Oberlin's Namesake: John Frederick Oberlin (1740-1826)

Heisch's autograph album

Philipp J. Heisch, a friend of Oberlin's, brought a beautifully designed autograph album with a leather and marbled paper slipcase to the Ban de la Roche with him. Oberlin and his family members and friends inscribed the pages with sentiments of affection and good wishes. Oberlin's inscription is the first in the book, dated 10th Messidor in the fourth year of the French Republic, or July 1, 1796. He wrote to his friend in German, with a latin aphorism at the bottom, "Non est mortale quod opto" (I seek nothing that is mortal), quoted from Ovid's Metamorphoses

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