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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2555 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 16 July 1759 n.s.
Dated 1759 d. 16 julii.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Excellentissimo Praesidi,
Regii Collegii Medici,
S[alutem]
C[arolus] Linnaeus.

Spes mihi non fefellit, dum spe[ravi] Te solum et velle et posse prom[overe] scientias, quas semper in deliciis [ha]buisti. Nec alter superest, qui [has] curas gerit. Sic Te, Scientiarum Maecenate, videbit orbis literatus ga[zas] hasce stupendas rerum naturalium. Tibi grates agant seri nepotes, quod haec ipsis vindicasti ab interitu; rudi mea fistula tuas laudes canam.

Fac, ut incipiat quam primum depingere, cum summum sit semper periculum in mora. Ego non tam facile Drotningholmam venero; quamdiu Magnificentissimi munere fungor, potest ille me absente aeque commode pingere.

Stupefactus miror Te, ne verbum scribere, quod acceperis tr[actatum] de Troglodyta, quem sub Tuo involucro misi ante 14 dies.

Kratzenstein scripsit commentaria in Regenfusii conchylia; sed Kratzensteini opera a Rege Danorum vetita, adeo ut nunc ea conscribuntur a Theologo, adjutore tornatore regio.

Vale et vive in augmentum et Praesidium artis!

Upsaliae 1759 d[ie] 16 julii.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus praises Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
as a great benefactor of science, almost the only one in Sweden, who has helped to save so many remarkable things for posterity. Linnaeus will contribute to the praise with his simple flute.

Linnaeus advises Bäck to have the copying start at once [Linnaeus refers to the work with Carl Alexander Clerck’sClerck, Carl Alexander
(1709-1765). Swedish. Entomologist.
Assessor in Stockholm. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, Icones insectorum rariorumClerck, Carl Alexander Icones
insectorum rariorum cum nominibus eorum
trivialibus, locisqve e C: Linnaei [...
] Syst: nat: allegatis
, 2 vol.,
(Stockholm 1759-1765).
]. There are great risks in a postponement. Linnaeus cannot come to Drottningholm himself as long has he holds the position of Vice-Chancellor, but the work of copying the illustrations can be done without Linnaeus being there.

Linnaeus is surprised that Bäck has not acknowledged receipt of the treatise on the troglodyte [Linnaeus means presumably the Dissertatio academicis, in qua anthropomorpha [...]Linnaeus, Carl Dissertatio
academicis, in qua anthropomorpha
[...]
, diss., resp. C. E. Hoppius
(Uppsala, 1760). Soulsby no. 2124.
], or the original manuscript, ”Menniskans kusiner”], which Linnaeus had sent him a fortnight earlier.

Christian Gottlieb KratzensteinKratzenstein, Christian Gottlieb
(1723-1795). Danish. Physician and
physicist. Professor in Halle, from 1754
professor of experimental physics at
Copenhagen. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has written commentaries to Franz Michael Regenfuss’Regenfuss, Franz Michael
(1713-1780). German. Engraver and
art-dealer. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
work on Conchylia [Choix de coquillages et de crustacésRegenfuss, Franz Michael
Choix de coquillages et de
crustacés peints d'après
nature, gravés, en taille douce
et illuminés de leurs vraïes
couleurs
(Copenhagen 1758).
], but the King of Denmark [Fredrik VFredrik V, (1723-1766).
Danish. Reigned Denmark and Norway
1746-1766.
] has vetoed the publication of Kratzenstein so that it is now being written by a theologian [Johan Andreas CramerCramer, Johan Andreas
(1728-1788). Danish. Court chaplain.
], an assistant and a turner [Lorenz SpenglerSpengler, Lorenz (1720-1807).
Swiss. Swiss-born zoologist, who moved
to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1743.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] at the Danish Court.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 70-71   p.70  p.71.