1931 – 7 August

   Posted by: admin   in 1931

Dear Friend Mr. Lippincott,

It was charming of you to send me such a lovely young lady, Miss Mary Dunbar, to visit me. Miss Dunbar called Monday the 3rd inst. in the afternoon. I must have been on the balcony, not to have heard the bell. To my great amazement I found a card from Miss Dunbar, written on a hotel card, where she resided, with the following lines: Dear Madame Corelli, my friend Hall Lippincott to whom you were so kind three years ago, asked me to call while I was in Berlin. I am very sorry not to find you in and I am very sure that Hall will be disappointed not to hear news of you as he is very grateful to you! Mary Dunbar. I telephoned right away to the Kaiser Hotel and spoke with Miss Dunbar, begging her to breakfast with me the next day at 10 A.M. She could not come later as the whole party started for Potsdam at 11:30. So I had the great pleasure of meeting Miss Mary—a lovely being, a fairy! with the most beautiful blue eyes I think I ever saw! But how kind and sweet of you, dear friend, to speak thus of me! and to remember me so kindly! Thanks to you! to you only, could I invite Miss Dunbar and could put butter, raspberry jelly, and tomatoes on the breakfast table, besides tea and rolls. I must repeat it, only thanks to you!! We spoke a lot about our friend Hall! and I did not tell Miss D. anything of your wonderful kindness to me! Of your great help and generosity. I don’t know whether you would have liked it, whether you wanted the young lady to know.

Miss Dunbar invited me to dinner the same evening at the hotel at 8. I finally consented to come, but was unfortunately unable to keep the appointment, as 2 lady visitors came in, and I was unable to leave the house. So I sent my servant with some choice fruit and a nice note of apology—which I am sure the young lady will show you on her return house. Since then I have not heard from Miss Dunbar—she left Berlin without telephoning. Strange—and I hope she is not offended and angry that I did not come to the hotel. I don’t know her Chicago address or else I would send a note, but I am sure that you, dear friend, will be so kind and once more apologize for me. Yes?

Unfortunately I have nothing new to tell. Things are looking pretty dull and everybody dreads the coming Sunday. I think you will know the truth, the result by cable and newspapers before we do. I do not know why nations cannot be open hearted and open minded, also friendly to one another?  This is such a big and beautiful world, and room for everybody.

I would so much like to hear from you again, to learn if you are satisfied and happy in your new vocation. Is there anything I can do for you over here? Perhaps, so do let me know. I would be so happy could I be of some help and return your wonderful kindness to me in some other way. God bless you! With lots of love,

Your ever grateful motherly friend,


Is the direction right? or shall I address home?


1931 – 22 August

   Posted by: admin   in 1931

Mr. Hall Lippincott

My very dear friend,

Not a line has come from you since your registered letter. I asked July 17th when you so generously sent $30 for which I thanked you with all my heart and again thank you here. I addressed my answer to your place of business, hoping I did no harm in doing that and that you received my letter. I also wrote a few lines August 7th, speaking of the charming visit of Miss Dunbar—and no answer from you! It is more than a month since I have heard from you and I must confess that I am more than alarmed. I hope you are not ill—or have I done anything to vex you? Do please, I beseech you, write by return of mail and let me know how you are. It is more than possible that you have written, that you have even written registered! Please let me know if your letter was registered. I hope you have kept the receipts—one must be able to test the letter carrier’s honesty. Since Miss Dunbar’s visit, which was August 4th, I have not heard from her, but the day before yesterday a letter came from Miss Dunbar from Paris. A charming letter. I must try and copy it here. I cannot send you the original as it is really of value to me. Miss Dunbar writes:

Paris, August 18, 1931. Hotel La Trenville, Champs Elysees—Dear Madame Corelli, I am sorry not to have written before to thank you for being so very sweet to me while I was in Berlin, but we have been traveling very rapidly until now. We have been in Wiesbaden, Bonn, Cologne, The Hague, Amsterdam, London, and Canterbury since I saw you!  Of all these places I remember Berlin with the greatest pleasure because of the delightful breakfast there with you and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to you for your great kindness— and also to Hall for having been the means of my meeting such a distinguished and gracious lady. I meant to thank you too for sending the delicious basket of fruit—it was indeed refreshing on our long, tiring trip. I hope you may have great happiness and success during the coming year and that I may soon hear news of you from Hall. Sincerely and affectionately, Mary Dunbar

I repeat: Do I deserve all this? If you should see Miss Dunbar, please give her my best love—she is a charming young lady who I would love to meet again.

