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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2715 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 11 April 1760 n.s.
Dated 1760 d. 11 april.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish & Latin.

Viro amplissimo et illustri,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus.

Devotissimas reddo pro praestitis mihi amicitiae infucatae documentis Holmiae, dum ultimo Te salutabam. Doleo tantummodo, quod oblitus sum Tecum loqui de Martino nostro, qui vivit in summa pauperie, in urbe Bergen Norvegiae, ubi ne obolum possidet. Procuravit ipsi Episcopus Aboensis D[ominus] D[octor] Menander Stipendium Ekenstubbianum, sed tamen nullos inde potest reportare fructus, cum nulla se offerat occasio transmittendi pecunias. Scripsi et oravi D[ominum] Wargentin, quod Academia scientiarum aliquot ipsi praenumeraret pecunias; at rescripsit nullum esse Holmiae, qui commercium coleret cum Bergensibus, adeoque non posse mittere wexel. Quidquid sit, non deberet hic juvenis perire, antequam descripserat quae ibi didicerat de caussa Elephantiasi[s] et ulcerum cachoeticorum, in augmentum singulare artis salutaris. Quaeso ideo loquaris cum D[omino] Wargentin et in academia, quo habeat unde vivat, ne pereat nobilissima observatio. Certe ante eum nullus vidit conchas anomias alias quam petrifactas; ille remisit vivas, cum suis animalibus, toto coelo a reliquis conchis diversas.

Pulcherrimi sunt versus hi nostrae Nymphae, de Tinea cucullo mutabili; ceterum Polypus mutat colores secundum lapidem cui adhaeret, quemadmodum et Chamaeleon.

Vale et vive cum Tua!

Upsaliae 1760 d[ie] 11 april[is].

[a][a] : [added on f. 3r; there is no
indication of where it should be
inserted].
Laga äntel[igen] att Ass[essor] Wahlbom el[le]r Kiaehler får Ammiralitets beställningen, men för all ting ej den tredie, ty han är ej att comparera med de 2 andre, utan wärkel[igen] en idiot; mäst alla hans båtsmän äro döde i winter, som här säges, neml[igen] dem han haft under sin cur.

Archiatren
Wälborne Herren H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for their meeting in Stockholm during Linnaeus’s latest visit there.

Linnaeus is sorry that he forgot to talk to Bäck about Anton Rolandsson MartinMartin, Anton Rolandsson
(1729-1785). Swedish. Student of
medicine. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who lives in Bergen totally penniless. Carl Fredrik MennanderMennander, Carl Fredrik
(1712-1786). Swedish. Archbishop and
scientist. As bishop of Åbo he
promoted science. A new chair in
chemistry, a laboratory, a botanical
garden were founded at his initiative. A
close friend of Linnaeus. Husband of
Ulrica Mennander and Johanna Magdalena
Mennander. Father of Carl Fredric
Fredenheim. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had given him Ekenstubbe’s scholarship, but there is no way to send the money to Martin. Linnaeus had asked Per Wilhelm WargentinWargentin, Pehr Wilhelm
(1717-1783). Swedish. Astronomer and
statistician. Secretary of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences since 1749.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
for the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences [Kungliga Svenska VetenskapsakademienKungliga Svenska Vetenskapsakademien,
Swedish. The Royal Swedish
Academy of Sciences, Stockholm. Founded
in 1739.
] to advance some money [Linnaeus to the Academy of Sciences, 1 April 1760Letter L2723], but Wargentin had answered that he could not find anyone who had contacts with Bergen. However, Martin should not perish there. He had to find out the causes of some diseases that he was there to study. Linnaeus asks Bäck to make another effort with Wargentin and others to try to help Martin, who is the first to see live Concha anomia.

The poem by our poetess [presumably Hedwig Charlotta NordenflychtNordenflychtHC, Hedvig Charlotta
(1718-1763). Swedish. Author.
] on Tinea cucullo mutabili is very nice.

A polyp changes its colour after the stone it sits on, just like the chameleon.

P.S. Linnaeus asks Bäck to arrange for either Johan Gustaf WahlbomWahlbom, Johan Gustaf
(1724-1808). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Studied at Uppsala under
Linnaeus, anatomy, surgery and
obstretics at Wittenberg. Provincial
physician at Kalmar. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
or Mårten KählerKähler, Mårten
(1728-1773). Swedish. Physician, orator
and poet. Studied under Linnaeus and
Nils Rosén von Rosenstein. Served
as physician of the admirality at
Karlskrona. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
to get a certain position that they have applied for; the third applicant is no good for anything.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original (KVA). [1] [2] [3] [4]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 80-81   p.80  p.81.

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
[added on f. 3r; there is no indication of where it should be inserted].