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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2270 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 30 December 1757 n.s.
Dated 1757 d. 30 decemb.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Illustri BAECKIO,
Benefactori optimo,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Dixerat C[omes] Tessin se Gevaliam profecturum visurum Upsaliam nunc in reditu Gevalia Holmiam; videbit Upsaliam, qua propter et ego exspectare debeo Hospitem illustrissimum.

Dixere omnes Te in Aula Ulrickdalae versari; et malevoli Morbum Tuum tantum ab hesterna ortum, adeoque mox recessisse; de hoc plura referam praesens.

Absolvi tantum dimidium operis s[ive] tomum priorem systematis; non vero attigi alterum, non minoris voluminis.

D[ominus] Halman, qui cum Hildebrandis erat, creatus est Theolog[iae] Doctor S[anctissimae].

Tempus tero in perlegendo novos characteres Beati Loeflingii, quos composuit in America et Ortega ad me misit.

Audivi ab exteris plura de Bello quam optaveram; Di meliora.

Exteri nihil novi habent; omnia a nobis poscunt.

Post dies 20 festus spero me visurum Amicissimum meum Holmiae per horulam vel noctem.

Fausta quaevis cum novo anno animitus voveo; faxit Deus, ut cum Tua et Tuis vivas diutissime felix.

Vale amicissime!

Upsal[iae] 1757 d[ie] 30 decemb[ris].

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

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
Linnaeus’s career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
had said that he would come to Uppsala on his way to Gävle. Now, he is about to visit Uppsala on his way back to Stockholm, so Linnaeus looks forward to receiving him.

Linnaeus refers a rumour that Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
is staying at the Court in Ulriksdal, and Bäck’s enemies also say that his illness had been very short.

Linnaeus has finished half the work, that is the first volume of Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
naturae
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
. The second, quite as big, remains. [The 10th edition was published in two volumes, “Animalia” 1758 and “Vegetabilia” 1759. The third volume, “Mineralia” was never published].

Daniel Zacharias HallmanHallman, Daniel Zacharias
(1722-1782). Swedish. Clergyman. Pastor
at the Swedish legation in Madrid, dean
at Strängnäs. Linnaeus’s
student in 1744-1746. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, who was tutor of Henric Jacob Hildebrand’s Hildebrand, 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.
], has become doctor of theology.

Linnaeus is busy reading the new characters 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.
had written in America. José OrtegaOrtega, José (?-1761).
Spanish. Military pharmacist of the
Spanish army. Secretary of the Academy
of Medicine of Madrid. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
had sent them to Linnaeus.

From foreigners, Linnaeus has heard more about the war than he likes to hear.

Linnaeus’s foreign friends have nothing new to tell, and they all ask Linnaeus for news.

After Hilarymas, Linnaeus hopes to go to Stockholm and see Bäck for an hour or a night.

Linnaeus wishes Bäck a happy new year and a long life with his family.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 36   p.36.