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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 14 September 1756 n.s.
Dated 1756 d. 14 septemb.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amico optimo,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
Archiatro Regio,
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Stupefactus etiam hodie legi in novellis publicis Regem Borussiae Lipsiam intrasse. Quid sibi velint haec praeludia? Ut valeas ex intimo corde opto. Deberem incipere impressionem Itineris Hasselquistiani, sed vix audio, sat sap[ienti].

Brownii liber non meus est; mutuam habeo ejus historiam a D[omi]no Finley, restituturus post octiduum, quum ab eo facile obtinere poteris. Est certe egregius auctor.

Hortulani res desperata est; quam nec Aesculapius ipse restitueret.

Anxius ero de Hortulano; nisi obtinuero optimum, cadat hortus noster cum omnibus suis plantis.

Si Tu esses aeque promptus & paratus ac Rex Borussiae, posses invisere Upsaliam quasi incognito et videre Tuum.

Vale, amice sacratissime!

Dab[am] Upsaliae 1756 d[ie] 14 septemb[ris].

Vera Spigelia non erat, qua usus est D[ominus] D[octor] Bergius. Spigelia enim fructificat in Horto, sed non aperit flores. Habeo tantum duas.

Wälborne H[err] Doct[or] Baeck
Regii Colleg[ii] Med[icorum] Praesidi


Linnaeus has been surprised to see in the news that the King of Prussia [Frederick IIFrederick II, (1712-1786).
German. Reigned from 1740.
] has invaded Leipzig. He wonders what it may lead to.

Linnaeus hopes that Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
is in good health.

Linnaeus would like to start the printing of Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
report Iter Palaestinum eller resa til heliga landetHasselquist, Fredrik Iter
Palaestinum eller resa til heliga
(Stockholm 1757).
, but he almost does not dare to do so.

Linnaeus does not have a personal copy of Patrick Browne’sBrowne, Patrick (1720-1790).
Irish. Botanist who made six voyages to
the West Indies. In 1756 he published
The Civil and natural history of
(1756). Correspondent of
work but only borrowed it from Robert FinlayFinlay, Robert (1719-1785).
Irish. Merchant. Conducted the
trading-company Finlay & Jennings in
Stockhom together with John Jennings.
for a week. Undoubtedly, Bäck will be allowed borrow it too.

Linnaeus does not expect his gardener to recover from his pleurisy, and if he does not have a good gardener, his plants will be jeopardized.

If Bäck was as active and keen as the King of Prussia, he would visit Linnaeus in Uppsala incognito.

P.S. Linnaeus adds that Petter Jonas Bergius did not use the real Spigelia. Linnaeus has two specimens of the plant in the garden; they grow but they do not open their flowers.


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


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 12   p.12.