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1931 – 10 September

   Posted by: admin   in 1931, Moroccan coin

Please excuse this big clot—the letter fell on my inkstand when finished. The blot looks like a bird, does it not?

Dear friend Mr. Lippincott,

Are you angry or vexed at me? It is strange! To all my letters no answer. I even sent a registered letter August 22nd. I ought to have an answer by this time. Then I wrote again August 30th; of course no answer can come yet to that letter. Do let me know please if you are amazed at my letters—let me know if you do not wish me to write again. This is simply today to fulfill my promise to tell you that my pupil Mrs. Fasenmeyer has arrived and began lessons on the 6th instead of on the 1st and on account of our very miserable times has begged me whether she may not remit 100 marks instead of 150? Of course I condescended. Of course you read the papers and know what is going on in Germany. You, dear Mr. Lippincott, young as you are, you will certainly live to see better and brighter days, but old people like myself, they really have nothing more to live for in this world. I did not expect this end.

This present moment I have no comfort whatever in my house. I am entering a new contract Oct. 1st and at this present moment they have built a wall in the hallway dividing the corridor. Another wall has been built in my parlor separating the parlor from the balcony room. All my furniture (pretty nearly the furniture of 5 rooms) is now in my dining room piled up and I also have to sleep in that furniture store. My studio has not been touched and no extra furniture is in it as I must keep that room decent looking for my lessons.

I do not want to molest you with any more news. I only beseech you to let me know if all my letters have reached you and if you want to hear from me furthermore. I hope you are well and happy—it is more than I can say of myself. I have a very valuable coin in my possession which I would love you to have as a keepsake from me. When the Kronprinz married, the embassy of Marokko was in Berlin and I had the honor of their visit—also arranging and giving a concert for them at in the building of the Sterns Conservatory. As a token of gratitude, the interpreter handed me a silver coin, telling me the coin was made by the Sultan himself and that the coin was very valuable. I would like you to have it if you would kindly accept it from poor me! Hoping to hear from you by return of mail.

I remain yours most respectfully and most gratefully,

B. Corelli

The coin is a large as a 5 mark piece, but how to send it?


1931 – 8 October

   Posted by: admin   in 1931, Moroccan coin

My dear Mr. Lippincott,

Three dear charming letters from you are before me, one dated September 8th, 16th and 22nd. I thank you with all my heart for your wonderful help—for the dear cheering and comforting words you give me.

Wednesday evening. My dear friend, I had to leave off. I have a terrible attack of kidney trouble—pains—that I could not sleep 3 nights. Forgive me, but these are pains of aging. I am writing these few lines and will go to bed using a warm electric pillow in my back.

I thank you so much for the dollar you sent in your last letter. Ill or well I shall go tomorrow to Adams Express Co. and send the coin off registered with return receipt. How considerate of you to send the dollar. I only want to tell you it was 25 years ago that the Kronenprinz celebrated his wedding in Berlin—my lady friend had a suite Under the Linden, in the bankhaus Blickraders house—a lot of guests were present, among them the Embassy of Maroko. They looked upon me as a great marvel. I invited them to attend a concert which I gave in the hall of our Sterns conservatory. The concert was fine and pleased them immensely. After that was a little lunch at my apartment. The interpreter told me that I must buy the meat from a Jewish butcher.  I had real cutlette and lettuce and imagine, they ate everything with their fingers and after each mouthful they dipped their fingers in the fingerbowl and used their napkin to dry their hands.

After lunch the Ambassador handed me the coin, telling me the Sultan himself made the coin. I hope you will like it, dear friend, and always wear it in one of your pockets as a souvenir from me.

Excuse me leaving off, but my pains are simply terrible. Once more a world of thanks to you!

Believe me your grateful, your ever grateful sincere



1931 – 9 October

   Posted by: admin   in 1931, Conditions in Berlin, Moroccan coin

My very dear friend Mr. Lippincott,

11 October 1931

It really is no use trying to have a minute for myself. I was again disturbed and could not continue this letter, which I began Oct. 9th. Just a few words to thank you once more and to tell you that Oct. 8th I went to the American Express and as enclosed receipt will show you sent off the Morocco silver coin. All admired the coin immensely. I insured it with 25$—they advised me to do so. That is 105 marks. All in all I paid insurance 2M50, postage, registry fee and expedition—4 Marks 20. I hope the little package will arrive safely and before all please you and bring you the very best of luck. Please keep the coin in one of your vest pockets, keep it near you, as I have done these last twenty five years.

My little house is finally finished, the door to my parlor was only varnished yesterday. They are slow workers.  I am feeling very comfortable and really have no desire whatever to possess 6 rooms! What for? It is all I need. I do hope that you will soon take a trip across and convince yourself. Then you must come straight from the depot to my house and be my guest. There is always room for a dear good soul as you are! You can have my parlor bedroom and I can make myself quite comfortable on the lounge in the dining room. I do hope to see you walk in some day.

I have unfortunately been quite ill these last 2 weeks. I had terrible kidney pains—could not sleep nights—lived on lemonade and black coffee—since 2 days I feel better—the pains have almost quite gone, but left me terribly weak.

What do you say to our political situations? Can you make out what people desire? what nations are aiming at? So many of my friends had to fail in business.

I must not forget to tell you that I also have received all your dear letters, in Aug. 17th, the registered letter enclosing 15$, and I am sure I thanked you for it with all my heart. It is a delight to read your letters. They also speak for better times, indeed I hope so!

