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An Edmund Burke, Berlin, 8. Februar 1793, Sheffield Record Office, Sheffield. Fitzwilliam Papers, Signatur [?] 1793

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Burke, Edmund
LocationBerlin
Date8. Februar 1793
Handwritten recordSheffield Record Office, Sheffield. Fitzwilliam Papers, Signatur [?]
Places of printThe Correspondence of Edmund Burke, edited by P. J. Marshall and John A. Woods, Cambridge and Chicago, Ill. 1968, Vol. VII January 1792 - August 1794, 346-347; Hase, Alexander von: Friedrich (von) Gentz: "Von dem politischen Zustande von Europa vor und nach der Französischen Revolution (1801)" (Analyse und Interpretation). Diss. phil. Erlangen-Nürnberg 1968, Anhang 2, 127-128
IncipitHaving finished a toil which afforded
Type of letterBriefe von Gentz
Digital item: TextAn Edmund Berlin, 8. Februar 1793 Sir ! Having finished a toil which afforded to me, nearly for two years, that precious enjoyment to converse with the most sublime genius of the age, it is but very natural, I should wish to carry this labour of mine before the most competent judge, I can look for among the wise. I am certainly aware, the language I wrote in, is but little known to the nation, which is happy glorious in Your possession, and also perhaps unknown to You: still I hope, there may be among Your acquaintance one willing to become my interpreter: and if not, I'll think myself suffíciently rewarded, whenever this undertaking does not entirely die away, unregarded by You. What power I had, I assumed, to deliver a faithful lively copy of my great Original. What I thought proper, in order to put German readers into the just sense of Your book, and to make them fair judges about those refined ideas, which were too often misunderstood, I brought ino annotations and annexed essays. Nay, I was bold enough to entertain a doubt against a very few of Your opinions: much oftener I ought to reinforce what Your experience, what Your consummated wisdom foretold us two years ago, by what the sad history of these last two years is compelled to remember. So I went on warmly, zealously, I dare say enthusiastically, I served a fair cause. This is a time, where every man, conscious of his forces is obliged to pay a public tribute to reason - A time as well for Germany, as for the rest of Europe. Inclination prompted me not less than duty and love of my country to enter the honourable carreer. I'll think myself arrived at its glorious aim, if my name should be found worthy, to be traced at the pedestal of Your statue. I must not abuse any longer the advantage to be the contemporary of - I only dare to wish, Sir, Your high and important occupations might leave You a moment's time to let me Know this letter did reach Your notice. In such a case my address is: Genz, Conseiller de guerre et Secretaire privé au Grand-Directoire des Finances, à BerlinIn every case I am respectfully, and with deeper sentiments of admiration, than any pen may utter Sir ! Your most obedient humble Servant Berlin 8th february Genz 1793: H: Sheffield Record Office, Sheffield. Fitzwilliam Papers, x Bl., F: ; y eighd. beschr. Seiten. D: The Correspondence of Edmund , edited by P. J. Marshall and John A. Woods, Cambridge and Chicago, Ill. 1968, Vol. VII January 1792 - August 1794, 346-347. Hase, Alexander von: Friedrich (von) Gentz: "Von dem politischen Zustande von Europa vor und nach der Französischen Revolution" (1801) (Analyse und Interpretation). Diss. phil. Erlangen-Nürnberg 1968, Anhang 2, 127-128.