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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 9 November 1770 n.s.
Dated 1770 d. 9 Novembr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.


Linnaeus had got a letter from Gustaf Adolf HjärneHiärne, Gustaf Adolf
(1715-1805). Swedish. Chancellor of
Lund University. Correspondent of
[Hiärne to Linnaeus, 31 October 1770Letter L4412] about Engelbert JörlinJörlin, Engelbert
(1733-1810). Swedish. Botanist.
Linnaeus’s student. Teacher at Lund
University. Travelled in Europe.
Linnaeus’s intention to send him to Cape
was never realised. Correspondent of
and Anders Jahan RetziusRetzius, Anders Jahan
(1742-1821). Swedish. Botanist and
zoologist. Professor of natural history
at Lund. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, and it was difficult to answer it.

Linnaeus could or should not prefer Retzius to Jörlin, who had been a good pupil of Linnaeus’s for many years and definitely not inferior in merits. Linnaeus knew that Retzius had defended Linnaeus against enemies such as Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von CrantzCrantz, Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von
(1722-1799). Austrian. Naturalist
and physician. Professor in obstetrics
in 1754, Vienna.
, when Retzius worked in Lund. Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
had recommended Retzius, and Linnaeus did not have his hands free. Bäck’s recommendation settled it.

When Bäck visited Linnaeus, they had talked about covering the roof of the museum with tinplate. It would cost quite a lot, but Linnaeus asks Bäck to try to get an estimate of the cost. Linnaeus supplies a drawing of the roof with the most important measurements.

When Bäck writes to Peter HernquistHernquist, Peter (1726-1808).
Swedish. Veterinarian. Studied at
Uppsala under Linnaeus, at Greifswald,
Lyon and Paris. He established Sweden’s
first school of veterinary medicine at
Skara. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, Bäck should ask him if he has received Daniel Peter Layard’sLayard, Daniel Peter (?-1802).
British. Physician. Correspondent of
treatise on the disease in cattle, printed in London in 1768 [An Essay on the nature, causes and cureLayard, Daniel Peter An Essay
on the nature, causes and cure of the
contagious distemper among the horned
cattle in these kingdoms
, several more editions appeared ]. If not, Linnaeus will send Hernquist a copy.


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


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 177   p.177.