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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2338 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 11 April 1758 n.s.
Dated 1758 d. 11 april. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amico Optimo,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
Archiatro Reg[io] Primario,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Diu est, quos dulcissimas Tuas viderim. Spero, quod valeas cum Tuis. Me totum tenet studiosorum exercitus.

Collegam meum dicunt studiosi negare omnem certitudinem medicam, hypotheses esse omnia, sed Anatomen et chirurgiam unice demonstrandas.

Rumor increbuit, quod D[omin]us Prof[essor] Martin petiit examinare omnes doctores in chirurgia et Anatomia: an vere? Sic prima vis infertur facultatibus et academiis. Tu, pro Tua sapientia et in scientias et Academias amicitia, non sinas!

Accepere Anglia novum hominem s[ive] Hominem nocturnum s[ive] Troglodytam; educarunt eum in Indiis a teneris, ut noverit loqui, cantare, acu pingere &c.

D[ominus] Arch[iater] Petterson promisit mihi Gallinas Pemtades, qui praeses sum ejus filii in dissertatione de China. Invitabat me ad suum hospitium Holmiae, sed regerebam me optime et felicissime colere amicitiam Tuam, unde duplum foeneror, non modo victum et hospitium sed quod majus est, absque fastu amicitiam; nunc promisit aves.

Omnes a quibus literas habui petunt Amoenitatum tomum 4:tum; nescio, quid Salvius agit, qui non curat. Loeflingii literas transcribere curavi, ut, si edat Salvius, paratae sint.

Vale et vive felix!

1758 d[ie] 11 april[is] Upsaliae.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus has not seen Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for a long time. He hopes Bäck and his family are well. Linnaeus himself is fully occupied with his pupils.

Linnaeus has heard from his students that his colleague [presumably Samuel AurivilliusAurivillius, Samuel
(1721-1767). Swedish. Professor of
medicine, Uppsala. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
] has no real knowledge of medicine, where he just has ideas, while anatomy and surgery are his field.

Linnaeus has heard a rumour that Roland MartinMartin, Roland (1726-1788).
Swedish. Physician and surgeon,
professor of anatomy and surgery at the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm.
has asked to be permitted to examine all doctors in surgery and anatomy. That would affect the faculties very badly. Linnaeus implores Bäck not to allow that.

In England, they have a specimen of a troglodyte. He has been educated from childhood in India, so that he learned to talk, sing etc.

Peter Petersen von HeidenstamPetersen von Heidenstam, Peter
(1708-1783). Swedish.
Physician-in-ordinary to Adolf Fredrik.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has promised Linnaeus some birds. Linnaeus had presided when Petersenís son [Johan Christian Petersen von HeidenstamPetersen von Heidenstam, Johan
Christian
(1739-1774). Swedish.
Physician. Son of Peter Petersen von
Heidenstam.
] defended the dissertation on China [Dissertatio de cortice PeruvianoLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio de
cortice Peruviano
, diss., resp. J.
C. Petersen von Heidenstam (Uppsala,
1758). Soulsby no. 1991.
]. Petersen has also invited Linnaeus to Stockholm, but Linnaeus had answered that he was used to staying with Bäck where he had both lodging and, what is more, friendship without arrogance.

Linnaeus has got several letters requesting the fourth volume of Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
academicae
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
[the fourth volume was published in 1759]. Linnaeus does not know why Lars SalviusSalvius, Lars (1706-1773).
Swedish. Printer, bookseller, publisher.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
does not look after these requests. Linnaeus has had Pehr LöflingísLöfling, 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.
letters transcribed so that they can be printed when Salvius will publish them. [Löflingís letters were published in Iter Hispanicum, eller resa til spanska länderna uti Europa och AmericaLöfling, Pehr Iter
Hispanicum, eller resa til spanska
länderna uti Europa och America

(Stockholm 1758).
].

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 47   p.47.