Hahnemann’s Second Marriage

With the usual esteem and grateful veneration we are,

Your obedient children, INSPECTOR DELLBRUCK.

Dresden, February 20th, 1835.

Venerable father,

I wrote to you on February 20th, ’35, from Leipsic, a well- meaning letter intended for your peace and blessing as the father of many children, and for the future distribution and safety of you large just now from the Post that it will not reach you until Thursday, this one may arrive first and announce a resolution taken after careful consideration.

Before you drew Dr. Lehmann to your side for the propagation of homoeopathy-and he undoubtedly was the right man for your profession-it had been our earnest, wish, after the sale of our property (in Stotteritz), to find our way to Cothen and you, so that we might enjoy the society of our loving father, and that of our sisters who have been much tried, thinking that in this way we might help, according to our limited capabilities, to brighten your life by intimate social intercourse. But as Dr. Lehmann had lightened your burden by his skilful assistance, and as you had in Justizrath von Brandt, Pastor Schmidt, Secretary Rumpf and others, the friendship of educated men, and your daughter to care for you faithfully, we though that you were sufficiently well looked after, and considered it conceit and arrogance to offer you our assistance and society. To this was to be added the difficulty of coming to live in Cothen; we also felt that you might blame us if we tried to buy property after the loss of money incurred at Stotteritz, that is, that you would say we were dragging or money about, buying here and there, playing in a sense with hundreds, and wasting our money.

In the meantime much has happened regarding Dr. Wolff; Mrs. Wolff is being divorced from a man who has always insulted you, when you, in your fatherly kindness, were trying to improve him and procure a better fate for your daughter Eleonore. This ungrateful man is now removed from the family.

Next comes the chief point, that is your marriage with your present wife, a highly cultured lady whom we greatly esteem, a marriage which brings honour to you and to homoeopathy. And lastly the favorably reception which you both have accorded me on my last visit, and your unchanged fatherly love, together with our ardent desire to live near you has awakened in us once more the childlike desire in our hearts to enquire if you would allow and desires, that I and my wife should come to live at Cothen-the place you have glorified-to be near to you and Madame our mother, and in the company of our sisters. We could perhaps live with the sisters Louischen and Lottchen for a suitable rent, and at the same time have the good fortune to enjoy the honour which as the greatest reformer, you enjoy with your life.

In filial simplicity and obedience we await your early declaration and order, and are with all due veneration,

Your submissive children, INSPECTOR DELLBRUCK.

Dresden, February 23, 1835.

Hahnemann’s marginal remark to this letter reads: “6th of March.

Dellbruck has been here, and has left again with her to-day.”

This infers that the son-in-law did not wait for a written reply from the father, but went to Cothen with his wife, hahnemann’s daughter, Friederike, to visit, the newly married couple, but that he accomplished nothing.


Very esteemed Hofrath,

Dear Sir,

We have received through Mr. Isensee, the sum of 117 Rthl. 21 gr. as a donation from you for the Mutual Aid Society. Although we know that you do not except our thanks, or the thanks of men in general for this magnanimous deed prompted by lofty motives which need no praise because they carry their own reward, yet this gift is of such importance to our Society that we cannot restrain our feelings, and we thank you whole-heartedly in the name of our Institute, nay, in the name of our Country, which it is intended to help.

Richard Haehl
Richard M Haehl 1873 - 1932 MD, a German orthodox physician from Stuttgart and Kirchheim who converted to homeopathy, travelled to America to study homeopathy at the Hahnemann College of Philadelphia, to become the biographer of Samuel Hahnemann, and the Secretary of the German Homeopathic Society, the Hahnemannia.

Richard Haehl was also an editor and publisher of the homeopathic journal Allgemcine, and other homeopathic publications.

Haehl was responsible for saving many of the valuable artifacts of Samuel Hahnemann and retrieving the 6th edition of the Organon and publishing it in 1921.
Richard Haehl was the author of - Life and Work of Samuel Hahnemann