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    Charles Dickens About the Germans

    The following is a rarely quoted letter of Charles Dickens. It talks for itself. And even more so, for the character of this great and truly extraordinary Englishman. On this 200th birthday of his, here is the letter in its entirety:


    To J. H. Kuenzel

    Broadstair, Kent.
    Monday Thirteenth September 1841.

    My Dear Sir.

    I should have answered your letter immediately after its date; but I generally come to this part of England to pass the Autumn, and did not receive it until yesterday.
    Accept my best thanks, I beg you, for your welcome letter; and assure the gentleman who so kindly and flatteringly remembers me in the present I received, at the same time through your hands, that I am warmly obliged to him, and feel honored by his approval.
    In regard to the Britannia, what can I say? That my best wishes are with you? You know it already.
    Believe me, my dear Sir – and I say it most unaffectedly – that next to the favor and good opinion of my own countryman, I value, above all price, the esteem of the German people. I honor and admire them past all expression. I know them to be, in their great mental endowments and cultivation, the chosen people of the Earth; and I never was more proud or more happy than when I first began to know that my writings found favor in their eyes.
    I can be indifferent to nothing which connects English Literature with Germany. The object of your new paper is my object, and that of every Englishman who has an interest or delight in the progress of human thought. God prosper it, and you! I wish to Heaven I could speak German, though never so badly. If I could, I would be among you in six months.

    My Dear Sir
    Faithfully Yours always

    Charles Dickens

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    Wow, such warm words by such a great man, that really warms up my germanic heart
    There won't be humans in 500 years. Enough people choke themselves when they jerk off we gave it a name. We ain't a species made to last.

    Judging by it´s name common sense must once have been a pretty common thing. When and why did that change, so it became the rare treasure it is today???

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