CHARACTER SKETCH; HER CHILDREN
HAHNEMANN’S FIFTIETH DOCTOR’S JUBILEE.
CELEBRATED AT CoTHEN ON AUGUST 10TH,1829.
We take the following description from Dr. Stapf’s account in his “Archiv” (8th Vol., 2nd part, 1829):
Already on the eve of the Festival, friends hurriedly arrived from all parts to joint in the festivities; from Berlin, Brunswick, Dresden, Eisenach Leipsic, Merseburg, Naumberg, and many other places; even from Basle, in Switzerland, which was several hundred miles away, arrived one of the knees and truest friends of homoeopathy, Dr. Siegrist. It was a very happy fathering of many men, all aiming at one goal. Many, who had previously only known and esteemed each other by some, become personally acquainted; older friends met again, and many a hearty nd fruitful relationships was begun or considered. On the 10th August at 6 o, clock in the morning, some music was played in honour of the old man there was a table aimed after the manner of an alter decorated with flowers and oak leaves, and on which stood a life-like bust of Hahnemann, which had been executed for the Association. Near-by on a side table, was a magnificent and exquisitely finished alter oil- painting of Hahnemann, in a gold lithographs reproduced from it. After the numerous assembly, in which the family of he recipient of this homage jointed, had grouped themselves, the old man was led in by Dr. Stapf. Then Baron von Gersdorff, in short address gave him the greetings and congratulations for the day, in. the name of all present, and placed a wreath of fresh laurel leaves on the bust. After this, Dr. Rummel handed over the Diploma of Congratulations which the Medical Faculty had sent from Erlangen. Stapf gave a edition de luxe of Hahnemann Lesser Writings, collected and edited by himself, and Dr. Albrecht (Doctor of Laws) of Dresden, the Legal defender of homoeopathy, gave a valuable poem.
Deeply touched by this demonstration of friendship, in this festive hour, the venerable man spoke words of import filled with heartfelt joy and gratitude, and then received the personal congratulations of those who were present.
The honored scholar received in addition, from far and near, many numerous and pleasing tributes of recognition and cordiality. We remember first of all the Jubilee gift, with which the Duke and Duchess of Anhalt-Cothen surprised Hahnemann, accompanied by a gracious letter in their own handwriting; this was a golden snuff-box, with initials in diamonds (Hahnemann priced the value of the box in his will at 8o to 100 thaler-R. H.) and an antique drinking cup;’ there was also a diploma of honorary membership from the society of Natural Philosophy of Osterland at Altenburg, as well as a large number of letters from friends expressing congratulations and good wishes.
After these festive greetings, the assembled company met in. the garden, at the invitation of the venerable host, and spent a few happy hours with him in leaned conversation for many never to be forgotten. At one o, clock all re-assembled in a room of the hotel.., in which he banquet was tone held, to discuss the way in which the existing sum of 950 thalers could be most appropriately used for the promotion of homoeopathy; this sum had increased in the last few days through unexpected contributions, to 1,200 thalers.
After much discussion it was decided to leave the money in hand in the care of Hofrat Dr. Muhlenbein and Dr. Rummel, to be invested at interest, so that I might increase, and also that increase should be made by the sale of the lithographs on hand of Hahnemann portrait, and of the programs of the festivities, and continued collecting, and only when the sum had so considerably increased that something big could be undertaken, was a more explicit definition of its use to be made; yet the erecting of a homoeopathic clinic was the highest goal to be attained the locality of which was to be discussed later.