Letter 432b

432b. Heymann Pappenheimer to Schelling in Munich: Munich, 10 May 1808 [*]

Munich, 10 May 1808

Once having resolved to live in my house alone, it could never be my intention to let you the apartment, which I vacated for you out of the utmost respect and friendship, for any sort of rent. [1] You will recall that from the very outset, I protested any suggestion of payment, and if my wife perhaps did not do so with equal assertiveness, such could happen solely in order not to spoil your stay in our home in any way. Please allow us now the pleasure of taking you in out of true and hospitable friendship, pure and unclouded, and let there be no more talk about rent.

And please receive in return my most heartfelt gratitude for the care with which during my absence you oversaw the security of my house, and otherwise merely continue to demonstrate your friendship by freely soliciting my services in all matters in which I might be of use to you.

I remain with the most sincere feelings of respect,

Your devoted,
H. S. Pappenheimer


[*] Source: Fuhrmans, 3:496–97. Back.

[1] Caroline and Schelling lived in the apartment in the Pappenheimer’s house (uncertain location, though Pappenheimer later lived on Maximilianplatz) from late 1807 till April 1808, then afterward in a summer apartment “Behind the Art Gallery no. 63 ¾” “in the house of the court confectioner Dieterich” (see below; Schelling und Cotta Briefwechsel 1803–1849, ed. Horst Fuhrmans and Liselotte Lohrer [Stuttgart 1965], 32; see also Schelling’s letter to Dr. Müller on 21 December 1808 [Fuhrmans 1:428–33, here 429], in which he refers back to the spring of 1808, when “the appointment to a new office a short time before [viz., that of general secretary of the Academy of Fine Arts] occupied all my time, and our move from one apartment into the other occurred at the same time along with various other hindrances”).

In his letter to to Johann Friedrich Cotta on 15 May 1808 (letter 432c), Schelling remarks that “since I have moved into a garden apartment for the summer, let me ask that you address your next letters to Hinter der Gemälde-Galerie 63 ¾ in the house of the court confectioner Dieterich.”

The location “Behind the Art Gallery” was just to the west of the English Garden and included a row of garden houses, in one in which Johann Christian von Mannlich (1740–1822), the director of the Munich art gallery, once lived (Ludwig Emil Grimm, Erinnerungen aus meinem Leben, ed. Adolf Stoll, rev. ed. [Leipzig 1913], 480–81, visited an old friend in the house in 1834).

The art gallery itself in Munich during Caroline’s time was located above the arcades that ran along the northern perimeter of the Royal Gardens; by 1837 that street was appropriately named Galleriestrasse, here shown with the western arcades as well (H. Widmayr, Plan der Könige Haupt-und Residenz-Stadt München im Jahre 1837 [München 1837]; Bibliothèque nationale de France, département Cartes et plan):


Here the gallery has been specified in handwriting on an 1809 map as K[önigliche] Gemaelde Gallerie (Max-Vorstadt, Stadtviertel [1809]; Bayerisches Landesvermessungsamt München Nr. 558/03; Bayerische Landesbibliothek):


The broader area included on the map reveals that row of garden houses just “behind” the gallery and to the west of the English garden (ibid.):


Closer examination reveals the numbers assigned to each garden house; Schelling’s specification “63 ¾” would traditionally indicate an apartment in the house with the address “63”:


Hence Caroline and Schelling lived in an apartment in the garden house with the address 63, likely a relatively tranquil location:



Translation © 2018 Doug Stott