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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2359 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 23 June 1758 n.s.
Dated 23 junii 1758. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Min wärdaste Broder,

Cantharides transmissas esse veras Cantharides officinarum, quales ex Hispania mittuntur, dubium esse nequit.

Die Lunae erat promotio, praesentibus pluribus Fautoribus et Patronis; Te unice desiderabam.

Te plurimum salutat D[ominus] D[octor] Sauvages; dixit se a Te literas accepisse et misisse ad me dissertationes, quodque ego ex iis pro Te seligam.

Scripsi, ni fallor, ultimo D[ominum] Anton[ium] Jussieu ultimum diem vidisse et Le Monier successisse in ejus locum, quodque Bernhardus noster petierit vacationem a munere.

Tota hebdomade detenti fuimus a nobilibus hospitibus, cum quibus variis in locis edimus et bibimus. Nunc discedunt et Maecenates et collegae et auditores, ut exsoluta sit urbs.

Cum Drotningholmae, ut spero, vivas, quaeso, vide ne quid detrimenti capiant Papiliones Serenissimae, cum inde damnum totius publici boni, ejusmodi collectio non prostat.

D[omi]nus Säfström accessit cum Tuis, sed doleo, quod tam sero accesserit; nunc solvuntur curae nostrae, ne currat ad extremum ridendus et ilia ducat Doc[toris].

Vale!

Upsaliae d[ie] 23 junii 1758.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

There was no doubt that the flies that were sent are the real Cantharides officinarum that are supplied from Spain.

The academic promotion took place on the preceding Monday in the presence of several prominent persons. Linnaeus regrets that Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
was not there.

François Boissier de La Croix SauvagesSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
(1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has sent greetings to Bäck through Linnaeus [Sauvages to Linnaeus, 15 May 1758Letter L2349], and he says that he has written to Bäck and sent treatises to Linnaeus, from which Linnaeus can choose some to send on to Bäck.

Linnaeus mentions, as he thinks he has done already, that Antoine de JussieuJussieu, Antoine de
(1686-1758). French. Botanist,
professor of botany, Paris. Brother of
Bernard and Joseph de Jussieu. Joseph
Pitton de Tournefort’s successor. Uncle
of Antoine Laurent de Jussieu.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has died, that Louis Guillaume Le MonnierLe Monnier, Louis Guillaume
(1717-1799). French. Physician and
naturalist. Professor of botany at the
Jardin des plantes in Paris. Personal
physician of Louis XV. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
has succeeded him in Paris and that Bernard de JussieuJussieu, Bernard de
(1699-1777). French. Professor of
botany, brother of Antoine and Joseph de
Jussieu. Demonstrator at the Jardin des
plantes. Sébastien Vaillant’s
successor. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has resigned from his position.

Linnaeus has been very busy with noblemen as guests for the whole week, having dinners at various places. Now they, Linnaeus’s colleagues and Linnaeus’s students are leaving Uppsala, so that the town will seem deserted.

When Bäck is at Drottningholm, Linnaeus asks him to see that the Queen’s [Lovisa UlrikaLovisa Ulrika, (1720-1782).
Swedish. Queen of Sweden 1751-1771.
Married to Adolf Fredrik. Mother of
Gustav III. Sister of Fredric II of
Prussia. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] butterflies are not damaged. There is no similar collection, so it would be a serious loss.

Andreas SäfströmSäfström, Andreas
Swedish. Official at Kungliga
Kanslikollegium, the Swedish Government
Offices, son of Säfström.
has left for Stockholm, but Linnaeus regrets that it has not happened earlier. Now Linnaeus does not need to worry that Säfström will become a laughing-stock.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 51   p.51.