273d. Mother (Johanna Christiane Erdmuthe) Schlegel to Wilhelm Schlegel in Braunschweig: Hannover, 9 November 1800 [*]
[Hannover] 9 November 1800
Dearest, most dear Willhelm,
The time seems to be dragging on since I last heard anything from you and your dear wife. It makes me very sad to think I may have insulted you.  God knows that everything I say comes from true maternal love, and from excessive anxiety about your happiness, so please do make allowances for my age and physical frailty.
I have not been doing so well for some time now. The stupidest thing I said was that I wrote how Lottchen, who is a great admirer of you all, was thinking about things the same way as I, and others as well. Those others are no one but Madam Alberti, with whom I am very well acquainted.  — —
I do not really have any news that might interest you except that Doctor Stieglitz is having himself baptized along with his wife and 2 small sons, naturally very quietly, with no fuss, at Ronneberg by Suppertent Holscher.  Stieglitz is a well-liked physician here, which is why most people are taking this very well, and believe he is doing it out of true conviction. But now he will be losing a couple of 100 Thaler among the Ghuten community whom he had as the Ghuten physician.  — —
 In her letter to Wilhelm on 21 October 1800 (letter 272a). Back.
 Wife of an otherwise unidentified Hannoverian magistrate. She is also mentioned in Mother Schlegel’s undated letter to Wilhelm in 1796 (letter 163e). Back.
 Mother Schlegel’s spelling: “Ronneberg,” “suppertent” (superintendent). — The small village of Ronnenberg is located 8 km southwest of Hannover (Karte des deutschen Reichs, ed. C. Vogel [Gotha 1907], no. 13; photo: 1940 postcard):
 I.e., Jewish community; Mother Schlegel is spelling phonetically. Back.
Translation © 2014 Doug Stott