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him; and that the recent poem had been dedicated to him without his knowledge, probably as a return for the complimentary sonnet. To this letter, which did not mention Anastasius Grun's true name, Von Hammer has received no answer, and will probably receive none; the object of the whole being to control and alarm Count Auersperg, as Von Hammer thinks, who told me the entire story. What Prince Metternich—who is a wise statesman—can hope to do with such means, it is not easy to tell. Mr. Krause, of Dresden, told me that in conversation with him, formerly, the Prince illustrated his policy by saying to the great landed proprietor, If on your estates you had, upon that great height that overlooks the Elbe, a vast reservoir of water that you knew every moment threatened to overwhelm your rich meadows, and must certainly one day come down, would you at once break through the dike and let it down in broad ruin upon your lands, or would you carefully perforate it, so that it should sen