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The manuscript diaries of four members of the prominent Bavarian family Chlingensberg: Joseph Maria Bernhard von Chlingensberg (1749-1811), his son Joseph von Chlingensberg auf Berg (1777-1830), the younger Joseph's wife Karoline von Chlingensberg, née Baroness von Asch (1789-1826), and their son Joseph von Chlingensberg (1808-37). These diaries, present here in 49 volumes and covering a 62-year period (1769-1830), provide an intimate account of the lives of a socially prominent family, the men's professional lives as important lawyers, daily matters, and, above all, the rather shocking sexual life of Joseph von Chlingensberg auf Berg. These diaries have received no scholarly attention and remain unpublished. Our description below suggests the rich possibilities which exist in these diaries
I. CHLINGENSBERG, Joseph Maria Bernhard von. Diary entries and notes regarding business and household matters covering the years 1769-1778. Manuscript in ink on paper, written in German, Latin, and French. The diary entries have been written in an annual series of printed Schreib-Kalender auf ein besondere Form und Weis…zum täglichen Nutzen also eingericht (Munich: F.J. Thuille, [1768-77]). Ten vols. Small 4to (204 x 165 mm.), various cont. bindings of gilt brocade paper in varying designs over boards, gilt leather labels with each respective year on upper covers. Mainly Munich: 1769-78.Following the time-honored family tradition, Joseph Maria Bernhard von Chlingensberg (1749-1811), lord of Schönhofen near Regensburg and of Berg near Landshut, entered the legal profession, and was employed by the Bavarian Elector in Munich as privy councilor and in various other advisory capacities. He was married twice, to Marianne von Markreither (1757-92) and to Antonie von Haugwith (1770-1838).The year 1769 sees Chlingensberg's first entry in the Schreib-Kalender. In a fluent hand, he notes: "1769 is the first year in which I shall write something in this calendar, which I shall continue to do for the rest of my life." The front pastedown of the volume is signed "v. Chlingensberg, JMia." A few of the (not always daily) entries are written carefully, but most are written in a rather casual fashion. At first, Chlingensberg concentrates on earnings and expenditures. On 1 January 1769, he writes: "My uncle gave me 12 guilders for a wig." Sums paid for chocolate, coffee and sugar are noted, as well as for books and bookbinders: "I drew up a contract with Crätz the bookdealer, promising to buy all my books from him and to pay him every six months." He gives his mother money and presents his sister Nandl (Anna) with "a few guilders for the fair." At the end of the each month, he notes monies spent on the hairdresser (a regular expenditure), on the lamplighter, and "tips" (January 1777).Soon, Chlingensberg's fondness for gambling becomes apparent. He records gains and losses, mostly in French ("gagné au jeu" and "perdu au jeu"), ever increasing in frequency and sums as the years pass. On 1 February 1778 an entire page is dedicated to gambling profits and debts. His principal vice is "le jeu" next to "lotterie" and "billiard."Entries concerning his private activities are relatively scarce. On 5 June 1770, he notes that he rode his horse to Nymphenburg palace, Munich; on 5 July of that year we learn "She made it quite clear that she would be a friend to me, but nothing more; all the same I cannot hate her." On 24 August, Chlingensberg "rode to Nymphenburg and spent half an hour there." A few birthdays and other anniversaries are mentioned. As of 1775, expenditures are recorded. On 3 October, for instance, he "gave my wife 136 guilders for household expenses." On 3 December 1775, his daughter Mariana Josepha Xaveria Barbara is born; on 26 May 1777, he notes (in Latin) the birth of an unnamed son. Chlingensberg visits the theater, goes to dances, and mentions other festivities, such as "a serenade in front of the Fuggers' house to celebrate Miss …'s marriage to Baron Sandizell" (14 June 1772).The majority of Chlingensberg's entries, however, concern his legal work. Written mostly in fluent Latin, they show him to be a conscientious and hard-working lawyer who is very rarely "Not a member of the council." At the end of each month, he states the number of motions he has brought forward to the council. Chlingensberg is in the courtroom on an almost daily basis, recording in a matter-of-fact way the names of the opponents and of the court clerk, without giving any further details of the respective case. Written in haste, the word "contra" is often reduced to a mere colon. Chlingensberg's courtroom battles include a dispute between two Jewish businessmen, Elias Oppenheimer and Samuel Perchheimer (27 May 1771); a disagreement involving the Cistercian monastery of Seligenthal and the Landshut borough of Berg (29 January 1774); and a variance between one Levi Jud and Count Preysing (24 August 1775).Further courtroom controversies regarding inheritances, property, and other legal matters are recorded involving the local gentry, such as Count La Rosée and the Barons Eyb, Lerchenfeld, Aretin, Stauffenberg, and