Augusta's Journey

Cecilia’s Album: Louise Wener (Nordwall) – A Childhood at Svartsjö Kungsgård

Cecilia’s Album: Louise Wener (Nordwall) – A Childhood at Svartsjö Kungsgård

Louise Wener wrote the following poem for Cecilia in January of 1844. IMG-7924 Oh! vilken önskan skall jag i din vänskapsbok skriva? Se, med fem ord står den här: Väninna, var lycklig i ditt liv.        Oh! what wish should I give you in your memory book? Look, it is here in five words: Friend! Have a happy life. Who was Louise Wener? […]

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Cecilia’s Album: Aurora Sophia af Wetterstedt – A Riddle to be Solved

Cecilia’s Album: Aurora Sophia af Wetterstedt – A Riddle to be Solved

It was quite common for friends to sign a memory card with just initials, or to leave out a few letters in the name. This card was signed A….re W……dt on the 16th of June. I assume it was given to Cecilia in June 1844 when she was about to leave Stockholm. But who was A….re W……dt? IMG-7919 Among your friends I will write a […]

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Cecilia’s Album: Mathilde Biel (Nordenfelt) and Elise Biel (Edman) – Two dear sisters

Cecilia’s Album: Mathilde Biel (Nordenfelt) and Elise Biel (Edman) – Two dear sisters

The start of summer vacation in 1844 was bittersweet for the girls in Edgren’s school. The school was closing, and decisions had to be made for the fall semester. The girls who had been boarding with the Edgren family, like our Augusta, had to look for new lodgings if they were to continue their schooling in Stockholm. Some girls would not come back in the […]

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Cecilia’s Album: Josefine Stenbock (Uggla) – A 7-year-old in Edgren’s boarding school

Cecilia’s Album: Josefine Stenbock (Uggla) – A 7-year-old in Edgren’s boarding school

In 1840, at the age of 7, Josefine Stenbock was sent to Stockholm to live with Pastor Johan Fredrik Edgren and his wife Lovisa Dethmar and to attend their school. She lived with the Edgren family for four years (1840-1843). IMG-7937 Tack för hvar stund jag med dig delat, Tack för hvar dag jag haft med dig Om någon gång jag mot dig felat, Glöm […]

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Cecilia’s Album: Augusta Rütterskjöld – A French Poem

Cecilia’s Album: Augusta Rütterskjöld – A French Poem

Augusta Rütterskjöld was 16 years old when she sat down to copy the following lines on a card for Cecilia Koch’s memory album. IMG-7935 L’amitié vient du ciel habiter ici bas Elle embellit la vie et survit au trèpas (Friendship comes from the heavens and dwells below it embellishes life and survives death) The poem is actually the last stanza of a longer poem, “Même […]

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