Hahnemann to Boenninghausen letter dictated):
Paris, 23rd October,1840 Does not the medical youth o your district desire to become happy and to make others happy? But here to such conversions are rare, may God have pity!…I have frequently experienced the same, so that Only trust those who with great zeal cling to me. If I do not notice an extraordinary desire for truth I discourage them by pointing our to them the great difficulties entailed in learning roughly and practicing our art. Many are deterred by it. But if they still remain firm in their intention then I give them a helping hand and all is well. They must also possess kindness of heart and if they have sufficient of that they will not be lacking in gratitude towards their teacher and the divine art.
When I shall have a safe opportunity through someone travelling, I wills need your good copper-etching of myself and something similar.
We both are well and happy, in spite of all the burden of work, and love one another like good children.
(Hahnemann’s signature is still firm and steady.) The “Leipsiger Allg. Ztg,” No.279 of October 6th, 1839, published an article from Paris, in which it said:
Although homoeopathy has made daily progress, especially since Hahnemann’s arrival, yet it is only in. quiet way through the cure of patients. Publicly it was declared to be dead by its numerous opponents. If anyone asked one of them about homoeopathy we could have be a hundred to one that the reply would be, “elle est mort”-it is dead-or, “on n’en parle plus”-one dies not speak of it any more- this was a very clever move. Before that the parole was different, for instance,” that is charlatanism” or, “it is diet that ode sit,” or, “it is faith that cures, ” etc. Later when they could no longer deny the efficacy of homoeopathic remedies, they asserted that those treated by homoeopathy all died from strokes or other sudden attacks. But none of these means answered because they made homoeopathy talked about. At last they arrived at their present parole, and this indeed proved to be much more effective than all the previous ones. The followers of homoeopathic were in that way obliged to take the offensive in order to show signs of life.
This was to take place by means of publications in the “Capital” (a forty fr. journal) which had a homoeopathic report every week in its supplement (paid at the rate of 12 fr. a line). The first appeared at the time under the title “Dr. Emmanuel Calandra,’ and announced the publication of a homoeopathic monthly periodical under the title of ‘propagateur de I, Homoeopathic monthly periodical under the title of ‘Propagator de I, Homoeopathic.” Then it was to open in Rue de la Harpe, no. 93, a homoeopathic school, with a homoeopathic dispensary, reading-room and correspondence office, etc.
(For details see Supplement 181, Letter of Dr. Croserio to Dr. Neidhard, of Philadelphia, of october 20th, 1839.