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Blumentritt, Leitmeritz, 24 January 1887

POSTAL CARD

Leitmeritz, 24 January, 1887

Mr. Jos Rizal


71-III Jaegerstrasse
Berlin

My esteemed Friend,

I have not had any news from you for more than a week. I hope you have
not been sick like me. Only today did I get up from my sick-bed. I had a
severe catarrh, and I suffered from hoarseness. That ailment was
terrible for me because it prevented me from smoking, which is my
passion. Dr. Trinidad Pardo de Tavera has published a charming little
book which interests me greatly: El Snscrito en la lengua
tagalog, Paris, Imprimerie A. Davy, 1887. Very interesting.

With affectionate regards.

Yours affectionately,

F. Blumentritt
Contents
Blumentritt havent yet received a letter from Jose Rizal for over a
week. Curiosity struck Blumentritt as to why Rizal is taking so long
to answer. He seems to be worried about Rizals health because
Blumentritt was sick.

Significance during the Revolutionary Period


Blumentritt wanted to see the Philippines, he kind of like sided
with the Filipinos during the colonial invasion by the Spaniards.
Blumentritt knew somehow that eventually, a revolution will rise
up against the Spaniards. And it happened, the 1896 revolution
rose up to stand against the Spanish regime.

Significance as a literary piece of history and literature


Exchange of letters was the primary communication between
far-off locations. Blumentritt and Rizals exchange of letters
connects their ideas, situations, and truths about themselves and
their surroundings. Their exchange of letters brought about a
spark in history because of his correspondence to Rizal and the
Philippines.
16. Blumentritt, Leitmeritz, 4 February 1887

POST CARD

Leitmeritz, 4 February 1887

Mr. Jos Rizal


71-III Jaegerstrasse
Berlin

Esteemed Friend,

You will receive under separate cover issues of Globus which


contain articles on the Philippines. I shall write you more tomorrow
morning.

Since Monday I have been obliged to stay at home on account of


cough and hoarseness.

With affectionate regards.

Yours affectionately,

F. Blumentritt
Contents
Blumentritt will send Jose Rizal a separate cover issue. Maybe
because there is an ulterior message, a special cover, or a plain
one. Again, Blumentritt was suffereing from hoarseness.

Significance during the Revolutionary Period


Blumentritt was a part of Rizals largest work. Including the
preface of Jose Rizals El Filibusterismo and the translation of
Noli Me Tangere to German. Even though Blumentritt never
visited the Philippine islands, he was so eager to help the
Philippines by means of literary communication.

Significance as a literary piece of history and literature


After five years in Europe, Rizal longed for home. On this way back,
however, Rizal took an extended tour of Europe, visiting such places as
Prague and Vienna, Stuttgart and Munich, Geneva and Basel, Rome and
Marseilles before heading to the Philippines. The tour made it possible for
him to spend a few days in Leitmeritz to finally meet his Austrian friend.
This visit lasted a mere four days.

Blumentritt announces that he will hand over a public statement on this


matter because it is his desire to let everyone know that no title has any
value for him, if he must "associate" with the enemies of the Philippines
and be their friend for it. "I will not act dishonorably in order to receive
honors!" He publishes a letter to the director of the Society, Federico
Verdugo, in the Solidaridad in which he affirms his renunciation of the
honorary membership. This incident, which stirred no little sensation in the
circles of Madrid politicians, historians, scholars and even the royal court,
contributed to the repute of Rizal's work and his group of Filipinos in exile.
Analysis in
English

Submitted by: Juan Vincent A. De Vera August 14, 2017


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