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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2353 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 2 May 1758 n.s.
Dated 1758 d. 2 maji.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Integerrimo suo BAECKIO
Linnaeus.

Vicit tandem amor scientiae sacram auri famem inter aegros Galeni. Laetor, quod honorifice pro rostris stabis die Saturni caussam acturus discipuli eheu mei.

Quaeso, quaeras etiam in academia, quid fiet de Loeflingianis, quae jam habeo transcripta, inque prelum parata.

Quid, quaeram a Tingitano s[ive] Barbaro non novi. Si vellet mittere Jerbuam s[ive] murem istum longissimis pedibus posticis Hasselquisti, esset ille gratissimus. Caeterum nescio, quae habeant, nisi feras, adeoque nihil novi petere, sed credas me certum in hospitibus non esse amorem. Nam errat ut illi, cumque optimus fuerit, nihil est.

Numquam vidimus in hac urbe tot aegros una eademque vice; sed leviter laborant.

Habent in Anglia hominem troglodytam Syst[ematis] nat[urae], qui loquitur Anglice, cantat, net et suit, sed tantum noctu; die enim caecutit.

Frigida tempestas urit plantas horti.

Nos in otio molli Academico nihil minus quam otiosi sumus.

Vive diu felix cum dulcissima Conjuge!

Vale et me porro, prout soles, ama!

Dabam Upsaliae 1758 d[ie] 2 maji.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor Baeck
Stockholm

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus is glad that love of science has vanquished greed for patients’ gold, and that Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
will act for Linnaeus’s pupil on the following Saturday.

Linnaeus asks Bäck to ask the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] what will happen to the texts from 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.
, which Linnaeus has transcribed and which are ready to be printed [Linnaeus means the texts published the same year as, 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).
].

Linnaeus does not know what to ask Tingitanus for. It would be nice if he could send a specimen of Mus Jaculus with its long hind legs, known from Fredrik HasselquistHasselquist, Fredrik
(1722-1752). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist, explorer. Studied under
Linnaeus and Lars Roberg 1741-1749. Went
to Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Cyprus,
Rhodes and the island of Chios. Died
near Smyrna. Son of Magnus and Helena
Maria Hasselquist, brother of Andreas
Hasselquist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
[Linnaeus refers to "Mus Aegyptius"Hasselquist, Fredrik "Mus
Aegyptius", Acta societatis
regiae scientiarum Upsaliensis

(1744-1750, [1751]).
]. Linnaeus does not know what else they could have, except wild animals. Linnaeus is not too fond of this kind of guest.

Linnaeus has never seen so many sick people in the town at the same time as now, but they are not seriously ill.

The troglodyte they have in England can speak English, sing and other things, but only during the night, as he is blinded by the daylight.

The cold weather burns the garden plants. In his academic peace, Linnaeus has anything but a peaceful life.

Linnaeus sends his regards to Bäck and his wife [Anna Charlotta BäckBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
].

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 49-50   p.49  p.50.