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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 22 February 1758 n.s.
Dated 22 febr. 1758. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

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

Sum hac tempestate minima pars ipse mei. Lego quotidie publice, privatim, privatissime. Auditorum corona stipatus numerosissima, ut domus vix capiat. Peregrini nos inviserunt, e quibus Marchie Italus, qui pulchras dabit observationes de Polypis; sed ipse eos non novit. Interim dispositio horum, quam mihi obtulit in M[anuscriptis], egregia est, imprimenda Wiennae.

Misi 600 thaleros Londinum pro herbario Brownii redimendo; utinam salvum accederet a piratis intactum! Tum certo haberem omnes plantas Rolandri.

D[ominus] Åman iterum praestitit primum examen, sed misere. Debuissem repellere, sed non sustinui, ne frangerem juvenem, ne Tuam commendationem calcarem; sed rediit altero die, dixit mihi suum statum, ab aere alieno implicatum ad 4000 thaleros, quod paraverit se ad vota Regii collegii medici. Petiit nostram gratiam, quod istius misericordes essemus, et concederemus ipsi gradum, quasi hoc ex nostra gratia unice penderet.

Rogo, ora, quaeso, voces eum Holmiam, et examines ipse; si dignum judices, nos libenter in eum honores conferamus. Lubentissime sumamus pecunias; inde nobis nullum onus. Sed video, quod, si ille accedat W[ester]bothniam, a chirurgis contemnetur, uti prior vel forte magis, quod minus paratus et promtus, et Tota medicina incolis evadat fabula.

Nondum vidi Hist[oriam] naturalem de Aleppo, sed a Te, Amice optime, multoties sciscitatus sum.

Vale dulcissime!

Dabam Upsaliae.
Upsaliae d[ie] 22 febr[uarii] 1758.

Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK


Linnaeus writes to Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
that he is very busy lecturing, both publicly and privately. His listeners are so many that the house can hardly take them. He also has visitors from abroad, among them an Italian, MarchieMarchie, Italian. , who will present interesting observations on polyps. Linnaeus has seen his manuscript for a work that will be published in Vienna.

Linnaeus has sent 600 daler to London in order to buy Patrick Browne’sBrowne, Patrick (1720-1790).
Irish. Botanist who made six voyages to
the West Indies. In 1756 he published
The Civil and natural history of
(1756). Correspondent of
herbarium. He hopes it will arrive without attacks from pirates. The collection will give Linnaeus access to all Daniel Rolander’sRolander, Daniel (1725-1793).
Swedish. Naturalist and explorer.
Studied at Uppsala University under
Linnaeus. Went to Surinam in 1755-1756.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.

Nils ÅmanÅman, Nils (1731-1783).
Swedish. Student in Uppsala 1751, MD
1760, lector, Härnösand.
had been examined a second time, and performed rather poorly. Linnaeus should have rejected him, but out of pity for the young man, and obeying Bäck’s recommendation, he did not. Åman had returned afterwards and explained his situation. He was in debt for 4,000 daler, and he asked to be accepted out of mercy, as if that was his only chance.

Linnaeus suggests that Bäck calls Åman to Stockholm and examines him there. If Bäck accepts him, Linnaeus will be glad to promote him to the degree in Uppsala and to accept his fee for that. However, if Åman were to be appointed regional doctor in Västerbotten, he would be despised by the surgeons as rather ignorant, and the inhabitants would question the medical profession.

Linnaeus has not yet seen the book on Aleppo [Linnaeus refers to Alexander Russel’sRussel, 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).
], although he has asked Bäck about it several times.


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


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 44-45   p.44  p.45.