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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 24 January 1763 n.s.
Dated 1763 d. 24 Januari.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amicissimo suo BAECKIO
v[on] Linné.

Ut jam vales amicissime; a longo tempore nihil quidquam de Te audivi.

Ego consenesco, struoque domos pro futura vidua relinquendisque filiis. Nec possum cum meo amicissimo confabulari, qui nolit me visitare.

Historia plantarum Imberti Botanici Monspeliensis Professoris hisce diebus edita est; in qua Auctor anonymus malitiosissime delineat ignorantiam Imberti.

In abitu visitavit D[ominus] Forskåhl hortum; hortulanus professori retulit access[iss]e Botanicum Suecicum et forte Linnaeum, unde consternatus Professor conjecit se in fugam jussitque hortulanum dicere se praedium petiisse.

Praeterito mense fui electus Acad[ademiae] Parisinae socius extraneus.

Quomodo vales in Aula Tua?

Nihil hic plane novi.

Salutem dicas Tuis!

Upsaliae 1763 d[ie] 24 Januari.

Wälborne Herren
H[err] Doctor BAECK


Linnaeus has not heard from Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
for a long time and hopes he is well.

Linnaeus is getting old, and he is preparing his house for his future widow and the children whom he must leave. Nor can he talk with his friend Bäck, who does not want to visit him.

François ImbertísImbert, Jean-François
(1722-1785). French. Chancellor of the
University of Montpellier.
Historia plantarum has just been published [Linnaeus refers to the Lecons de botaniqueImbert, Jean-François
Leçons de botanique, faites au
jardin royal de Montpellier par monsieur
Imbert recueillis par mr Dupuy des
( [Avignon], 1762).
]. In the volume, an anonymous author criticises Imbert for his ignorance in a very nasty way. [The book was a satire against Imbert, by Pierre CussonCusson, Pierre (1727-1783).
French. Physician and botanist,
Montpellier. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Antoine GouanGouan, Antoine (1733-1821).
French. Botanist, Montpellier. Student
under Sauvages. Director of the
botanical garden in 1767, later
professor of botany and medicine.
Although an admirer of Linnaeus he tried
to develop a hybrid of his system of
classification. Correspondent of
and Pierre Étienne CrassousCrassous, Pierre Étienne

Pehr ForsskålForsskål, Peter
(1732-1763). Swedish. Naturalist and
explorer. Linnaeusís student, professor
in Denmark in 1759. Joined a Danish
expedition to Egypt and Arabia in 1761.
Died at Jerîm, Arabia.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had visited a botanical garden, and the gardener had reported to the professor in charge that a Swedish botanist, maybe Linnaeus, had paid a visit. The professor had been stupefied, run away and told the gardener to say that he had left for his country estate [the letter from Forsskål, where this episode presumably was told, has not come down to us].

The month before, Linnaeus had been elected a foreign member of the French Academy of sciences [Louis, count of Saint Florentin and afterwards duke of La VrilliereLouis, count of Saint Florentin and
afterwards duke of La Vrilliere,

(1705-1777). French. Minister of the
Kingís household in 1749, a minister of
state in 1751.
to Linnaeus, 11 December 1762Letter L6051].

Linnaeus asks Bäck how he is in his palace. He has nothing new to report, and sends his regards to Bäckís wife [Anna Charlotta BäckBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.


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


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 105   p.105.