Letters from Flemming

Flemming, Chicago

Heinrich von Flemming (1818 – 1899) was a lifelong friend of FFL. From the letters it appears that they served as cadets together and remained friends their entire lives. After his business failed in Costa Rica, FFL went for a time to live with Flemming, who had moved to the U.S. in 1859.  Their letters to each other are full of humor, poetry  and mutual admiration, always addressing each other in the formal “Sie” form, not as a sign of distance but of great respect.