By Alexander Von Humboldt

Ludmilla Assing, the niece of Varnhagen von Ense, was once the editor of this option of letters from Alexander von Humboldt to her uncle - to who Humboldt had entrusted the upkeep in their correspondence - within the interval 1827-58. First released in 1860, Letters of Alexander von Humboldt additionally comprises letters from Varnhagen and different exclusive correspondents to Humboldt. a few passages from Varnhagen's diary also are integrated to provide a bright observation at the letters, which current particular files of Humboldt's lifestyles, task, and behavior of inspiration, and comprise fabrics of unquestionable significance for portraying a correct photograph of his brain and personality. the opposite letters inside the quantity illustrate his world wide circle of correspondents. This assortment used to be released after the deaths of either Varnhagen and Humboldt. Explanatory notes and a whole index of names accompany this permitted translation from the unique German.

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I wanted you, my dear friend, to have from me personally a clear idea of my undertaking. I have not succeeded in compressing the whole into one volume; and yet it would have left the grandest impression in that abbreviated form. I hope two volumes will include the whole. No foot-notes, but notes at the end of each chapter, which may be passed over, but contain sound erudition and additional details. The whole is not what has hitherto been commonly called " Physical Description of the Earth," as it comprises all created things—Heaven and Earth.

There is much truth in these observations, and I thought I read in them a condemnation of myself. So much, my dear friend, about this world, now desolate for us both. Most gratefully yours, A . HlJMBOLDT. I must say, I am sorry you do not wish to see the Grand-Duchess. HUMBOLDT TO VAUNHAGEN. Berlin, 6th May, 1835. I return you the parts forwarded to me, as they (see "Denkwurdigkeiten," vol. ) is here alluded to. This person was a Hanoverian, known chiefly for an unsuccessful though daring attempt to liberate Lafayette from the fortress of Ohntitz in 1791.

Berlin, 9 th February, 1833. I have been with Beuth again to recal to his recollection his old friendship for L. He thought it would be more to the interest of the family to separate the purely architectural drawings from the mere landscapes and engravings. ) Uninviting as the proposal is, I thought, my dear lady, I might mention it to you. Beuth wishes, in the event of its being entertained, to treat with some one who will call on him at his own house. May the spring-time bestow on both of you warmth, cheerfulness, and strength.

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