Hartwig, Theodore E. F. / Letters, 1846 and 1851 [Transcriptions]
Call Number, SC 167
Cedarburg (Wis) September 25, 1846, pp. -23 PDF (8.9 MB)
The following is a translation of a letter written in German by Dr. Theodore E. F. Hartwig to his father and step-mother. This manuscript was found among the doctor's papers and preserved by his daughter, Mr. Ida Hartwig Carstens, and his grand-daughter, Mrs. Agatha Carstens Maley. Since the manuscript was not signed it is either a copy or perhaps and unfinished original which for some reason was not mailed. Mrs. Maley can vouch for its authenticity. Cedarburg (Wis) September 25, 1846. Precious Father adn good Ida*: At last, for the present at least, I have entered the haven of rest, so that I may write you in peace. I have for that matter, written you one previously, but that may have been a fine scrawl because during the first days after I left the ship, I was too nervous and spent to be able to write a letter. Now, therefore, I will tell you, with more calmness and understanding about my journey by water and by land even if I am (as you will know) not the best of letter writers. I had not imageind that my parting and farewell from you dear ones would be half as painful to me as it was in reality and at this moment, dear father, as I write to you and let my thoughts go to you and teh fmaily circle I am overwhelmed with the greatest homesickness, that I have had in all the intervening time. I had to pause because the yearning for you all, and the realizaiton of teh thousands of miles that separate us, overwhelmed, and I have lived through a truly bitter hour. Now I fell stong again and seek to reconcile my self to the unalterable. Bertha will have told you about the journey from Frankenberg to Cassel. I have partially forgotten about it because of what followed. I would gladly have remained to or three days longer in Urf, because it appealed greatly to *Ida was his stepmother nee Ida Henrietta Charlotte Kuchenbecker.
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