Christian Schlegel - Andrew Fountaine - 1701-11-1

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Christian Schlegel, Arnstadt

Christian Schlegel - Andrew Fountaine - 1701-11-1
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  10730
InstitutionName of Institution. London, British Library
InventoryInventory number. Add. Ms. 4277, f° 152
AuthorAuthor of the document. Christian Schlegel
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Andrew Fountaine
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . November 1, 1701
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Arnstadt 50° 50' 5.68" N, 10° 56' 46.14" E
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Andreas Morell, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
LiteratureReference to literature. Burnett 2020b, pp. 1589-901
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Saxon , Medal
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence Latin
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-Lettre du 1 novembre 1701 (d'Arnstadt): "Insigni superfusus sum gaudio, cum ab illustri d’no Leibnitio mihi transmitterentur aliquot ectypa num’oru’ Anglicanorum, qui tuo studio tuaq’ opera lucem adspexerunt. Praesertim cum recordari simul possem suavissimae Tuae conversationis ac amicitiae qua Te tunc temporis non solum Morellio probabas, sed et me in eandem admittebas. Oppidoq’ velle’ ut aliquid iisdem [ ] nostro tunc Cimeliarchio possem. Sed nescio an non jam illos possideas omnes, faciam tamen, ut et illos quamprimum habeas, licet iam sorte possessos. Caeterum non possum non et hic Celsissimi mei Comitis (qui Te perhumaniter per me salutat) addere desiderium, num’i scilicet in ducem Porthsmuthensem cusi, qui icone ab una parte ejundem’ sistit, ab altera portum cum lem’ate: intus dulcis aquae. Si ergo ejusde’ copiam facere possis, rem gratissimam ipso facies et quovis modo demerenda’, minimum si ejus delineatione ad protypum transmiseris. Ita vale et res Tuas ex sententia profice facq’ ut cito Tuas Musas Numarias videamus. Iterum vale. Tuus egregi[ ] Christianus Schlegelius. daba’ Arnstadio die 1 Nov. 17001" (Burnett 2020b, p. 1489).

RemarksRemarks regarding the annotation. (en)

Translation and notes by Andrew Burnett: [I was overwhelmed with great joy when the illustrious Mr Leibniz sent me some copies of the English coins, which through your research and efforts have seen the light. Especially so when I was immediately able to recall your charming conversation and friendship which at that time you showed not only to Morel but to which you also admitted me. I would like very much that I could (add?) something to the same from my collection now. But although I am sure that you have everything I will nevertheless ensure that you have those as soon as possible which I perhaps may have as if by chance. But I cannot fail, even here, to add what the wish of His Very Highness my Count (who greets you warmly through me), that is a coin struck for the Duke of Portsmouth, which has the same man in portrait on one side, and on the other a harbour with the inscription ‘intus dulcis aquae’ [inside are sweet waters].6 So if you could make a copy of the same, you will do a very kind and in every way obliging thing for him, even if you sent it a drawing as a model. So farewell, and continue your work as planned and ensure that we can see your Coin Muses quickly. Again farewell. Your special Christian Schlegel Arnstadt 1 November 17001]

6 ‘Intus aquae dulces’: Vergil, Aeneid I, l. 167, referring to the harbour in Libya reached by Aeneas and his surviving companions after a terrible storm. At this date, however, there was no Duke of Portsmouth, but only a Duchess of Portsmouth, Louise de Kéroualle (1649–1734: see Register), one of King Charles II’s mistresses, who received the title from 1673. No such medal, however, seems to exist, although Schlegel’s description is very specific and apt. Many thanks to Hugh Pagan and Philip Attwood for their help. (en)


  1. ^  Burnett, Andrew M. (2020), The Hidden Treasures of this Happy Land. A History of Numismatics in Britain from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, BNS Special Publ. No 14 = RNS Special Publ. No 58, London, Spink & Son.