162a. Friedrich Schlegel to Wilhelm Schlegel in Braunschweig: Dresden, February 1796 [*]
[Dresden, February 1796]
. . . I would like to see you review a classical work more often. After the beginning you have already made, it would surely be easy for you to acquire considerable expertise in such judgment. If I were in your place, I would review Meister for the Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung,  and would at the very least reserve the right to send back what I did not like;  for the Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung is indeed like the sheepfold of Christ insofar as it accepts both the good and the bad.
I cannot tell you more than that today, for I do not really feel so well and am in a rather cheerless mood. This is also the reason I am not writing to Karoline today. Give her my warm regards and thank her for her last letter. I always look forward to a letter from you two. And I in my own turn will also write again soon. . . .
Tell Karoline that Theremin sur les intérêts politiques de l’Angleterre relativement aux pouvoirs continentals is not a cookbook, but an extremely original and imaginative characterization of the English that provides an extremely witty exposition of their difference from the Europeans and similarity with the Japanese, Chinese, and Jews.  . . .
Stay well, you happy people, and write soon.
 That is, to decline to review materials he, Wilhelm, thought unworthy. Back.
 Charles Theremin, Des intérêts des puissances continentales relativement a l’Angleterre (Paris l’an III [1794/95]). Back.
Translation © 2011 Doug Stott