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Tue Jan 16, 2018, 07:53 PM

From a letter written in 1905 by Friedrich Trump...



https://harpers.org/archive/2017/03/the-emigrants/

January 16, 2018: [Measles][Czechoslovakia][Haiti][180 pounds of Xanax]
ARCHIVE / 2017 / March


Readings ó From the March 2017 issue
The Emigrants

By Friedrich Trump


From a letter written in 1905 by Friedrich Trump, Donald Trumpís grandfather, to Luitpold, prince regent of Bavaria. Trump had been ordered to leave Bavaria for failing to complete mandatory military service and to register his initial emigration to the United States twenty years earlier. Prince Luitpold rejected Trumpís request for repatriation; the family later settled in New York. Translated from the German by Austen Hinkley.

Most Serene, Most Powerful Prince Regent! Most Gracious Regent and Lord!

I was born in Kallstadt on March 14, 1869. My parents were honest, plain, pious vineyard workers. They strictly held me to everything good ó to diligence and piety, to regular attendance in school and church, to absolute obedience toward the high authority.

After my confirmation, in 1882, I apprenticed to become a barber. I emigrated in 1885, in my sixteenth year. In America I carried on my business with diligence, discretion, and prudence. Godís blessing was with me, and I became rich. I obtained American citizenship in 1892. In 1902 I met my current wife. Sadly, she could not tolerate the climate in New York, and I went with my dear family back to Kallstadt.

The town was glad to have received a capable and productive citizen. My old mother was happy to see her son, her dear daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter around her; she knows now that I will take care of her in her old age.

But we were confronted all at once, as if by a lightning strike from fair skies, with the news that the High Royal State Ministry had decided that we must leave our residence in the Kingdom of Bavaria. We were paralyzed with fright; our happy family life was tarnished. My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick.

Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree ó not to mention the great material losses it would incur. I would like to become a Bavarian citizen again.


In this urgent situation I have no other recourse than to turn to our adored, noble, wise, and just sovereign lord, our exalted ruler His Royal Highness, highest of all, who has already dried so many tears, who has ruled so beneficially and justly and wisely and softly and is warmly and deeply loved, with the most humble request that the highest of all will himself in mercy deign to allow the applicant to stay in the most gracious Kingdom of Bavaria.

Your most humble and obedient,

Friedrich Trump

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Tue Jan 16, 2018, 08:08 PM

1. Knowing what little I do of Fred Trump, I would guess he choked on all those flowery praises he

greeted and saluted Luitpold with in his plea.

Like father, like son...I would imagine both were expert at turning on the B.S. when they wanted something badly enough.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 16, 2018, 08:50 PM

2. The letter was from Trump's grandfather, not father.

 

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Response to RandomAccess (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 16, 2018, 08:57 PM

3. Well, that just makes the similarity that much stronger to show up in 3 generations.

Pretty strong resemblance in character.

Sorry, I jumped a generation.

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