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


1931 – 26 November

   Posted by: admin   in 1931, Conditions in Berlin

My dear dear Mr. Lippincott,

Enclosed I have written a detailed story of the Marokka coin. Keep the coin in your vest pocket as I have had it in my bag all these years—it must bring you the best of luck.

I thank you sincerely for your kind letter of October first and for the enclosed fifteen dollars that are such a wonderful help. Heaven bless you for it. Heaven bless you for thinking of me.

I am happy you foresee better times. People have lost their heads here. Not a day passes that some great catastrophy does not occur! Men who have had glorious, wonderful, influential positions turn out to be rogues and thieves. Do American papers give these reports?

I am really happy with my little apartment. I wish you were here to admire it.  They have not yet fixed the door to my room properly, but never mind, I must not growl about that.  I used to need 50 marks of coals a month, I need now 25 marks—that is a great difference. You know, I have no steam heat, but must have a warm room. I rather go hungry than freeze, am I right?  I have had quite another bad spell with these kidneys—it is far better now. I think the Almighty has got something good for me in store—at least I hope so.

Be smart, and pray for me! I know your prayers will be heard! Thanking you once more for your wonderful help—believe me your true and grateful friend,

Sincerely, Corelli

Do please acknowledge this as soon as you can!


1931 – 12 December

   Posted by: admin   in 1931, Conditions in Berlin, Rose Meri

Dear, dear Mr. Lippincott,

Your dear letter dated Nov. 25th is before me—you were so kind and good to enclose 15 dollars for me! again 15$! You dear, kind, good hearted soul! I really don’t know how I shall ever be able to make this good. I wrote November 26 a pretty long letter regarding the coin—and I am afraid I made a great blunder. I firstly composed the letter, and then copied it. Of course I sent you the copy and in doing so I am afraid I tore up a sheet which ought to have been sent to you. Is that so? Was there a page missing in my last letter? If so, please be good enough to return the letter if you still have the same because all I have to tell about the coin is real interesting.

My pupil Mrs. Fasenmeyer has been here 3 months. She only wanted to remain that length of time; her father came to convince himself of her progress, was perfectly delighted and decided that she should remain another month, but of course I had to make a small reduction with the salary. I say never mind—it is a wonderful help that she remains another month, may be then somebody else will come. Something will occur—because a pupil of mine Miss Rose Meri sang last week here in Berlin at the Bühnen Club with wonderful success—in fact, I never read such press notices from a beginner. She was quite a sensation. I must try and get a duplicate notice and send it to you, although in German. Do be kind and have somebody translate it for you—it is really worth while.

What do you think of our conditions here in Germany? Is it not frightful? Thank heaven they have overpowered that crank Hitler!!! and since three days prices have been reduced considerably. The cold has set in quite vigorously. It is astonishing, yes wonderful, the immense amount of charity and good which is practiced, rather carried out daily, hourly for the unfortunate unemployed! But as there are millions of unemployed, not enough can be done! I do hope ere I close my eyes for good, to leave friends and acquaintances fairly situated! That is all I pray for! For normal times, as they were before the war, will never return, alas!

Please give Miss Dunbar my kind regards. As these lines will reach you about Xmas or New Years time, allow me to wish you a very merry Xmas and an exceedingly happy new year! May all your heart’s desires be fulfilled. Thanking you once more with all my heart for your wonderful help, for your wonderful kindness, believe me your very grateful, sincere


Do please write soon.