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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L6062 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 25 July 1755 n.s.
Dated 1755 d. 25 juli.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Amplissimo Viro,
D[omino] D[octori] ABR[AHAM] BAECK,
S[alutem] pl[urimam] d[icit]
Car[olus] Linnaeus.

Tot quotidie in Horto emergunt Plantae, ut vix ollae sufficiant eas capiendas, vix memoria et industria eas servandas.

Staehelinus, quem instar oraculi habuit Hallerus et a quo fere omnia in Botanicis, mortuus est.

Gmelinus, quod doleo, itidem mortuus est, ut dubitem, num tomi tres insequentes Florae Sibiricae umquam prodeant; esset hoc jactura ingens Rei herbariae.

Guettard systema meum animalium Gallice edit et notis auget.

Wagnerus edat plantarum historiam Bareytinam.

Gesnerus edit historiam plantarum et delineat characteres figuris aeneis, secundum meam methodum.

De Böhmio proxime respondebo, cum potero loqui cum Hortulano.

Dum poteris loqui cum Tua, quaeso, devota officia meae uxoris ipsi dicas.

Vale, Amicorum constantissime! Te servet Deus!

Dabam Upsaliae 1755 d[ie] 25 juli.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus gets so many plants in his garden that there are not pots enough to take them nor memory and industry to look after of them.

Benedikt StähelinStähelin, Benedikt
(1695-1750). Swiss. Botanist. Studied
under Sébastien Vaillant and
Albrecht von Haller, professor of
physics in Basle.
is dead. Albrecht von HallerHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
depended much on him.

Johan Georg GmelinGmelin, Johann Georg
(1709-1755). German. Voyager, botanist
and chemist. At the initiative of
empress Anna of Russia he spent ten
years (1733-1743) exploring Siberia. In
1749 he became professor of botany and
chemistry at Tübingen. Together
with his nephew Samuel Gottlieb he wrote
Flora Sibirica (1747-1769).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is likewise dead, which Linnaeus regrets, since it is uncertain if the remaining three parts of his Flora SibiricaGmelin, Johann Georg Flora
Sibirica, sive Historia plantarum
Sibiriae
(St Petersburg 1747-1769).
will ever appear. That would be an immense loss to botany.

Jean Etienne GuettardGuettard, Jean Etienne
(1715-1786). French. Naturalist,
geologist and mineralogist. Director of
the museum of natural history objects of
the duke of Orléans. Best known
for his geological and mineralogical
studies of France. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
is publishing Linnaeusís system of animals in French and adds notes to it [this publication never appeared].

Peter Christian WagnerWagner, Peter Christian
(1703-1764). German. Physician in
Bayreuth. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
will publish a botanical work on the Bayreuth region.

Johannes GessnerGessner, Johannes (1709-1790).
Swiss. Naturalist, Zürich.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is publishing a flora with drawings, according to Linnaeusís method [Gesnérís work was published posthumously, Tabulae phytographicae analysin generum plantarum exhibentesGessner, Johannes Tabulae
phytographicae analysin generum
plantarum exhibentes, cum commentatione
edidit Ch. S. Schinz, med doct.
,
I-II (Zürich 1795-1804).
].

Linnaeus will tell Bäck more about BöhmBöhm, Swedish. Student
of horticulture at the Uppsala
University Botanical Garden.
[recommeded by Bäck to be educated to a horticulturist at the Uppsala University Botanical Garden] after he has talked to the gardener [Diedrich NietzelNietzel, Diedrich (1703-1756).
German. George Cliffordís gardener at
Hartecamp. Became university gardener at
Uppsala, where he died. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
].

Linnaeus sends his regards to Bäckís wife [Anna Charlotta BäckBäck, Anna Charlotta
(1737-1767). Swedish. Wife of Abraham
Bäck. Born Adlerberg.
].

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (UUB, Ihre).

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1910), vol. I:4, p. 350-351   p.350  p.351.