Friedrich Froebel

Letters to the Friend of Children and Humanity

translated by Johannes Froebel-Parker, from the German "Mein Lieber Herr Froebel!, Briefe an der Kinder und Menschenfreund"
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Nuernberg October 9, 1851

Most Esteemed Professor!

As I am so convinced of your goodness through the accounts of Misses Hebart, Kiesling, and Kirchner, I then hope that it will not be held against me if I allow myself to write to you yet again, kind sir. I urgently request you answer my letter of the 14th of the preceding month before my departure.

I have organized my travel provisions quite well due to the kind guidance of Fraeulein Hebart, and regret, that my time is so tightly organized to the last minute, so that I could have prepared more for my future needs.

It would be very painful if the news one hears should actually become reality, namely that because of the influence of Higher Powers that you, Professor Froebel, should be banned from accepting new students to become kindergarten teachers. I and many others hope it is not true, but all seems possible with this movement and for that reason I am writing you again. It is surely not news to you, professor, sir, that the kindergarten in Fuerth was closed last week. We all think, however, only for a short time. I hope to be released from my anticipation very soon and send greetings to you and your treasured wife, whom I look forward to meeting.

With highest respect,
Karolinenstrasse Nr 340

BABETTE FISCHER, DRESSMAKER, completed the 1851/1852 academic year at Marienthal Castle was the educator for two sons of a Duke in Baade.

In this letter one can sense the impending doom of the Kindergarten Verbot as already kindergartens were being closed, and there was trepidation amongst the students that the Academy at the Marienthal Castle would cease. JFP

read the German text in "Mein Lieber Herr Froebel!, Briefe an der Kinder und Menschenfreund" Berlin (DDR): Verlag Volk und Wissen, 1990

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