjugem vix per horam remotam, nec liceat adire; sed haec quidem vis est.

Pictor delineavit Phrymam, sed est satis commodus.

D[omi]nus Åman descripsit catalogum; impellam filium, ut colligat quantum poterit.

D[ominus] D[octor] Benzelstierna, uti videtur, eligitur in ablegatum ad ordines Regni.

Miror profecto, quod Itinerarium Hasselquistianum minus curiosum scribas; putabam illud contenturum infinita inaudita et stupenda.

Hodie attulit D[omi]nus Åman catalogum; curabo, uti filium exsiccet, quotquot poterit.

Vale infucatae amicitiae Phoenix amicissime!

Upsal[iae] 1755 d[ie] 14 julii.

Archiatren/ Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Due to visitors, Linnaeus had been unable to write to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for the latest mail.

Linnaeus will write to Göttingen and ask who had told them.

Linnaeus continues to eat his strawberries and feels much better in his shady garden than many do at Court.

Linnaeus pities Bäck for his wifeís [Anna Charlotta BäckBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
] absence.

The illustrator [presumably Carl Eric BergqvistBergqvist, Carl Eric
(1711-1781). Swedish. Linnaeusís
draughtsman, illustrated all of his
travels and almost all of his
dissertations.
] had made a picture of Phryma lepyostachya, and the result is acceptable.

Nils ÅmanÅman, Nils (1731-1783).
Swedish. Student in Uppsala 1751, MD
1760, lector, Härnösand.
has copied the catalogue. Linnaeus will ask his son [Carl Linnaeus the YoungerLinnaeus the Younger, Carl
(1741-1783). Swedish. Botanist. Son of
Carl Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Brother of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa,
Sara Christina and Sophia Linnaea.
Attended his fatherís lectures, had
private tutors (Löfling, Rolander,
Solander and Falk, all Linnaeusís
students). Demonstrator of botany at
Uppsala. Succeeded his
father.
] to collect as much as possible.

Lars BenzelstiernaBenzelstierna, Lars
(1719-1780). Swedish. Professor of
Greek and Theology, Uppsala. Vicar of
the Parish of Danmark. member of the
Swedish Riksdag. Bishop in
Västerås 1759.
seems to be elected member of the Swedish Riksdag.

Linnaeus is surprised that Bäck considers Fredrik Hasselqvistís travel report [Linnaeus refers to the forthcoming Iter Palaestinum eller resa til heliga landetHasselquist, Fredrik Iter
Palaestinum eller resa til heliga
landet
(Stockholm 1757).
] to be rather mediocre. Linnaeus had thought it would contain lots of new and strange things.

Åman has brought the catalogue, and Linnaeus will ask his son to prepare as many of the dried specimens requested as possible.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 345   p.345.