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for the winter. Early in November he heard of his brother Stephen's death, which is
thus commemorated in his Diary:
' November \^th.—This is the severest day with which it has as yet pleased Providence to visit
me. I lost my dear and much-loved brother Stephen. He died at Cheltenham between 7 and
8 A.M. Multis illc bonis, etc'
Further on he describes this bereavement as
' A loss quite irreparable; a rapid decline tore him away from us, a visitor which all former
circumstances of his life and of the family never led us to dream of. He himself has made a
change for the better; it is his mourning relations who suffer. He was in his thirty-seventh
Later, on the I5th of December, Cleasby wrote a long letter to his brother
Anthony, in which he says :
' The loss of such a brother cannot be repaired, but we must seek by all possible unity and
mutual approximation in desire and deed, and by clinging closely to each other, to close up as
far as possible the cruel gap which the envious Giant has made in our ranks; not unreminded
by what has happened of the uncertainty of the period during which it may be granted to its
to range in the already diminished space of fraternal love and friendship.'
Whether it were that the death of his brother gave his mind a more serious turn,
it is plain from the Diary that Richard Cleasby studied divinity and associated with
clergymen during this winter. His friends, the Hof-Prediger Franke and the Ober-
Hof-Prediger Ammon, were those whose society he most sought in Dresden; nor did
he forget to visit his old friend Pastor Prietsch at Tharandt. On the 3rd of January,
1836, he left Dresden for Leipzig, where he had many friends; but the religious turn
of his mind is best shewn by the following little entry on the nth of January:
' Took a young man of the name of Stegman to assist me in an attentive reading of the
Old Professor Hermann was still alive, and Cleasby gave him a memorandum
which Thiersch had left with him at Munich in 1833. At Leipzig he stayed
engaged in his theological studies till the i8th of May, when he went leisurely home
by Jena, the Odenwald, Heidelberg, the Rhine, and the Moselle. Treves and Luxem-
burg were duly visited, and on the 8th of June he crossed to Dover. In the winter
his brother Anthony had married Miss Fawkes. On the 3rd of July is the following
' Dr. Lappenberg of Hamburgh, Brönsted of Copenhagen, and the Librarian Falkenstein of
Dresden dined with us, and met Reeve.'
On the 2yth of August Cleasby left Dover for Ostend. On the igth of September
we find him at Munich -.
' This town, to which so many agreeable recollections arc attached, as well as regards the
acquisition of knowledge as that of sincere friends.'
Here he went into lodgings in the house of his friend Professor Martins, and
on the 14th of October began reading Mceso-Gothic with his friend Professor Schmeller.
At Munich he remained till May, 1837, hard at work; and early in that month took a
tour in the Bavarian Tyrol, during which he stayed at Kreuth to take a whey (molken)