About myself unfortunately there is nothing new to tell, but Sept 1st I hope to be able to give you some good news—I will then write immediately. I implore you, dear friend, answer by return of mail.

Lots of love to you, from your very grateful and sincere friend,

B Corelli


1931 – 30 August

   Posted by: admin   in 1931, Olga and Max Wegener

My very dear friend Mr. Lippincott,

Before me is your letter dated August 17th which arrived yesterday morning (it took 12 days) enclosing 15$ for which I say a thousand thousand thanks. You don’t begin to realize what is going on in Germany. You do not begin to know the wonderful help you have been for me! I wish I could express my feelings better, so that you may know what is going on in my heart and mind, how I pray to Heaven for your success and health. I have been quite alarmed about you, not hearing from you. This is the 2nd letter from you—one was written July 17th and the 2nd one August 17th. I have written 4 letters, this is letter No. 5. I wrote on July 3rd to Evansville, July 30th to Chicago, Aug. 7th to Chicago, and Aug. 22nd to Chicago registered. Please, I only meant to know whether all my mail reached you safely and whether you only sent 2 letters. Please, please answer this question.

It is nice of Miss Dunbar to speak so kindly of me. I am sorry not to have seen more of her and I repeat it, had it not been for you, dear friend, for your kindness, I could not have shown Miss Dunbar the good breakfast and the choice fruit, so once more most heartfelt thanks.

Now, about my apartment and I hope I can make myself understood. About 4 months ago when business was horrible already all around, I wrote to my landlord asking him whether he would not divide my apartment. I begged him to let me have 3 rooms, bath and kitchen, told him that everyone was doing that now in Berlin, really everybody. But my landlord would not agree to it. So I did the next best thing, I gave him 3 months notice, which is the legal term for yearly contracts. He accepted my notice, but since June 30th so many unpleasant things happened in this house—3 other families moved, and with my notice he would have 4 flats empty this month of October—it was the landlord who came to make me the proposition of asking me if I would not stay if he divided the apartment. I was of course only too happy and willing to consent.

Beginning October 1st I shall only occupy 3 rooms instead of 6. Thank Heaven! and the rent a wonderful reduction. I shall only have to pay 130 marks a month. What a relief. All last week I have been hard at work moving. Moving the furniture of 6 rooms into 3. I have had a man there last 3 days, bringing trunks and furniture in the attic, things I have no room for now. Some things I have sold—a bed with springs and mattress for 15 marks. Don’t laugh at the price! That 3-cornered yellow Biedermeier cupboard in my parlor, I sold the same today for 30 marks. 1 mirror 10 marks. One cannot get any prices, times are execrable.

Then a little more good news. A lady pupil with whom I have been corresponding since six months regarding lessons has written that her father is going to bring her (he comes from Manhattan) on the 1st or 2nd of September and her pay will be 150 marks a month All this I shall only believe if I see Mrs. Fasenmeyer on Sept. 2nd and if, rather when, she had paid her 150 marks—you see I have been disappointed so horribly and so often in business, that I cannot conceive any good news, but rest assured that I will let you know, dear friend; I hope to Heaven she will come.

This moving into the 3 rooms is quite a difficult thing. I keep parlor, studio and dining room of course servants room, bathroom and kitchen and as they have to pull down the door which stands now connecting parlor and balcony room, they have to build a wall and then plaster the room and whitewash the ceiling. The work begins tomorrow, so until this parlor is finished, I shall only have my studio and dining room and both rooms are so full of furniture, I don’t know where I shall be able to sleep for several nights. The great expense is the moving of the electric fixtures, the moving of the telephone, the moving of the radio and the decorator to put up the curtains—for everything had to be taken down. And just now when this new pupil is coming, it is a pity that I have to receive her in such a disorderly house. The entry to the apartment will be terribly small, that is the only drawback. But I am happy that I can stay—already for business sake as everybody in the States knows my address. And then the expense of this change is about 150 marks and moving away from here would have cost 300 marks and more!

About my son in law, I will tell you all about in my next letter as I want this to be off as quick as possible. He is not in Dipl. service but he is a diploma-ed engineer and is an employer [employee] at the A.E.G., that means Allgemeine Elecktricitäts Gesellschaft. The present moment he is in Russia with my daughter building paper machines which the Soviet government ordered at his firm. He supervises the whole thing. He took 4 monteurs [mechanics] with him—the town is Wischersky Sorvad. Geolikamisk Kreis Ural.

So much for today, my very dear friend. Once more a million of thanks. Please acknowledge this by return of mail and please answer my question whether you have received all my letters and how often you have written.

Lots of love and a world of thanks from your true grateful motherly friend



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?