LXVI Neues Palais 24/XII/1910
Neues Palais 24/XII/1910
I am most grateful for your frank answer concerning Hintze. I learn with deep regret from your letter that he no longer enjoys your confidence, I have therefore decided to recall him.
As his successor I would propose sending Major Gen: à la suite von Lauenstein at present in command of a Brigade of Infantry in Hanover. He was my personal aide-de-camp before taking over his command. You will probably remember him from the time he was mili. attache to St. Petersburg; he also had the honour of accompanying your army to the war, and as I hear he was most popular with your officers. He is a most capable soldier and alltogether most reliable and trustworthy. He writes a splendid german style, and were consequently member of 3 committees who sat on the Reform of the Regelements of our Infrantry, Artillery and Cavalry, all three having emanated from his pen.
I place unlimited confidence in him and in the hopes of your approval to my proposal look forward to your answer.
I had Osten-Sacken for lunch the other day. His health seems perfect and he was in high spirits. I am so glad you made him a knight of St. Andrews and I very much appreciate your most friendly and sympathetic allusion to the relations of our two countries in the letter which you addressed to the dear old gentleman on this occasion.
I got some charming cards from Alix with the children as a group please thank her from me for them. I send you a "couteau de chasse" and to Alix a "saladiere" for the zakouska table, made in my Majolikafactory, and mounted in silver in Dresden.
With the best wishes for a happy prosperous New Year, which may be one of Peace, and much love to Alix and the children I remain
Ever your devoted friend and cousin
- This Captain von Hintze afterwards became the well-known Admiral. After the fall of Kühlmann, he became German Secretary for Foreign Affairs.
- Russian ambassador at Berlin.
- The Royal factory at Meissen, a few miles west of Dresden, until 1863 in the fortress of Albrechtsburg, and thereafter nearer the city.