ENTRIES IN THE CHURCH REGISTERS OR ST. JOHN IN DESSAU.
1764. On the January, Mr. Gotthard Heinrich kuchler, apothecary in this town, had a daughter baptised, born to him on the Ist inst. by his wife, Marthen Sophien.
The Godparents are:
I. Minister Robls
2. Mademoiselle Pauli.
3. Mayoress Krahmerin.
The name of the child is Johanna Leopoldine Henriette.
1769. O n the 6th March, Gotthard Heinrich Kuchler, citizen and chemist of this town, who died on the 3rd inst. was buried. Age : 65 years, 5 months and 3 days.
1770. On the 21st May the banns were published for the first time between Joachim Haseler, architect, and Mrs. Susanne of Spandau; and Marthen Sophien Kuchlerin, widow of Gotthard Heinrich Kuchler, citizen and apothecary of this town; and on the 10th of June, after the banns had been published for the third time, these two persons were wedded.
The mother of Mrs. Hahnemann, martha Sophie, died on the 19th March, 1797, aged 66 years 4 months 2 weeks and 3 days. The stepfather and father-in-law, Joachim Heinrich Haseler, who owned the Mohren apothecaries’ shop in Dessau, and was adviser and medical assessor to the then-reigning Duke of Dessau, died at 1 a.m., on the 5th May, 1812, aged 72 years 3 months ad 4 days, of debility.
Wedding of Hahnemann with Johanna Leopoldine Henriette Kuchlerin Entry in the Church Register of St. John at Dessau.
1782. On the 17th November, Samuel Hahnemann, doctor of Medicine, Medical Officer of Health to the Saxon Electorate in Gommern, aged 28 years, eldest son of Christian Gottfried Hahnemann, a painter in the porcelain factory of Meissen, and Johanne Christanen: with spinster Johanna Leopoldine Henriette Kuchlerin, aged 19 years, only legitimate daughter of Gotthard Heinrich Kuchlers, who was apothecary here, and Martha Sophien. The banns were published for the first time on December 1st, and after the third time of asking the wedding was celebrated.
The remark in the autobiography of Hahnemann that at the beginning of his appointment in Gommern he got married must here be corrected, as Hahnemann lived for more than a year as a bachelor in the little town, having begun his appointment at the end of the year 1781.
LETTER OF SAMUEL HAHNEMANN TO HIS FIANCEE, “Biographical Monument”. Albrecht, p. 110 ( IST DECEMBER 1782.)
“Sentiments on the day of my union with the only daughter of Joh. Henr. Leop. Kuchlerin, born at Dessau.”
(This letter the English editors have decided to omit from this work. It has no intrinsic merit, and it is more than doubtful that it is Hahnemann’s at all. The sole authority for it is Albrecht (1851), who cut it out of his second edition, for very good reason it is to be supposed.)
APPEAL OF HAHNEMANN TO THE PRINCE LEOPOLD FRIEDRICH FRANZ OF ANHALT-DESSAU.
Your Royal Highness,
I should seemingly be mistaking Your Royal Highness’ kindness regarding the decree of October 2nd, were I not to express herewith my humble gratitude. But should Your Highness still be pleased to consider that the small fruits of my father- in-law’s diligence must have been depleted in order to pay for the cost of this research; and furthermore that a private scientist has nothing to spare, since the remuneration of study will hardly suffice for a scanty subsistence, the undersigned hopes to receive the full patronage from that gracious hand which has already deigned to acknowledge to him one half.The 1500 RThl and the furniture which I acquired through my marriage are after all only partly mine. My growing children will later on demand them as their right, and I should then rejoice to be able to tell them how much of it they owed to the favour of the kind Prince of Dessau, whose gift I should meanwhile remember with deepest respect, until such times as my children may be able to appreciate it for themselves.
Your Royal Highness’s Most dutiful subject, Dr. SAMUEL HAHNEMANN.
Dresden, October 8th, 1786.
(The above extract is from the State Archives of the house of the Duke of Dessau. This appeal is not on behalf of the (still living) stepfather of Mrs. Hahnemann, Haseler, but concerns the work of Gottfr. Heinr, Kuchler, who had died 17 years before. The nature of this research and the reason why this transaction had been so long delayed could not be ascertained, neither is it of any importance to our object. What concerns us is, that Hahnemann, the husband of Kuchler’s only daughter, still believes he has the right of making this claim for himself, to which act he probably may have been driven by the privations of that year)