Dear Mr. Heermann,
I feel compelled to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your warm hospitality over Easter. I continue to feel very deeply that in your home I have found my second home, so I thank you sincerely for your friendly acceptance of me.
There is another extremely personal point hat I would like to discuss with you today. For many years now, I have had a close relationship with Emilie. An ever-changing fate has tied us together, and a fairly long time has already past since we first promised each other that we would marry. You yourself have seen this coming, and so I assume that you will not place any obstacles in our way when the day comes that we fulfill this promise. From the very beginning, I knew that I would never want to marry for money.
One must be very careful today in the choosing of one’s partner. In order for one to be able to expect a happy marriage, it is imperative that above all, the personality traits of the couple complement each other. We have known each other for a long enough time that no case could be made against that fact. Since many couples today are finding it difficult to establish, sustain, and nurture a family solely on their own, and since it it may difficult for you to provide the necessary capital as well, one must have a specific plan in place so that these needs may be met. Ich möchte es daher nicht versäumen, dies genügend lange Zeit vorher anzukündigen. We have the intention of being engaged by the end of this year, if God grants us our lives until then. If we are then engaged and the opportunity arises for us to settle down, then it would be quite possible if not at the end of this year, then some time over the course of next year for us to marry. This is the plan that I wanted to share with you. Regarding my financial circumstances, I have set up an open transfer of my list of assets to you. Aside from that, I believe that I am in the position to meet the expenses that this united household would demand with my own income. I will defer to your equitable and fair-minded thinking in terms of what you would like to give Emilie.
In this letter, I have spoken openly with you and I do not want this openness be used against me.
This letter is meant only for you and your wife, as well as for Emilie, through whom I send these words to you.
Your Josef Müller