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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2155 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 29 March 1757 n.s.
Dated 1757 d. 29 martii.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.

Amico suo optimo suavissimoque,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
Archiatro Praesidi,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Novam et propriam Tibi ex animo gratulor domum; faxit D[eus] T[er] O[ptimus], ut in ea diutissime sospes vivas.

Polliceris generose nurum, sed necesse est, ut primum generes, dein, ut pariat uxor Domina. Neutrum audivi hactenus. Ideoque diu exspectanda.

Commercium cum vino ejusque spiritu multa portendit, de quo vobis plurimum gratulor.

Sed quando habebis sermonem in obitum B[eati] Hasselquist? Doleo, quod differas. Quam pulchrum esset, si prodiisset ante absolutum ejus librum, ut de eo in praefatione agere possem.

Quaeso, dicas mihi, quo die natus fuit et quo die mortuus, cum hoc debeam necessario inserere.

Credo, quod D[ominus] D[octor] Hortsberg non succumbat nautis, modo sciat vela ventis dare.

Vellem lubenter Tui caussa praestare Boemio nostro omnia officia, quae conferrent ad Hortulanum verum. Sed video, quam ineptus sit huic negotio adversante natura.

Tu valeas cum suavissima thori socia et vive felix!

Upsaliae 1757 d[ie] 29 martii.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus congratulates Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
on his new house, his own property. He hopes that Bäck may enjoy it for a long time.

Bäck looks forward to having a daughter-in-law, but for that he must first have a son, and Linnaeus has not heard of anything in that direction, so it will take some time.

Trading in wine and spirits is very profitable, so Linnaeus is glad that Bäck has such an activity.

Linnaeus asks when Bäck will deliver his oration to the memory 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.
[Åminnelse-tal öfver kongl. vetensk. academiens framledne ledamot, medicinae-doctoren herr Fredric HasselquistBäck, Abraham
Åminnelse-tal öfver kongl.
vetensk. academiens framledne ledamot,
medicinae-doctoren herr Fredric
Hasselquist, hållit för
kongl. vetenskaps academien den 6 maji,
år 1758
(Stockholm, 1758).
]. Linnaeus is not happy about the delay, and it would be best if it could appear before Hasselquist’s report is printed, so that Linnaeus could mention it in the preface. Linnaeus also wants to know the exact dates of Hasselquist’s birth and death.

Linnaeus thinks that Lars HjortzbergHjortzberg, Lars (1727-1789).
Swedish. Docent in chemistry, adjunct in
medicine.
would be good, if he just dared to do something on his own.

Because of Bäck, Linnaeus would be ready to appoint BöhmBöhm, Swedish. Student
of horticulture at the Uppsala
University Botanical Garden.
to all the duties of a real gardener, but he sees how badly suited Böhm is for the task.

Linnaeus sends his regards to Bäck and his wife [Anna Charlotta BäckBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
].

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 23   p.23.