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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1952 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 9 September 1755 n.s.
Dated 9 septembr. 1755. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.

Illustri D[omino] D[octori] BAECKIO
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Mimosa ista non erat Asiatica, sed omnino Americana, quocumque demum fato orientalis facta.

Radix, quam sub alio nomine proposui, erat Lobeliae species, non istius siphiliticae Kalmii, sed alius species, quam ulterius non habui, et misere amisi vel oblitus sum in camera Drotningholmae.

Video optime confusam oeconomiam Tuam, qui debes procul abesse a chara uxore; sed simul video iniquiora fata, dum dulcissima, Te absente aegra, luscinam vocabit, dum tenelli nati aegri patrem optimum absentem dolunt. At vir sapiens sperat infestis, metuit secundis. Nihil est ab omni parte beatum; vel carebis praxi aurea vel sostro archiatri honorifico. Tu feras sortem et, ut soles, contentus vive et perfer quae mutari nequeunt!

Video ego futura tempora, et mutationes quibus subjecti sumus mortales. Venient forte secula, quo Tu non amplius aptus judicaris, cum alius magis placeat et in tuum locum surrogetur cum sostro a Te hodie summo jure obtento. Tum habebis asylum in aurea praxi. Tum feras iniquam sortem fortiori animo, et laetaberis de illata injuria.

Odontalgia, qua laborat uxor, forte a statu gravido derivanda; forte sola china in electuario cum Robe sambuci succurrat.

Cum Legatus D[ominus] Panin ultimo aderat, dedit mihi diploma Societatis s[ive] Acad[emiae] Petropolitanae, ut essem Academiae socius, de qua re Tu olim mihi scripsisti, quemque honorem, nisi me omnia fallant, et Tibi uti omnia alia debeo et gratus agnosco.

Utraque Musa in horto spadicem produxit et spatham; intra triduum florebit, spectaculo numquam in Suecia viso.

Cras exspectamus senatorem Bonde et Dominam Marteville.

Depingimus omni vespera plantas dormientes et delineamus easdem ea methodo, qua numquam antea fuere observata ad lucem candelae.

Ter vale et perfer fortunam Tuam, quam si non ipse observas nulla erit.

Dabam Upsaliae d[ie] 9 septembr[is] 1755.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus writes to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
that the Mimosa was not Asian but American. It had become an Oriental by some accident.

The root that Linnaeus had proposed under another name came from a Lobelia, not that described by Pehr KalmKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
but another. Linnaeus has not had it for a long time. He may have forgotten it at Drottningholm.

Linnaeus can understand that Bäcks life is disturbed by his wifes [Anna Charlotta BäcksBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
] absence. However, it would be worse if he was away from his sick patients. A wise man is hopeful in difficulties and fearful in good times. Nothing is good in all respects, and Bäck would lose either his practice or his salary as the Kings [Adolf FredrikAdolf Fredrik, (1710-1771).
Swedish. King of Sweden. Reigned
1751-1771. Married to Lovisa Ulrika.
Father of Gustav III. Chancellor of
Uppsala university 1747-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] doctor. He should choose, and live happy with what he takes, since it cannot be changed. Linnaeus warns him that he might lose his position at Court, and then, his private practice will keep him going.

Bäcks wife has toothache. It might be caused by her pregnancy. Linnaeus suggests a remedy.

Nikita Ivanovitz PaninPanin, Nikita Ivanovitz
(1718-1783). Russian. Statesman,
ambassador in Stockholm.
had given Linnaeus the diploma for his membership in the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. Bäck had written to Linnaeus on that issue, and Linnaeus finds cause to thank Bäck for that honour.

Both species of Musa prosper in the garden, and they will flower within three days.

Linnaeus expects Gustaf BondeBonde, Gustaf (1682-1764).
Swedish. Count, Councillor, member of
the Royal Society of Sciences. Married
to Viveca Bonde, father of Carl Bonde.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Mrs Marteville [Louise van MartevilleMarteville, Louise van Dutch.
Wife of Lodewijk van Marteville.
] on the following day.

The whole of the preceding evening, Linnaeus had been busy depicting sleeping plants by the light of candles, which has never been made before.

Linnaeus bids farewell with the advice that Bäck should be careful with his position, which is less safe than he may be aware.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 351-352   p.351  p.352.