Thomas Platter and the Educational Renaissance of the Sixteenth Century

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CHAPTER XIX
PARENTS' SORROW AND PARENTS' JOY-- SON'S DOCTORATE AND MARRIAGE

NOT long thereafter a pestilence once more broke out, and since I had many boarders all the time they did not wish to go away from me, but asked that I go with them to the country estate. I did this in the week before Whitsuntide. On Whitsuntide we went in to church. Then this evil thing befell my dear daughter Ursela who died on Thursday in the country. On Friday my neighbours took her away; she was buried at St. Elizabeth's; she was seventeen years old. Then all of my boarders left me except the son of Mr. von Rollen, who remained with me quite alone. On this account, and because of his other virtues, I would have received him as a son, to have raised him up to study, until he had received his doctor's degree; but his father, now deceased, would not permit him. At the time of the pestilence my son Felix was with the clerk of the court of the province, Dr. Peter Gawiler, at Röteln.

When I had purchased the estate of Hugwalders and had paid for it, I began to build; first the spring, the house, the barn and stable, the vineyard and other

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