1867 00

Submitted By Roy Pfeiffer

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Letter from a friend of Anton Pfeiffer advising him of conditions in Germany and the financial circumstances of his mother-in-law.

FRICKENHOFEN 1867,

(( THIS WRITER SEEMS TO BE ANOTHER LEONARD HÄRRING FROM FRICKENHOFEN.  THIS WILL REQUIRE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE ORIGINAL.))

DEAR FRIEND, 

I WOULD HAVE WRITTEN SOONER BUT I COULD NOT AS I DID NOT KNOW YOUR ADDRESS. AS NEWS I WILL WRITE THAT YOUR BROTHER-IN-LAW ERHARD DEINHARDT, INN KEEPER IN LAABER, DIED THREE YEARS AGO AND HAS LEFT 2 CHILDREN.  HIS WIDOW HAS MARRIED AGAIN WITH THE MILLER'S SON, MICHEL KIRCHENSTRINER FROM ANTZONHOFEN AND YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW IS NOT ANY MORE IN LAABER, BUT LIVES IN NEUMARKT IN FURNISHED ROOMS AND SHE LIVES FROM AN INCOME WHICH SHE DRAWS FROM THE INN AT LAABER AND SHE HAS TO LIVE ECONOMICALLY AS LODGINGS ARE EXPENSIVE, AND AS I READ YOUR LETTER, SHE SENDS YOU MANY GREETINGS WITH TEARS IN HER EYES AND COULD SCARCELY STOP FOR JOY THAT SHE HAS HEARD AGAIN FROM YOU AND SHE ASKS ME TO WRITE TO YOU WHEN IT IS POSSSIBLE AND LET HER HEAR FROM JOHANN DEINHARD AND BARBARA DEINHARD AND FROM OTHER ACQUAINTANCES WHEN YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THEM.

DEAR FRIEND, SINCE YOU TOOK LEAVE FROM US HAVE HAPPENED MANY THINGS IN GERMANY.  I WAS A SOLDIER IN 1848; THERE WAS REVOLUTION IN ALL TOWNS AND INCITEMENT TO FREEDOM AND EQUALITY AND THERE WAS A CAMPAIGN TO SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN AGAINST DENMARK IN WHICH I TOOK PART AND FROM WHICH I RETURNED SAFELY, THANKS GOD, AND IN 1866 THERE WAS A CIVIL WAR, PRUSSIA AGAINST THE WHOLE GERMAN FEDERATION, WHICH HAS COST MANY LIVES, A REAL GERMAN MASSACRE. THE PRUSSIANS HAVE MARCHED ON NURNBERG AND WARZBURG AND IN FRANCONIA THEY HAVE BOMBARDED SEVERAL TOWNS AND VILLAGES AND ALL CROPS DESTROYED SO THAT THERE IS GREAT DISTRESS AMONG THE PEOPLE; BUT THE YEAR 1867 IS PEACEFUL AND GOD GIVE THAT IT WILL REMAIN SO ALWAYS.

AND IN CONCLUSION WE GREET YOU ALL CORDIALLY AND I REMAIN IN THE HOPE TO

RECEIVE AN ANSWER SOON.

LEONHARD HARUNG, FARMER

IN FRICKENHOFEN

 

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