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On my return from Schlegel's, I had a visit from Welcker, still the same warm-hearted, kindly spirit I always found him. He is the head librarian, and to his exertions the University owes the collection of casts which is under his care, and which he uses in his lectures on Antiquity. He went with us over the University and spent a large part of the day in kind attentions, yesterday. I heard him lecture on Mythology in the evening, and afterwards went with him to the house of Professor Naumann, a very distinguished member of the Medical Faculty, where, with Schlegel and Mr. and Mrs. Naumann, I passed a couple of hours most agreeably. Schlegel was very entertaining, though very vain.

November 16.—To-day we passed through Gotha, and Erfurt, which is Prussian, and then came on in good season to Weimar, the weather mild and no snow to be seen. There was a great appearance of comfort along our road, and that peculiar air of advanced civilization which provides not only for the physical well-being of the whole people, but for their enjoyment of what is beautiful in nature and the arts, which I think is characteristic of the rule and influence of the Saxon families, wherever they have been extended. The ground was familiar to me. Some of it I passed over more than once in 1816, and I was not sorry to find that I had a fresh recollection of what I saw, and that my impression of the humanity and wisdom of these little governments, from the appearance of the country and the people, is the same now that it was formerly. Everybody here can read and write, and it is even a punishable offence in parents not to send their children to school. The love of what is beautiful, too, descends much lower in society, I think, than it does anywhere else.

I went in the evening to see my old friend Von Froriep, and found him changed from a young man to a grandfather, but as active as ever.

I was struck at Bonn with having Nasse, of the Medical Faculty, ask me about Dr. Gould and the writers for the ‘Boston Medical Journal’; and I was again struck this evening to find Froriep making an abstract of an article on Nightmare, from a very recent New York medical journal, of which he spoke with great interest. This, however, is only a specimen of the German spirit of inquiry. I understand there are five medical journals in Germany, which give quarter-yearly a regular account of what is contained in the medical journals of the United States. Froriep was familiar with all that relates to us in these particulars, and had, I found, all the statistics of our medical schools and whatever relates to medicine in the United States. But he is a remarkable man. . . . .


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