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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2273 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 13 December 1757 n.s.
Dated 1757 d. 13 Decembr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Illustri BAECKIO
Suo
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus.

Attonitus ex literis Te, Amice integerrime, Morbo laborare; faxit Deus, ut Te numquam ereptum doleam, dum ego vixero. Spero meliora.

Utinam valetudo Tua concederet mihi gratiam Te videndi Upsaliae sub feriis, dum hyems placida faveret, vel etiam ut posses mihi in media via obviam ire per noctem; alias Holmiam proficisci, ut Tecum loquar de re maximi momenti, et de statu nostro Medico et Medicinae alumnis.

Utinam scirem, qua ratione possem inservire commodis Grufbergii; lubenter facerem. Utinam ille studio indefesso vellet arti, cui se consecravit, se totum tradere!

Forte inunctione posset dulcis filiola servari a Tussi; Oleo expresso, Butyro Majoranae, similibusque; interne Butyro de Cacao.

Devotissima mea dicas Nobilissimae conjugi.

Vivas sospes & felix!

Upsal[iae] 1757 d[ie] 13 Decembr[is].

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] D[octo]r BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus is surprised to see from Abraham BäcksBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
letter [this letter has not come down to us] that Bäck is ill. Linnaeus hopes that he will not have to mourn for Bäck and hopes for improvement.

Linnaeus wishes that Bäcks health will permit him to come to Uppsala for the holidays, as long as he could take advantage of the mild winter. Linnaeus is also ready to go half-way and see Bäck. In the worst case, Linnaeus will have to go to Stockholm and talk to Bäck about important matters, such as the state of medicine and the young students of medicine.

Linnaeus would like to know how he could help Isaac Olof GrufbergGrufberg, Isaac Olof
(1736-1764). Swedish. Student of
Linnaeus. Defended the dissertation
Flora Anglica pro exercitio under
Linnaeus in 1754, and another pro gradu
under Samuel Aurivillius in 1760.
Secretary at the Collegium medicum in
Stockholm. Medical practitioner
there. [Source:Sandermann Olsen]
, who should devote himself totally to the profession he has chosen.

Linnaeus suggests that Bäcks daughter [Margareta BäckBäck, Margareta
(1757-1758). Swedish. Daughter of Anna
Charlotta and Abraham Bäck.
] could be relieved of her coughing rubbing her with, for example, a mixture of oil and spices. Cocoa butter is a good medicine for internal use.

Regards to Bäcks wife [Anna Charlotta BäckBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
] conclude the letter.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 35-36   p.35  p.36.