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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4415 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 26 October 1770 n.s.
Dated 1770 d. 26 Oct.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Swedish.

Min Kiäreste H[err] Broder

jag har warit i dödsens kiäftar. En min bonde på Hamarby och jag blefwo siuka på en dag af förstopning; han dog på 8de dagen i purgation i hwilken den slutade sig. jag kom på 3 weckor ej mer än 3 gånger till stohls och det med purgerande medicament. en förträffelig tryckning åt sätet, som de starkaste spasmi haemorrhoides. magen smälte ej maten; alla krafter förgingo; mat kunne jag ej se. nu på 8 dagar tyckes jag repat mig så att [jag har] föga kiänning, utom matthet; appetiten har kommit och stohlgången i sin ordning.

jag har haft många bref.

Browne har hemkommit ifrån S[aint] Thomas.

Ellis om Anisum stellatum och Lasianthus

Brunniche med några rara Insecter

Fabricius med många americanske Insecter

Scopoli med figurer till insecta carneolica.

Brunniches bok öfwer fiskarne wid Marseille

Oeders nya tabeller till Flora Danica.

Hallers nya historia plantarum. han har med ähren fallit och aftagit otroligen;

ja tänkte få saker, men fick inga.

Här föllier Clematis recta.

jag förbl[ifwer]
Min Kiäreste H[err] Broders
ödmiuke tienare
Carl Linné

Upsala 1770
d[en] 26 oct[ober]

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus writes to Abraham Bäck Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
that he has been seriously ill.

A farmer of his and he himself had fallen ill in constipation on the same day. The farmer had died after a week. Linnaeus had not been able to defecate more than three times in three weeks, and then with strong laxatives. He had lost his appetite. Now, during the latest week, his state improves. He can eat, his stomach is in order, but he still feels weak.

Linnaeus lists the many letters that he has received recently and gives some hints of what they contain: Patrick BrowneBrowne, Patrick (1720-1790).
Irish. Botanist who made six voyages to
the West Indies. In 1756 he published
The Civil and natural history of
Jamaica
(1756). Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
has returned from St. Thomas [Browne to Linnaeus, 7 September 1770Letter L4406]. John EllisEllis, John (1711-1776).
British. Merchant and naturalist, expert
on zoophytes. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has written about Anisum stellatum and Lasianthus [Ellis to Linnaeus, 25 September 1770Letter L4403]. Morten Thrane BrünnichBrünnich, Morten Thrane
(1737-1827). Danish. Professor of
natural history, Copenhagen. Later
employed by the Danish mining department
in Norway. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has sent some rare insects [Brünnich to Linnaeus, 1 June 1770Letter L4383]. Johan Christian FabriciusFabricius, Johan Christian
(1745-1808). Danish. Professor of
economy and natural history in
Copenhagen. Linnaeus’s pupil 1762-1764.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has given Linnaeus several American insects [see Fabricius to Linnaeus, 15 May 1768Letter L4075]. Giovanni Antonio Scopoli’s letterScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
contained illustrations for Insecta Carneolica [Linnaeus refers to Entomologia CarniolicaScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Entomologia Carniolica, exhibens
insecta Carniolae [... ] distributa
[...] methodo Linnaeana
(Vienna
1763).
; it is unclear which letter from Scopoli that Linnaeus refers to, as he received the illustrations through Johan Jacob FerberFerber, Johan Jacob
(1743-1790). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Mitau, of mineralogy at St
Petersburg. Superintendent of the board
of mines, Berlin. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
, see Ferber to Linnaeus, 29 July 1770Letter L4385]. Brünnich had also sent a copy of his book about the fishes at Marseille [Linnaeus refers to M. T. Brunnichii [..]. Ichthyologia MassiliensisBrünnich, Morten Thrane
M. T. Brunnichii [..]. Ichthyologia
Massiliensis, sistens piscium
descriptiones eorumque apud incolas
nomina. Accedunt Spolia maris
Adriatici
(Copenhagen & Leipzig,
1768).
. Georg Christian von OederOeder, Georg Christian von
(1728-1791). German/Danish. Botanist
and economist. Studied under Albrecht
von Haller in Göttingen and became
professor of botany at Copenhagen.
Minister of finance for Norway. Started
the publishing of Flora Danica.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sent new pictures for [Flora danica]. Icones plantarum sponte nascentium in regnis Daniae et NorvegiaeOeder, Georg Christian von
[Flora danica.] [Flora danica].
Icones plantarum sponte nascentium in
regnis Daniae et Norvegiae, in ducatibus
Slesvici et Holsatiae, et in comitatibus
Oldenburgi et Delmenhorstiae: ad
illustrandum opus de iisdem plantis,
regio jussu exarandum, Florae danicae
nomine inscriptum
, 17 vol., Suppl.
(1 v.) (Copenhagen 1766 [i.e.
1761]-1883).
]. Albrecht von HallerHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had published a new edition of “Historia plantarum” [Linnaeus refers to Haller’s Historia stirpium indigenarum Helvetiae inchoataHaller, Albrecht von Historia
stirpium indigenarum Helvetiae
inchoata
2 vol. (Bern, 1768)
], but Linnaeus adds that he thinks that Haller has declined considerably during the last few years. Linnaeus had hoped to get something from Haller, but nothing came.

A specimen of Clematis recta is enclosed.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnés arkiv). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 176   p.176.