Letter from Otto von Bismarck to Mitchell C. King, November 15, 1875

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Otto von Bismarck to Mitchell C. King, November 15, 1875  (1875) 
by Otto von Bismarck

This is the second letter of two which the German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck sent to his fellow member of the German Student Corps Hannovera Göttingen Mitchell C. King in response to his letters. Both studied at Göttingen University in 1832/33 and kept in touch afterwards. Bismarck wrote this letter in English as a foreign language. This letter is kept in the Library of Congress since 1942 as gift by the King family of Charleston, South Carolina, and Flat Rock, North Carolina. This text was first published for the first time in Germany 1966 by Thomas E. Mullen and Helmuth Rogge: Zwei unbekannte Briefe Bismarcks:gerichtet an seinen Göttinger Jugendfreund Mitchell C. King in Historische Zeitschrift Vol. 202 (1966), pp 352-362.

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Varzin 15 nov 1875

My dear King

It gave me a heartful pleasure that an allusion thrown out at random found an echo in a letter from you. What you write carries me back to days the memory of which will ever be dear to me. I am glad that the Hanoverian ribbon, for which I saw you enter the lists, sword in hand, holds good with you not less than with me as a bond of fellowship. I wish it were given to you to visit | Europe once more that, as I did with Motley several times and last in 1872, we might enjoy the social cup less copiously, alas, but as heartily as in times of yore, when I learned your english and mended your german. The enclosed photograph I have authenticated for fear you should fail to recognize your sincerely attached friend


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