Autobiography of Friedrich Froebel $c translated and annotated by Emilie Michaelis ... and H. Keatley Moore. eBook

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whereas Krause desired it should rather style itself “a German institution for universal culture” (Deutsche Anstalt fuer Allgemeine menschliche Bildung).  The rapid growth of Keilhau gave Froebel at the time no leisure for controversy.  In 1827 began the cruel persecutions which eventually compelled him to leave Keilhau.  Now whenever Froebel was under the pressure of outward difficulty, he always sought for help from within, and from his inward contemplation derived new courage and new strength to face his troubles.  Out of such musings in the present time of adversity the long-awaited reply to Krause at length emerged.  The disputative part, interesting in itself, does not here concern us.  We pass at once to the brief sketch of his life contained in later parts of the letter, omitting what is not autobiographical.  The earlier of these passages relate more succinctly the events of the same period already more fully described in the letter to the Duke of Meiningen; but we think it better to print the passages in full, in spite of their being to a great extent a repetition of what has gone before.  Certain differences, however, will be found not unworthy of notice.

The Krause letter succeeded the other and more important letter (to the Duke of Meiningen) by some few months.  Its immediate outcome was a warm friendship between Krause and Froebel; the latter, with Middendorff as his companion, journeying to Goettingen to make the philosopher’s personal acquaintance, in the autumn of 1828.  Long discussions on education took place at this interesting meeting, as we know from Leonhardi, Krause’s pupil.  Krause made Froebel acquainted with the works of Comenius, amongst other things, and introduced him to the whole learned society of Goettingen, where he made a great, if a somewhat peculiar, impression.

PART OF FROEBEL’S LETTER TO KRAUSE, DATED KEILHAU, 24TH MARCH, 1828.

...  You have enjoyed, without doubt, unusual good fortune in having pursued the strict path of culture.  You have sailed by Charybdis without being swallowed up by Scylla.[87] But my lot has been just the reverse.

As I have already told you in the beginning of this letter, I was very early impressed with the contradictions of life in word and deed—­in fact, almost as soon as I was conscious of anything, living as a lonely child in a very narrowed and narrowing circle.  A spirit of contemplation, of simplicity, and of childlike faith; a stern, sometimes cruel, self-repression; a carefully-fostered inward yearning after knowledge by causes and effects, together with an open-air life amidst Nature, especially amidst the world of plants, gradually freed my soul from the oppression of these contradictions.  Thus, in my tenth and eleventh years, I came to dream of life as a connected whole without contradictions.  Everywhere to find life, harmony, freedom from contradictions, and so to recognise with a keener and clearer perception the life-unity

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