259g. Mother (Johanna Christiane Erdmuthe) Schlegel to Wilhelm Schlegel in Jena: Hannover, 18 April 1800 [*]
[Hannover] 18 April 1800
I have been waiting quite anxiously for the longer letter you promised,  and instead I now receive the sad news that your dear wife is in bed sick. I was so horrified. My sincerest sympathy. The poor, dear woman, what must she be suffering, and you, my dearest son, along with her. I am sure your entire household is also quite in disorder now. What have you done about all the people taking meals there?  even though dear Auguste has already learned to take care of household things, she is no doubt occupied instead with taking care of her mother.  — —
[*] Source: Georg Waitz, (1882), 78 (Rudolf Koch and Fritz Kredel, Deutschland und angrenzende Gebiete [Leipzig 1937]):
 Presumably an answer to her two letters concerning the relationship between Friedrich Schlegel and Dorothea Veit. See her letters to Wilhelm on 5 January 1800 (letter 258b) and on 12 February 1800 (letter 258l). Back.
 At one point in 1799, the Schlegels had fifteen to eighteen guests each day for the midday meal; see Caroline’s letter to Luise Gotter on 5 October 1799 (letter 246), also with note 10 there. Back.
 Auguste confirms this remark in her letter to Luise Gotter on 31 March 1800 (letter 259): “I would have written you long ago, my dear Madam Gotter, but the entire time I have simply had so much to do with mother that not a single moment has been left free” (Taschenkalender auf das Jahr 1798 für Damen; Inhaltsverzeichnis deutscher Almanache, Theodor Springmann Stiftung):
Translation © 2014 Doug Stott