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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L5135 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, August 1775 n.s.
Dated 1775 torsdag Augusti. Sent from Hammarby (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Min Kiäreste H[err] Broder

just då jag i dag tänkte på M[in] K[iäre] Br[oder] som jag ej hört af på nogon tid, blifwer jag fägnad med kiära brefwet af 7 augusti.

Smultron har jag haft tillräkeligen.

Ryttare mötet förtog mig mycken tid

De månge Insecter Doct Fothergill i England sändt mig, som warit hämtade från Guinea, hafwa giort mig en tid dageligt arbete

bref från Forster med wår Sparrman, som warit åt södra polen, hade jag då de på hemresan kommit till cap[ut] b[onae] spei; at jag hoppas det de nu äro i London

hans hälsa, lille Br[or] Carls, har ståt på sig; den anstöt af Haemoptysi war ej betydande; jag tror hans egen oro (hemsiuka) giorde den.

Hettan war i måndag hos oss odrägelig

om i Holmbergs snäcksambling fins någon som jag ej har i systemet, så tänk på mig

Att M[in] K[iäre] B[roder] skulle willia se mig mera på Hammarby, trodde jag ej wara alwara, tror ej ännu för än jag ser det, ty M[in] K[iäre] B[roder] har så wankelordigt lofwat; sker det ock ej nu, så wet Gud om det någonsin [sker].

Min Gud om jag hade fröknerne här, nog skulle de få äta kiörsbär. de smaka annors recentia ex arbore lecta, än afplåckade.

När det nu warit så faseligen warmt, så har jag warit så lat, att jag ej kunnat något uträtta.

jag är
Min bästa wäns och broders
ödmiuke tienare
Carl Linne

Hamarby 1775
torsdag Augusti

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for his letter of August 7 [this letter has not come down to us], which happened to arrive today.

Linnaeus has had enough strawberries.

The meeting of the regiment took a lot of time.

The insects from Guinea, which John FothergillFothergill, John (1712-1780).
British. Physician and collector of
natural history objects. Studied in
Holland, France and Germany. His cabinet
of zoological and mineralogical
specimens as well as his botanical
garden at Upton were well known.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sent Linnaeus, have given Linnaeus daily work for some time.

Linnaeus had received a letter from 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.
[Forster to Linnaeus, 22 March 1775Letter L5090], who together with and 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.
had been towards the South Pole. The letter was sent from Cape of Good Hope [presumably sent together with Sparrman to Linnaeus, 25 March 1775Letter L6099], so Linnaeus hopes that they are now in London.

Linnaeus is sure that Bäck’s son [Carl Abraham BäckBäck, Carl Abraham
(1760-1776). Swedish. Son of Anna
Charlotta and Abraham Bäck.
] has no reason to fear for his lungs. The fit of haemoptysis that came was minor and caused by his longing for home.

It was very hot at Hammarby last Monday.

Bäck should think of Linnaeus if Bäck finds anything in Holmberg’s [Linnaeus refers presumably to Petrus HolmbergerHolmberger, Petrus (1745-1807).
Swedish. Teacher, clergyman. Student of
Linnaeus 1774.
] collection of molluscs that is not in Systema naturae.

Linnaeus does not believe that Bäck really wants to go to Hammarby, since he had promised and did not come. If it does not happen now, it may never happen.

If Bäck’s daughters [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
Oxenstierna.
and 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
Ihre.
] were at Hammarby, they would eat cherries, which taste much better when they are just picked from the tree.

When it has been so very hot, Linnaeus has been so lazy that he has been unable to do anything.

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 234   p.234.