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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, May-June? 1756 n.s.
Dated . Sent from () to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in .

Amicissimo BAECKIO

Quidquid agis, cura, ut valeat Summus Tessin. Eo enim stante etiamnum virent scientiae, quae cum eo cadunt, uti ab eo excitatae fuere. Cura hos proceres uti pupillas Regni. De restitutione Ill[ustrissimi] D[omini] Höpken non metuo, cum tertiana facile in fugam se conjiciet viso Aesculapio; at febris illa irregularis somnolenta non placet. Fac, ut proximo cum tabellario sciam, ut valeat, et typum morbi. Si me ames, amice integerrime suavissime, mala fata avertas a meo patre et fabro meae fortunae; millies precor, devotus oro.

Omnes Holmiae dicunt me esse myssa, et hic Te eandem induisse larvam; Tu solus me novisti; ego Te. Ego certe notatus fui ob familiaritatem aliquam cum D[omino] Ihre, quam debui colere ob alium finem et proprium quoddam commodum, sed ille me non prius mutabit quam Papa.

Si occurras D[omi]no Osbeck, dicas ei me accepisse ejus literas.

Petii a Seguierio Plantas rariores Veronenses e monte Baldo; heri: accepi sed unicam e singulis; adeoque non pro paupere amico.

Inclusum gramen est rarissimum, nec in Speciebus prostat; poteris divinare genus?

Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK


Linnaeus urges BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
to take care of Carl Gustaf TessinTessin, Carl Gustaf
(1695-1770). Swedish. Count, important
politician and patron of science and
art. He supported Swedish artists and
scientists and collected art, books and
natural history objects. He assisted
Linnaeusís career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
, who is a very important patron of all science. These eminent persons must be treasured. Linnaeus does not fear Anders Johan von HöpkenísHöpken, Anders Johan von
(1712-1789). Swedish. Count and
statesman. One of the founders of the
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.The
Chancellor of the Uppsala University
1760-1764. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
remedy, as tertian fever is easily cured, but Linnaeus is not pleased by the irregular and drowsy fever. Linnaeus asks Bäck to inform him by the next mail on the development and on the kind of disease, and hopes that Bäck can cure the man who has made Linnaeusís fortune.

In Stockholm, everybody says that Linnaeus belongs to the party of the Caps [in Swedish:Mösspartiet], and in Uppsala they say the same about Bäck. Bäck is the only one who knows where Linnaeusís sympathy is, and vice versa. The reason for the rumour about Linnaeus must have been his affairs with Johan IhreIhre, Johan (1707-1780).
Swedish. Philologist. Professor of Latin
and later of eloquence and political
science at Uppsala.
, but that was due to quite other matters. When it comes to politics, Ihre is about as important to Linnaeus as the Pope is.

If Bäck sees Pehr OsbeckOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
Swedish. Clergyman, botanist explorer.
Studied at Uppsala under Linnaeus
1745-1750. Chaplain on ships of the
Swedish East India Company on voyages to
China. Vicar of Hasslöv (Halland).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, he should tell him that Linnaeus has received his letter.

Linnaeus had asked Jean François SéguierSéguier, Jean François
(1703-1784). French. Antiquarian
and botanist, Nimes. Correspondent of
for rare plants from the Verona region. He received one of them the day before.

Linnaeus encloses a seed of a very rare plant, not listed in Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 480.
. Bäck is welcome to guess what it is.


a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnťs arkiv). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 10-11   p.10  p.11.