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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 27 June 1772 n.s.
Dated 1772 d. 27 junii. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Min Kiäreste H[err] Broder

nu begynner jag längta äfter parollen af Min K[iäre] Broders lofwen; Min Sophia längtar äfter sin fästman. De små fröknerne böra hafwa mera omgänge att upmuntras på landet. Lätt dem, stackars små, som hafwa ingen moder, få roa sig med mine flickor öfwer den wackrasta sommaren.

Knifsbrunna här i sochn, som Adjunct Juris Wall ägde, ett berustat Sätterie, kommer nu på auction, och som tros d[ie] 16 julii; jag wet ingen, som är där på hugad mer än Prosector Ziervogel. Kom änteligen att se på det; gården ligger här i Dannemarks sochn; har egen hielpelig skog, 2ne skiöna dammar; mycken åcker; hagar &c; halfwa augmentet är tillagt stammen; halfwa utom. 1 Ryttare.

Det meriterar att ses. Då är M[in] Br[oder] säker om sitt capital; osäker altid hos löntagare och kiöpmän

Sådan egendom fås sällan.

Må wähl Min hiertans Broder; alla mina hälsa och tacka för senast; jag för altid, som är

Min Kiäreste H[err] Broders
ödmiuke tienare
Carl Linné

Upsala 1772
d[ie] 27 junii

Forster Catalogue of British Insects Lond. 1770. 8.
- " - of animals of north america - " - 1771. 8vo.
- " - Centuria 1 novar. insector. specier. - " - 1771. 8.
- " - Flora americae septentrionalis - " - 1771. 8.
Kalms resa verterad på ängelska 1771. 8.
Osbecks - " - 1772. 8.
Vandelli Fasciculus plantar. (Mexicanar.). Ulyssip. 1771. 4to.
Coackley Lettsom Travellers compagnion. Lond. 1772. 8vo

äro mig nys sände.

Kongl[ig] Archiatern
Wälborne Herren
H[err] Abrah[am] Baeck


Linnaeus reminds Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
of his promise to visit them. Linnaeus’s daughter Sophia [Sophia LinnaeaLinnaea, Sophia (1757-1830).
Swedish. Daughter of Carl Linnaeus and
Sara Elisabet Linnaea. Sister of Carl
Linnaeus the Younger and of Elisabeth
Christina, Louisa and Sara Christina
Linnaea. Wife of Samuel Christoffer
] has begun to long for her young man [Linnaeus means presumably Carl Abraham BäckBäck, Carl Abraham
(1760-1776). Swedish. Son of Anna
Charlotta and Abraham Bäck.
], and Bäck’s daughters [Emerentia Maria OxenstiernaOxenstierna, Emerentia Maria
(1763-1818). Swedish. Married to Axel
Fredrik Oxenstierna, daughter of Abraham
and Anna Charlotta Bäck, sister of
Carl Abraham Bäck and Anna Sophia
and Anna Sophia IhreIhre, Anna Sophia (1762-).
Swedish. Married to Albrecht Ihre,
daughter of Anna Charlotta and Abraham
Bäck, sister of Carl Abraham
Bäck and Emerentia Maria
] should be allowed to leave Stockholm and have some pleasant days with Linnaeus’s daughters [presumably the three youngest daughters, Louisa LinnaeaLinnaea, Louisa (1749-1839).
Swedish. Daughter of Carl Linnaeus and
Sara Elisabet Linnaea. Sister of Carl
Linnaeus the Younger and of Elisabeth
Christina, Sara Christina and Sophia
, Sara Christina LinnaeaLinnaea, Sara Christina
(1751-1835). Swedish. Daughter of Carl
Linnaeus and Sara Elisabet Linnaea.
Sister of Carl Linnaeus the Younger and
of Elisabeth Christina, Louisa and
Sophia Linnaea.
and Sophia] during the summer.

The estate Knivsbrunna, formerly owned by Nils WallWall, Nils (-1771). Swedish.
District judge, Uppsala.
, is about to be sold by auction. Only Samuel ZiervogelZiervogel, Samuel (1730-1793).
Swedish. Supervisor of Sätra Brunn.
is interested, as far as Linnaeus knows. Linnaeus suggests that Bäck should have a look at it. It is a nice estate with woodland, two lakes, large fields etc. Half of it is obliged to keep one horseman.

It is really worth seeing. It is a safe investment, while salaried workers and merchants have more risky business. That kind of property rarely comes onto the market.

Linnaeus forwards thanks from his family to Bäck for their stay with Bäck.

P.S. Linnaeus lists eight works that he has recently received. Four of them are by Johann Reinhold ForsterForster, Johann Reinhold
(1729-1798). German. Naturalist and
voyager. Visited St Petersburg, Moscow,
Saratov and Constantinople before he
went to England. In 1772 he took part in
Cook’s second voyage. Moved to Halle in
1780 to become director of the botanical
garden. Father of Johan Georg Adam
Forster. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, A Catalogue of the Animals of North AmericaForster, Johann Reinhold A
Catalogue of the Animals of North
America [...]To which are added short
directions for collecting, preserving
and transporting, all kinds of natural
history curiosities
(London, 1771)
, A Catalogue of British InsectsForster, Johann Reinhold A
Catalogue of British Insects

(Warrington, 1770).
, Novae species insectorumForster, Johann Reinhold
Novae species insectorum: Centuria
(London 1771).
, Americae septentrionalisForster, Johann Reinhold
Flora Americae Septentrionalis; or a
catalogue of the plants of North
America. Containing an enumeration of
the known herbs, shrubs, and tree, many
of which are but lately discovered;
together with their English names, the
places where they grow, their different
uses, and the authors who have described
and figured them
(London 1771).
, and the rest are Pehr Kalm’sKalm, Pehr (1716-1779).
Swedish. Botanist and traveller,
professor of natural history at
Åbo. Disciple of Linnaeus.
Travelled in North America 1748-1751.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Pehr Osbeck’sOsbeck, Pehr (1723-1805).
Swedish. Clergyman, botanist explorer.
Studied at Uppsala under Linnaeus
1745-1750. Chaplain on ships of the
Swedish East India Company on voyages to
China. Vicar of Hasslöv (Halland).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
travel reports translated into English [Travels into North AmericaKalm, Pehr Travels into North
America : containing its natural
history, and a circumstantial account of
its plantations and agriculture in
general, with the civil, ecclesiastical
and commercial state of the country, the
manners of the inhabitants, and several
curious and important remarks on various
(London, 1770-1771).
Soulsby no. 2586d.
and A voyage to China and the East IndiesOsbeck, Pehr A voyage to
China and the East Indies. Together with
A voyage to Suratte by Olof Toreen. And
An account of the Chinese husbandry by
Captain Charles Gustavus Eckeberg
vols. (London, 1771).
], Domenico Vandelli’sVandelli, Domenico (1735-1816).
Italian. Physician and botanist. Left
for Portugal in 1764, where he was a
professor at the university of Coimbra.
He was the founder of Ajuda botanical
garden in Lisboa and of the Coimbra
botanical garden, where he was also the
first director (1773-1791).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Fasciculus plantarum Vandelli, Domenico Fasciculus
plantarum, cum novis generibus, et
(Lisboa, 1771).
and John Coakley Lettsom’sLettsom, John Coakley
(1744-1815). British. Physician,
London. Born on the Little van Dyke
island in the West Indies. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
The naturalist’s and traveller’s companionLettsom, John Coakley The
naturalist's and traveller's companion :
containing instructions for discovering
and preserving objects of natural
(Cheapside, 1772).


a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnés arkiv). [1] [2] [3] [4]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 197-198   p.197  p.198.