The good news that I referred to was that I expected a new pupil. I am sure I told you Mrs. Fasenmeyer came September 6th, but disappointed me in her payment, cutting me down severely, only paid 100 marks instead of 150—and she will only study till Xmas time. She is progressing wonderfully. I hope that will encourage her father to let her stay longer. One cannot become a singer in 3 months. God bless you and keep from you every harm, to you all good fortune there is in this world. Keep well, dear friend, and please write as soon as you have received the coin and let me know how you liked it. Lots and lots of love and lots of gratitude from

Your faithful ever grateful friend,

B. Corelli

My highly esteemed friend,

Mr. Lippincott,

Your dear letter dated January 2nd enclosing 15$ and my old letter regarding the coin is before me. I am really at a loss what to say! Where to find words for your generosity, for your benevolence, and wonderful good heartedness and kindness. To know that you yourself are dependent on your salary and to have that big heart to help a woman who is almost a stranger to you! Thanks a thousand times. The simpler my words of thanks are, the truer and sincere they are, believe me! I am only formenting my brain what I could do for you?? I return my silly letter regarding the coin. I see the account of its origin is all right, I did not leave out anything. Please excuse me troubling you about it. If I make mistakes, it is not to be wondered at. I have my work, my household, and my correspondence to attend to. Besides, if I live to see the day, the 4th of February I shall be 79 years of age. I suppose you will receive this letter on or about February 4th. Please, Mr. Lippincott, say a prayer for me on that day. Will you kindly?

Imagine of a woman of my age 79 having to work for her living! I love to work, love my lessons,  and thank Heaven through my art can sing every note clearly and perfect like a woman of 30. That bad spell of kidney trouble has left me entirely, but now my poor limbs do not obey any longer. They are beginning to be lazy. I don’t think I would be able to take a little walk through the Zoological Garden with my dear little friend Hall Lippincott. It is a sweet remembrance I am carrying with me! That is all we have today, the dear remembrances.

A great event happened Sunday last, January 17th. My daughter and husband returned from Russia after an absence of 11½ months! They arrived at 7:20 A.M. station Zoo. I got up at 5:30 A.M. so as not to miss their arrival. Of course I went to the station to meet them and they came with their Coupé baggage to my house and had breakfast. Altogether we were 9 people at the breakfast table. All had tea and rolls, butter, and sausage, one for Olga and her husband as they had no sausages in Russia. Olga and Max are residing with a very dear friend of mine, as my apartment, as you know, only consists of 3 rooms. I am happy to know Olga safe at home. The journey took 9 days!! a longer journey than to New York. How long their stay will be here, they do not know it. Maybe he has to fulfill another order for his firm, so build another machine in some other part of Russia. I hope not.

Kindly give Miss Dunbar sincere greetings. I thank her for her New Years wishes and reciprocate heartily. God bless you, dear, dear friend. God reward you for your goodness. Keep well and happy. Always remain as you are. Loyal, diligent and faithful. God’s blessing on you. Once more, may God bless you.

Thanking you once more sincerely, believe me as ever your true and very grateful

Blanche Corelli

[Ed: a little background about the following story: Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor August Ernst, Crown Prince of Germany (Marmorpalais, 6 May 1882 - Hechingen, 21 July 1951); married in Berlin on 6 June 1905 Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (Schwerin, 20 September 1886 - Bad Kissingen, 6 May 1954)

Rubbing of Moroccan coin

The Marokko Coin

Kronsonprince Wilhelm married May 6th, 1905. He married Cäcilie, the daughter of the Grand Duke Friedrick Franz III of Mecklenberg Schwerin.

Krosonprince Wilhelm is the oldest son of the late, rather ex, Emperor Wilhelm, now residing in Doorn, Holland.

There were great festivities in town and many sovereigns of other countries came to be witness of the great ceremonies, of the pomp and the parade which moved along Unter the Linden. To see this wonderful train I was invited by my lady friend Mrs. Dora Bauer Sachse to come to her apartment Under the Linden No. 13 in the house of the Bankhouse Bleichräder. My lady friend had a wonderful balcony and it was really a marvelous sight—the state carriages, the horses, the pages, and all the guests, everybody in festive attire. And on that day, May 6th, 1905, on my lady friend’s balcony, I made the acquaintance of the Embassy of Marocca, both in full dress attire, a sight for itself. My name Corelli was quite familiar to them and when the procession was over, the Marokko people asked permission to drive me to my apartment. It was a large 4 seat Landau, 2 horses (so fancy) and these people in their national dress and I in plain civil dress, it was quite a sensation Unter the Linden. To return this compliment in some way, I arranged a nice concert for them the next day in the hall of Sterns Conservatory. I had fine carpets and low stools for them to sit on. It was quite a success. The 3rd day of their Berlin stay, the 2 Ambassadors and their interpreters were my guests for 6 o’clock tea. The interpreter told me that I must buy my meat at the at the Genisch[Jewish?] butcher, that they would not touch any other, and begged me to buy veal.  So I bought veal cutletts and lettice—they do not use knives nor forks, but eat everything with their fingers. They have some person cut their meat and after every bite they use a finger bowl to cleanse their fingers. Lettice was also eaten that way. After that little lunch I had some more music and then the ambassador made me a present of the coin in your possession, telling me that it was the only coin of its kind existing, that the Sultan himself stamped—coined it.

I am more than happy to know the coin in your possession. You are really the only deserving person in my acquaintance  worthy to possess it.

[It is likely that the above coin is a common one rather than one struck by the Sultan. Check out this web site. In any event, we can't find the coin in Hall's coin collection, so it is likely that he tracked down the ID and then, uncharacteristically, didn't take care to keep the coin.]

Chevalier Ernest Thorn, a conjurer, whose name is surely familiar to you, had a great collection of coins, silver and gold, and begged[?] the life out of me to let him have the Marocco coin—he even offered me 100 marks for it, but you see, the money did not tempt me, I did not let him have it.