Freiburg, 29 April 1889
I received your letter with great joy and learned from it that you are well
and that you really left your master. You just do not know how happy we
would be if you could come once again to see us. I saw from your letter that
you would like to be home once again too, but I am afraid it is quite a
distance and probably longer than I think. If I could leave I would visit
you too and take a look at life in America. I would probably like it better
in the beginning until I got used to it.
Well now I want to enjoy myself with our parents once I get away again from
this affair. I did again spend five days at home this Easter. Thank God all
are well at home and have to work busily for the winter has been rather long
and they have been unable to do almost anything in the fields before Easter
and there was still snow up on the corner, but now it has been good growing
weather so far. I t will probably be about the same for you and you probably
have a lot of work to do now too.
I saw in your letter that you would like to start a business for your self.
Well, that will probably be better than working for strangers, but as far as
I can see, you have not quite resolved the issue of marriage and I can well
believe that it is probably not easy, but if you want to be independent, it
will be better for you if you marry. If, though, the parents of your girl
are not entirely for it, but if you get along all right with the daughter,
they will not much know what to do and things will improve, I am sure. The
main thing is that you agree with your loved one.
I want to conclude my letter now. I am actually on guard right now and have
to go to do sentry duty before the Grand Duke heir who recently became
commander of our regiment. Now it is nicer doing sentry duty since the night
is not so long and not so cold anymore as it was in winter. We are on guard
duty there every six days until the young are trained again; now only every
12 days and we are relieved every two hours, meaning that we have to do
sentry duty for two hours at a time. Otherwise things go pretty well. I am
still well, which is the main thing. Now the time passes fast this summer.
Perhaps I can get away by next fall, which would be all right with Father.
They had a little argument, that is, our people and Leonhardt.* Leonhardt is
of the opinion that Father had put away certain things belonging to Fidel.
Now the effects are auctioned off and then the money is divided up. At first
they had intended to divide up the things themselves, but Leonhardt was the
only one not to agree to that. It will probably be better now.
Kind regards from your brother.
* At this time it is not known who Leonhardt was. Dad's father has mentioned
brothers and sisters, but has only written about his brother Fidel in
particular. Possibly Leonhardt was a brother, since he was so concerned
about Fidel's estate.