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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4592 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 4 December 1771 n.s.
Dated 1771 d. 4 Decembr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Min Kiäraste H[err] Broder

hos Min H[err] Broder aflägger jag mycken tacksäjelse för sändningen af Burmanni conchylier och Flora malabarica.

jag skall aflägga af desse en hop för unge Broder Baeck, som af de mäste woro flere individua; ingen af alla war ny för mig.

Floram Malabaricam &c. tror jag mig och kunna imitera, om jag endast tager mine Species plantarum och där af utdrager först nomen Hort[i] Malab[arici]; och sedan mitt nomen genericum och triviale.

När som bud går till Stockholm torde jag få låta afhämta Hils opus, som M[in] K[iäre] Br[oder] warit gunstig och bärgat.

wij skrämmas här för stockholm rustningarne; Gud gifwe fred i wåra dagar

jag är oaflåteligen
Min Kiäraste H[err] Broders
ödmiuke tienare
Carl Linné

Upsala 1771
d[ie] 4 Decembr[is]

[a][a] : MS1. [added at the left margin
of fol. 1r
]
Adjunctens Acrells fru ligger i barnsäng äfter en Dotter. så fort går för Medicis. en 5 åhrig son fick han gratis

Archiatren
Wälborne Herren
H[err] Abr[aham] 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 sending him Burmann’s [Linnaeus refers presumably to Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] shells and Flora Malabarica: sive index in omnes tomos Horti MalabariciBurman, Johannes Flora
Malabarica: sive index in omnes tomos
Horti Malabarici, quem juxta normam a
botanicis hujus aevi receptam

(Amsterdam, 1769).

Linnaeus will lay aside several of the shells for Bäck’s son [Carl Abraham BäckBäck, Carl Abraham
(1760-1776). Swedish. Son of Anna
Charlotta and Abraham Bäck.
], since there are several of the same species and none of them is new to Linnaeus.

Linnaeus thinks that he also can make a Flora Malabarica by extracting from Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum
(Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500.
those which are known from that region and giving his trivial name.

Linnaeus will let a messenger to Stockholm collect John Hill’sHill, John (1716-1775).
British. Pharmacist, physician and
supervisor of the botanical gardens at
Kew. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
work [Linnnaeus refers to The Vegetable systemHill, John The Vegetable
system; or, a series of [... ]
observations tending to explain the
internal structure and the life of
plants, etc.
, 26 vol. (London,
1759-1775).
] from Bäck, who had been kind enough to recover it.

There is some unrest in Uppsala because of the armament in Stockholm. He wishes that there could be peace in his time.

P.S. Linnaeus reports that Johan Gustaf Acrel’sAcrel, Johan Gustaf
(1741-1801). Swedish. Physician and
surgeon. Student of Linnaeus. Defended
the dissertation De morsura
serpentum
pro exercitio under
Linnaeus in 1762, and another pro gradu
under Samuel Aurivillius in 1764. Took
his master´s degree at the
Surgical society in 1763. Lecturer
(adjunct) of medicine at the University
of Uppsala in 1767. professor of
theoretical medicine there in 1784 and
of practical medicine in 1788. Married
to Anna Maria Borell. Son-in-law of
Anders Borell. Brother in-law of Wendla
Sidrén. Nephew of Olof af Acrel.
Correspondent of Carl Linnnaeus the
Younger. [Source:Sandermann Olsen]
wife [Anna Maria AcrelAcrel, Anna Maria Swedish.
Married to Johan Gustaf Acrel, daughter
of Anders Borell, sister of Wendla
Sidrén, sister-in-law of Jonas
Sidrén.
] had just given birth to a daughter. It was very soon after the wedding, so it goes fast for medics. Acrell got a five year old son in the bargain.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 187   p.187.

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
MS1. [added at the left margin of fol. 1r]