"Joy and encouragement"

Schopenhauer, Arthur, philosopher (1788-1860). Autograph letter signed.

Frankfurt am Main, 27 Feb. 1854.

4to. 1 p. on bifolium with integral address leaf.


In German, to the grammar school teacher Carl Schütz (1805-93), who had sent Schopenhauer books with congratulations on his birthday: "Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your taking such an interest in my philosophy and even in my birthday, as well as for your much-appreciated gift. During the past few years I have been blessed with a number of such testimonies, often presented with quite similar sentiments, and they have invariably been a great joy and encouragement to me, as they vouchsafe to me the appeal which my teachings will witness in future times, even if I probably will not live to see them myself. Your translations from Sanskrit are of great interest to me, as is everything Indian, and I will devote myself to them very soon. Your two readers will also afford me much pleasure, as they contain many specimens of the more and most recent literature, about which I am little knowledgeable and glad if others choose the finest pieces for me. Sending you my fondest greetings and counting you among my own, I am [...]". Schütz's letter must have touched Schopenhauer deeply, for he communicated it to Julius Frauenstädt on 4 March 1854: "A homage of this kind is meaningful. He is a new disciple. Of course I responded in the most cordial terms." In his letter, Schütz had praised Schopenhauer as "the greatest of thinkers": "as the tired wayfarer feels invigorated by a cool bath and capable of new exertions, so do I feel uplifted and fortified when, having briefly conversed with you, I return to my everyday business." Schütz's letter (dated Bielefeld, 19 February 1854) is published in: Hübscher, Briefwechsel (1933), no. 492. It is kept at the Schopenhauer Archive at the Frankfurt University Library.

Traces of folds; some staining to address leaf.

Published: Hübscher (1987), no. 318.

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