Birthplace and Early Years


Hahnemann’s father, before going to the factory, used frequently to lock his son in a room, close the shutters, and give him a difficult sentence to ponder over, of which he had to give an account on his father’s return. This contributed to making the son into an original thinker….


SUPPLEMENT 4

ENTRIES IN THE CHURCH REGISTER OF THE FRAUENKIRCHE AT MEISSEN

1. Child : Charlotta Gerharduna Hahnemann, born 29th January, 1752.

2. Child : Carl Gerhard Hahnemann, born 8th January, 1754. died 17th February, 1762.

3. Child : Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (again without “h”), born the 11th April early, 1755; baptised 13th April of the same year by M. Junghanns.

Father : Christian Friedrich Hahnemann, painter.

Mother : Johanna Christina nee Spiessin.

(The names of the Godparents are not entered in the church register, the place for them is left vacant.)

4. Child : Samuel August Hahnemann, born 30th, July, 1757.

The different ways of spelling the name Hahnemann correspond with the original).

SUPPLEMENT 5

PETITION OF CHRISTIAN GOTTFRIED HAHNEMANN FOR THE ADMISSION OF HIS SON TO THE PRINCE’S SCHOOL AT MEISSEN:

To His Royal highness the Prince and Sovereign, Friedrich August. Archduke of Saxony, Julich, Cleve, Berg, Engern and Westphalia’ Lord High Marshal of the Holy Roman Empire and Elector, landgrave of Thuringen : Margrave at Meissen, also Upper and Lower Lausiz: Count of the Marck, Ravens, berg Barby and Hanau; my gracious Prince and Lord.

Serene Highness,

Gracious Prince and Master,

May herewith my submissive and most obedient petition come before You. Serene highness, that your will graciously grant, You, who benevolently care for the welfare and education of youth, that my son, Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann may not only frequent the public lessons at the local Landschool, as extraneous, but that he may be also intrusted to the special instruction and supervision of the third teacher of the same, m. Johann August Muller: may you therefore be pleased to graciously order the necessary communications, through the Church council and Ober-Consistorium, to be made to the Rector of the above- named Landschool, for which favour I remain, in deepest devotion.

Your Serene Highness and Gracious Lord’s most humble and obedient.

CHRISTIAN GOTTFRIED HAHNEMANN

Meisser, the 16th November,1770.

THE ANSWER OF THE PRINCE-ELECTOR

Our dear, faithful, M.Johann Gottfried Horen, Rector of our Landschool at Meissen:

By God’s Grace, Friedrich August, Archduke of Saxony, julich, cleve Berg, Engern and Westphalia, elector, dear and true, In consideration of the enclosed submissive petition of Christian Gottfried Hahnemann, we would graciously authorise that his son, Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, as extraneous in our Landschool in Meissen, may come under the special supervision of the College Tertii, m. Johann August Muller, and may be present at the Lectiones Publicus. We desire herewith that you take obedient notice, and make the necessity arrangements for it. That is Our order.

HANNSS GOTTHELFF VON GLOBIG

Datum, Dresden, 21st November, 1770.

(Both letters are in the “Reception and Dismission orders of the Alumnorum ” School archives. Rep.II,57.)

The name of Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann appears for the first time in the “Catalogus Alumnorum et Extraneorum” at Easter 1771 ( after completed Examenvernale) under the “Extranci ” named ” by the College Tertio ” (School archiv: Account of year 1771).

HAHNEMANN AS SCHOOLBOY

In the school register of the Franciscanei — the Latin town school of Meissen of those days — we find that Hahnemann was admitted as follows :

20. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, son of the porcelain painter. 12 years old, Cl. 2, 20th July, 1767.

In the Prince’s School, St. Afra, his name appears first in the account of Easter, 1771, which coincides with his admission in November, 1770. He is here called ” Framulus to M. Muller.” Further, the accounts show that Hahnemann was Extraneer in the house of the three College M. Muller. This latter previously at the Franciscaneum, became ( probably in 1770). Tertius at the Prince’s School.

Professor Flugel states, from accounts of the older members of the porcelain factory:

Hahnemann’s father, before going to the factory, used frequently to lock his son in a room, close the shutters, and give him a difficult sentence to ponder over, of which he had to give an account on his father’s return. This contributed to making the son into an original thinker.

SUPPLEMENT 6

A LETTER FROM HAHNEMANN ON MENTAL OVERWORK AND PHYSICAL EXERCISE DURING HIS SCHOOL YEARS.

On March 13th, 1813, Hahnemann wrote to philological student Kestner of Gotha, who consulted him on account of mental overwork:

Mental exertion and study are unnatural occupations for young people whose bodily development is not yet complete, especially for those who are endowed with sensitive feelings. This nearly cost me my life during the period from 15 to 20 years of age “.

(Original in possession of Dr. August Korndorfer in Philadelphia ).

Richard Haehl
Richard Haehl was the author of - Life and Work of Samuel Hahnemann