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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2229 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 19 August 1757 n.s.
Dated 19 augusti 1757. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Illustri Praesidi,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

In litteris Marsilia datis refert D[ominus] Halman, qui Praefectus filiorum Hildebrandi fuit, se mississe per naves ad S[erenissimam] Reginam Suem Tajacu s[ive] moschiferum mexicanum, et alia. Jussit Gubernatori haec tradere Archiatro S[erenissim]ae M[ajesta]tis D[omi]no Baeck, quo obtineat pretium pro transfretatione, quod facile curabis. Sed antequam tradas hoc singulare Animal Serenissimae, quaeso, inquiras in folliculum moschiferum supra clunes animalis intra pilos occultatum et examines, utrum materia secernenda sit verae moschi [...].

Rumor dispersus est inter Hispanos, quod optimus Loeflingius perierit; spero meliora, quamdiu non certo constet. Habui literas de hac re, sed adhuc spes est.

Spero Nobilissimam conjugem cum blanda filia valere. Et Tu valeas.

Upsaliae d[ie] 19 augusti 1757.

Dicas mihi, utrum D[ominus] D[octor] Bierchen petat Angliam vel non? Si prius etiam quando?

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

From Daniel Zacharias HallmanHallman, Daniel Zacharias
(1722-1782). Swedish. Clergyman. Pastor
at the Swedish legation in Madrid, dean
at Strängnäs. Linnaeusís
student in 1744-1746. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
formerly the tutor of Henric Jacob HildebrandísHildebrand, Henric Jacob
(1707-1775). Swedish. Diplomat. Swedish
envoy in Spain. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
sons [Jacob Henrik HildebrandHildebrand, Jacob Henrik
(1742-1759). Swedish. Lieutenant.
and Claes Henrik HildebrandHildebrand, Claes Henrik
(1743-1809). Swedish. Lieutenant.
], Linnaeus has received a letter written in Marseilles [Hallman to Linnaeus, 25 June and 5 July 1757Letter L5878 andLetter L2216, both letters were sent from Bordeaux], reporting that Hallman has sent the [Queen Lovisa UlrikaLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] a specimen of Sus tajacu and some other animals. The shipment is addressed to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, and the captain will contact Bäck to be paid for the freight, which Bäck will manage easily. However, before the animal is handed over to the Queen, Bäck should investigate the glands hidden in the fur of the feet of the animal and see if it is real musk or not.

Linnaeus has heard a rumour from Spain that Pehr LöflingLöfling, Pehr (1729-1756).
Swedish. Botanist and explorer. Studied
under Linnaeus. Went to Spain in 1751
and took part in the Spanish expedition
to Venezuela in 1754, where he died.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
} is dead. Linnaeus hopes that it is false, since he has not got any reliable information.

Linnaeus sends his regards to Bäckís wife [Anna Charlotta BäckBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
] and little daughter [Margareta BäckBäck, Margareta
(1757-1758). Swedish. Daughter of Anna
Charlotta and Abraham Bäck.
].

P.S. Linnaeus asks if Pehr af BierchenBjerkén, Pehr af
(1731-1774). Swedish. Pupil of
Linnaeus. City medical officer,
Stockholm. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will leave for England or not, and if so, when that will happen.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original (KVA). [1] [3] [4]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 30   p.30.