Letter 168a

168a. Wilhelm Schlegel to Karl August Böttiger in Weimar: Jena, 6 August 1796 [*]

Jena, 6 August 1796

I cannot adequately express to you, my most valued Herr Consistorialrath, how delighted I was by your gracious letter and the pleasant accompanying parcel. . . . My wife, in whom your brief visit has prompted the most animated desire for closer acquaintance, sends her warm regards. She has been doing very well since that initial indisposition, and we are living quietly and happily. [1]

My brother is not yet here with us; although he has already left Leipzig, he is spending several days near Weissenfels with a friend from university days, Herr von Hardenberg. [2] Perhaps all of us can soon share the pleasure of visiting Weimar together. In the meantime, stay very well.

I remain with the utmost respect your devoted

A. W. Schlegel


[*] Source: Körner (1930), 1:35–36, here 36. — Karl August Böttiger, as a consistory member, was living in Weimar at the time. Jena is ca. 20 km from Weimar (Post Karte Durch ganz Deutschland, ed. J. Walch [Augsburg 1795]; Rudolf Koch and Fritz Kredel, Deutschland und angrenzende Gebiete [Leipzig 1937]):



Here Weimar in 1785 viewed from the west, approaching the Erfurt Town Gate, i.e., the gate for travelers approaching from Erfurt (illustration from Wilhelm Bode, Damals in Weimar [Weimar 1912], 10):



[1] Wilhelm, Caroline, and Auguste were still living in their garden apartment just outside the town walls.

Regarding Caroline’s health during her initial weeks and months in Jena, Wilhelm had occasion to remark the following in a letter to Georg Joachim Göschen on 7 November 1796 (Körner [1930], 1:40): “My wife, who has not been well for several days, joins me in sending our regards to you and yours.” See also Caroline’s letter to Luise Gotter on 17–20 July 1796 (esp. on 20 July) (letter 166). Back.

[2] Friedrich, currently visiting Friedrich von Hardenberg (Novalis) in Dürrenberg, would arrive in Jena the next day. See his letter to Wilhelm on 28 July 1796 (letter 167b) and his letter to Caroline on 2 August 1796 (letter 168) with note 1. Back.

Translation © 2012 Doug Stott