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The Sorrows of Werter

By Johann Wolfgang Goethe


April 19.

I THANK you for your two letters. I waited for my answer from court before I wrote to you. I was under continual apprehension lest my mother should apply to the minister, in order to defeat my purpose. But I have received my dismission: {136} and here it is. I will not tell you with what regret it was given to me, nor what the minister said in his letter to me; for that would renew your lamentations. The money which I sent to my mother for, I shall not want; for the hereditary Prince has made me a present -- and it was accompanied by a few words which affected me almost to tears.