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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 29 April 1757 n.s.
Dated 1757 d. 29 April.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Unico optimoque Amico,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
Archiatro Praesidi.

Accessit D[ominus] Fris una cum pharmacopoea Haffniensi; pro viribus studebo, ne frustra Upsaliam petierint.

Quae scripsi de tribus novi certissime; demonstrare possem, sed nolo, sed tranquille sustineam.

Hodie literas habui a malevolo theologo, in quibus durissimis verbis e Bibliis sacris desumtis castigatus sum, ob duas imprimis caussas. Quod dederim consilium pro pane parando, quasi ego me opponerem poenae publicae divinae, reprehendit etiam durissime Medicos, qui inoculatione variolarum et Medicamentis student avertere poenam divinam. Secundo, quod scribam literas librosque publicos, et impendo tempus philosophicis speculationibus, quod consumerem in acquirendo salutem animae.

Quaeso, dicas, quas velis et nominas dissertationes meas, quas ego non dudum tradidi.

Quaeso, Amicissime, qui omni studio promoves artes, quaeras, num ullus Holmiae possideat librum History of Aleppo, som forledit åhr utkommit på engelska i London; et si occurrat, cures, ut mutuam habeam, pro systemate meo, per octiduum tantum, cum in eo plurimae species novae Avium, piscium &c. occurrant.

Vale dulcissime cum Tua!

Upsaliae 1757 d[ie] 29 april[is].

Wälborne Hr Doctor BAECK


Linnaeus writes to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Carl Gustaf FrisFris, Carl Gustaf (-1765).
Swedish. Student in Uppsala 1734, later
employed at the Maternity Hospital in
Stockholm (Allmänna
has come to see Linnaeus, bringing the Danish pharmacopoeia. Linnaeus will study it as much as he can, so that they have not brought it to him in vain.

Linnaeus knows very well what he has written about three persons. He could give proof, but he does not want to.

Linnaeus has received a letter from a malevolent theologian who blamed him, with quotations from the Bible, for acting against the will of God by giving advice on bread-baking and for writing books in science and giving his time to philosophical speculations instead of thinking of the salvation of his soul.[Linnaeus refers to the reaction caused by his treatise Archiaterns [...] Carl Linnaei Berättelse om the inhemska wäxterLinnaeus, Carl Archiaterns
[...] Carl Linnaei Berättelse om
the inhemska wäxter, som i brist af
säd kunna anwändas til
bröd-och matredning
1757). Soulsby no. 548.
].Other doctors are also blamed for trying to avert Godís will by inoculation against smallpox and other treatments.

Bäck should tell Linnaeus which of Linnaeusís dissertations he would like to receive that Linnaeus has not already handed him.

Linnaeus asks Bäck to investigate if somebody in Stockholm has the book History of aleppo, published in London the year before [Linnaeus refers to Alexander RusselísRussel, Alexander (?-1768).
British. Scottish doctor of medicine.
The natural history of AleppoRussel, Alexander The natural
history of Aleppo: and parts adjacent.
Containing a description of the city,
and the principal natural productions in
its neighbourhood; together with an
account of the climate, inhabitants, and
(London, 1756).
]. Linnaeus wants to borrow it for a week, for his work on the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
since it contains several new species of birds, fishes etc.


a. original (KVA). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 24   p.24.