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Hans Christian ØrstedReading Nature's Mind$
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Dan Ch. Christensen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669264.001.0001

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| 1801–2 | 1801–2 First Grand Tour

| 1801–2 | 1801–2 First Grand Tour

Tourist far away from Sophie

(p.96) (p.97) 11 | 1801–2 First Grand Tour
Hans Christian Ørsted

Dan C. Christensen

Oxford University Press

As a member of the board of the Cappel Foundation Manthey provides a three-year travel grant for Ørsted to visit European centres of science. Ørsted's itinerary is outlined and his impressions as a traveller are described. The reader is alerted to source criticism of Ørsted's correspondence with his fiancée, family, and friends, not only because Sophie Probsthein's and Ritter's letters have gone missing, but particularly because the editor of Ørsted's and Manthey's letters, Mathilde Ørsted, his daughter, has tried to obliterate Sophie altogether. We accompany Ørsted to his visits of Potsdam, Wörlitz, Leipzig, Dresden, and Pillnitz.

Keywords:   grand tour, the Cappel Foundation, Ørsted's travel economy, problems with archival material, sightseeing

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