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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L4934 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 2 November 1773 n.s.
Dated 1773 d. 2 Novembr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Min Kiäreste H[err] Broder

Är H[err] Doctor Gahn kommen till Stockholm, så hälsa honom rätt mycket. Han har med sig en fascikel af H[err] Miller prächtige ritningar, bed honom nedlägga dem hos M[in] K[iäre] B[roder] så känna mine Bönder huset och kunna dem afhämta när de komma till stockholm; om han älliest ej tänker hälsa på oss i Upsala. jag längtar att tala med honom, som rest så hederligt och giort sig så mycken nytta på resan; han har sannerlig på resan både hedrat sig och sine Landsmän och rest med största nytta.

Att H[err]ar Banks och Solander sända mig några specimina det will jag se, sade den blinde; icke lärer det ske medan jag lefwer. Kommer Sparrman lyckel[igen] hem, medan jag lefwer, har jag mera hopp.

At nux vomica är god emot Taenia maskar, har för ut warit bekant; nylig confirmerat af D[octo]r Hagström. Allmänt i Norrland.

Succedanea för Tobak och Thé hafwa [af] många proponerats; men ändoch blifwer Tobak och The a consuetudine behållne

jag gratulerar Hans M[ajestä]ts lyckeliga återkomst i min Campare.

Bed H[err] Assess Bierchen upslå H[err] DíAbentons figurer, och se om Hans Dufwor icke stå där afritade, om de älliest äro distinctae species och ej varieteter

Kiäre M[in] Br[oder] lätt Inlander giöra Eder Medaillion, så kan jag få också et exemplar för mitt Museum.

Lef säll och munter.

jag är
Min kiäraste H[err] Broders
ödmiuke tienare
C[arl] Linné

Upsala 1773
d[ie] 2 Novembr[is]

Kongl[ig] Archiatren
Wälborne Herren
H[err] Abrah[am] Baeck
Stockholm

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus asks Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
to greet Henrik GahnGahn, Henrik (1747-1816).
Swedish. Physician. Linnaeusís student.
Founder of the Swedish Society of
Medical Sciences in 1807. Correspondent
of Linnaeus. Son of hans Jacob Gahn and
brother of Hans Jacob Gahn the Younger.
from him if Gahn comes to Stockholm. Gahn will bring a number of nice drawings by John MillerMiller, John (1715-1780).
German. Painter and engraver. Moved to
London in 1744. Published Illustratio
systematis sexualis Linnaei
(1777).
for Linnaeus, and Bäck should take care of them and keep them until one of Linnaeusís farmers can collect them. This is in case Gahn will not go to Uppsala, which Linnaeus would prefer, for he wants to talk with Gahn.

Linnaeus does not think that Joseph BanksBanks, Joseph (1743-1820).
British. Naturalist, president of the
Royal Society. Together with Daniel
Solander he took part in Cookís first
voyage. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and Daniel SolanderSolander, Daniel (1707-1786).
Swedish. Professor of Law, Uppsala.
Married to Anna Margareta Solander.
Brother of Carl Solander and uncle to
Daniel Solander. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
will send him any specimens. If Anders SparrmanSparrman, Anders (1748-1820).
Swedish. Naturalist, physician and
traveller. Disciple of Linnaeus. In 1765
he went on a voyage to China and in 1772
to the Cape of Good Hope, where he
served as a tutor. Later the same year,
Sparrman went on James Cook´s
second voyage as assistant naturalist to
Johann Reinhold Forster and his son
Johan Georg Adam Forster. After his
return to Sweden in 1776 he was
appointed keeper of the natural
historical collections of the Royal
Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1780. In
1787 he participated in an expedition to
West Africa. Practicing physician in
Stockholm. Author of several works, the
best known of which is his account of
his travels in South Africa and with
Cook. Son of Brita and Eric Sparrman.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
returns home while Linnaeus is still alive, Linnaeus would hope for some.

It is well known that Nux vomica is effective against tapeworm, and Johan Otto HagströmHagström, Johan Otto
(1716-1792). Swedish. Physician and
naturalist. Linnaeusís student. Linnaeus
wrote the introduction to his Pan
apum
(1768), on bee-pollinated
flowers. He was one of the tutors of
Carl Linnaeus the Younger. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
has recently confirmed it. The illness is common in the Northern parts of Sweden.

Many have been suggested substitutes for coffee and tea, but many still keep to them out of pure habit.

Linnaeus is glad that the King [Gustav IIIGustav III, (1746-1792).
Swedish. Reigned 1771-1792. Son of King
Adolf Fredrik and Queen Lovisa Ulrika,
brother of Sofia Albertina and Karl
XIII. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] has returned to Linnaeusís small chamber.

Linnaeus suggests that Pehr af BjerkénBjerkén, Pehr af
(1731-1774). Swedish. Pupil of
Linnaeus. City medical officer,
Stockholm. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
looks in Louis Jean Marie DaubentonísDaubenton, Louis Jean Marie
(1716-1800). French. Curator at Jardin
des plantes in Paris. Professor of
mineralogy. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
work to see if his pigeons are depicted there, and if they are distinct species and not only varieties [Daubenton assisted Jean-Louis Leclerc, comte de BuffonBuffon, Jean-Louis Leclerc, comte de
(1707-1788). French.
with his Histoire naturelleBuffon, Jean-Louis Leclerc, comte de
Histoire naturelle
générale et
particulière avec la description
du cabinet du roi
, 44 vol. (Paris,
1749-1804).
, vol. I, when the part where the birds were described, was published in 1770, Daubenton had already left the project].

If Bäck lets Inlander [Carl Fredrik InlanderInlander, Carl Fredrik (-1775).
Swedish. Artist.
] make his portrait in the form of a medallion, which Linnaeus would suggest, Linnaeus also wants a copy for his museum.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 208-209   p.208  p.209.