265d. Wilhelm Schlegel to Goethe in Weimar: Jena, 20 July 1800 [*]
Jena, 20 July 1800
It is with a rent heart that I am able to send only these few lines.
My inexpressibly beloved daughter has died of dysentery in Bocklet, whither she had accompanied her mother.  Her mother’s health, which had recovered almost completely, has now been devastated anew, and I must fear the worst. 
Denata est honesta Virgo Augusta Boemerin, protestantice religionis, nata loco Klausthal auf Harz Saxonia, aetatis annorum 14 circiter: morabatur ibidem cum Domina Matre sua tempore curationis.
[The upright young girl Auguste Boehmer, of the Protestant faith, born at the place Klausthal auf dem Harz in [Lower] Saxony, died at the age of about 14 [correct: 15] years old; she was staying there with her Mistress Mother during the time of cure (rehabilitation).]
(Daniel Nikolaus Chodowiecki, Höltys Elegie auf ein Landmädchen ; Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum; Museums./Signatur DChodowiecki AB 3.985):
Dorothea Veit similarly confirms the date in her letter to Schleiermacher on 28 July 1800 (letter 265i).
Considerably more is said in volume 2 about the circumstances surrounding Auguste’s death and esp. about the complicated and vitriolic scandal that resulted from Schelling’s alleged involvment, a scandal echoing Dorothea Veit’s charge in her letter to Schleiermacher on 22 August 1800 (letter 266a) that Schelling had “meddled” in Auguste’s treatment. Back.
 This tragic, hitherto inconceivable loss constituted a defining moment in Caroline’s life ( Taschenbuch auf das Jahr 1802: Der Liebe und Freundschaft gewidmet;  Frauenzimmer Almanach zum Nutzen und Vergnügen für das Jahr 1812; both: Inhaltsverzeichnis deutscher Almanache, Theodor Springmann Stiftung):
Translation © 2014 Doug Stott