Gauss to his son
Eugene on August 9, 1846.
I cannot refrain from replying in a few lines to your letter dated the
16th of May, which came to hand on the 30th of June, although for two reasons I
compelled to be brief. In the first place, because Theresa is
in regard to
dispatching the package tomorrow and, secondly, because I am somewhat indisposed and compelled to pass the greater part of the day lying on
sofa. This may be due chiefly to the intolerable heat, from which I always suffer
greatly, which is greater this summer than I remember to have endured in all my
life. According to the
newspapers this heat seems to have prevailed all over Europe.
That I now have also in the new world a grand-child on your side is
gratifying to me. In the old world my name will probably become
Joseph's marriage has remained childless for some years. In all
will be placed in different circumstances in the near future, more
than a lieutenantcy in time of peace; it is also pleasing to me for the
that he will be nearer to me. It is the intention to have
become a member of the
railroad directorate, which will require him to leave the army and make
Hanover his domicile, although he will have to spend a great part of the year in
He is at the present time in Stade in order to fetch his wife to Hanover.
That your business is prospering gives me pleasure, but in a letter
which your grandmother received lately there is a somewhat unintelligible
that you intend to give it up, to go into the country and there to carry on a
business. As you make no mention of this at all in your letter to me, I surmise
statement in part at least rests upon a misunderstanding. Moreover, we have
tonight evidence of your business activity of late, since Mr. Wisthof* has sent
us a small barrel of flour from the mill of Gauss and Weidner, which Theresa
praises as better than any made here. By chance at the same time we had
a jar of butter aus dem Altenlande from Joseph's wife, -- so there was nothing
for an omelette from my children in foreign countries but the eggs from
We were very much pleased with the Daguerre picture which your dear
wife sent Theresa. The workmanship is better than I have ever
in any Daguerre
picture made in Europe. theresa reciprocates with two copies of
Mr. Angelroth will bring, one for you and one for William. Besides he
bring at the same time for the same distribution two lithographs of my
reporduced from an oil painting last winter, which was made here six
ago. The original of this oil painting by a Copenhagen artist got to St.
and a copy for Mr. Sartorius remained here from which the lithograph was
was at that time considered a very good likeness. Now I have
very much unlike it.
I have also to thank you for the map of Missouri and Arkansas which
arrived at the same time with the picture. Grandmother has
written you that Ewald was married again last year.
With hearty wishes for your welfare, your affectionate Father,
C. F. Gauss.
Göttingen, August 9, 1846.