Pauli, as well as patricians, commoners, peasants etc. of both sexes; Bellet, Bosshardt, Freisinger, Fugger, Grindl, Gruber, Victoria Huber, Rachel Jud (24 March 1777), Lochner, Strobl, and Thalmayr are among the names mentioned.The gilt-brocade papers on the covers of the bindings are by Johann Carl Munck of Augsburg (1772), A[ndreas] S[treller] of Nördlingen (1777), and others.While these diaries were subjected to daily use and taken along on trips, they exhibit only minor wear. Completed leaves have been diagonally trimmed at each upper corner.These diaries provide a record of a decade in the life of a hardworking and sober-minded lawyer, with only a few bad habits, in the second half of the 18th century.The next group of diaries, those of his son, provide a rather different story as we shall see.II. CHLINGENSBERG AUF BERG, Joseph von. The manuscript diary entries and notes regarding business and household matters and his hyper-active sex-life, covering the years 1801-1830 (lacking the 1804 volume). Manuscript in ink on paper, written mostly in German with Latin technical terms and fashionable French expressions. The diary entries have been written in an annual series of printed Schreib-Kalender (authored by Albert Bauer as of 1802, lacking the 1804 volume, 1803 is a different calendar), published by Hübschmann at Munich, 1800, 1801 and 1804-29. 29 vols. Small 4to, various cont. bindings including blue boards, decorated boards in various designs, one in gilt brocade, gilt labels with respective years on upper cover (16 vols.) or stamped on upper cover, 13 with all edges gilt. Munich, Berg near Landshut et al., 1801-30.Again, following the family tradition, Joseph von Chlingensberg auf Berg (26 May 1777-24 May 1830), entered the legal profession and became courtroom councillor in the employ of the King of Bavaria. On 13 August 1806, he married Karoline von Asch (10 December 1789-14 June, 1826).The diaries offered here record the life of a country gentleman and extremely busy lawyer, conscientious and hardworking, who is, at the same time, consumed by his passion for women and sexual adventures. Chlingensberg's handwriting is sometimes generously large and easily legible, at other times a hasty scribble. Many pages are filled right up to the edge with multiple entries for the same day. The blank leaves inserted between the printed calendar pages, too, are often covered over and over with minuscule writing. The diary entries, covering a period of thirty years (in 1801 Chlingensberg is 24, he dies in 1830 just two days short of his 53rd birthday), reflect his increasing age and his varying states of mind and bodily health.There are many entries in large attractive script on the blank leaves inserted between the printed calendar leaves recording birthdays and fêtes of family members, friends, and acquaintances.Thus, every year on August 4th, he notes the "Birthday of my dear Pepi"; on October 14th he records the "Birthday of my dear, never-to-be-forgotten Therese." There are anniversaries of weddings (15 April 1829: "It was 18 years ago today that Sicherer got married") and of deaths (10 February, starting in 1819: "Death of my late, never-to-be-forgotten Therese"). In the volume for 1830 (the year of Chlingensberg's death), the dates of the fairs and church dedication days (which usually went hand in hand with further country fairs) are noted right up to December. Chlingensberg died in May, so it seems he always made a point of entering these dates as soon as he received the printed calendar volume for the next year. Added to these key dates there are numerous notes on the interleaved blank leaves that show Chlingensberg to be a conscientious lord of the manor with a watchful eye on his household and his assets. He records expenditures and receipts, loans and gifts (sums given to his mother, his sister, his wife etc.); he buys and sells oats, hay, wood, tobacco; has his horses Lisel and (as of 1824) Hans, the Gray, and the Brown shod regularly; and much more. Chlingensberg's days are regularly filled with work in the mornings; he also travels extensively. Year after year, he notes, almost daily: "Worked until 11 in the morning" or "Worked like a dog until 1 in the afternoon" or "Worked like a dog per totem diem in very bad weather" (10 April 1825), etc. The company Chlingensberg keeps on a professional level is mainly aristocratic; his acquaintances include chancellor Courtin, president of the Royal College Dalwitz, Godin, Fraunberg, Hochstetter, Hornstein, Gumppenberg, La Rosé, Lassberg, Lerchenfeld, Löwenthal, Montgelas, Seinsheim, and Sicherer, but in a courtoom context, mention is also made of numerous patricians, commoners, and peasants. In private, however, Chlingensberg feels at home in every stratus of society. The Life of a Libertine But here is where his diaries become really fascinating and the fun begins. At the end of almost every day, all notes regarding Chlingensberg's work are supplemented with remarks like "afterwards, went to dinner" or entries beginning "and in the afternoon" or "and in the evening." These days are filled to the brim (or rather, to the edges of the page) with a great deal of meticulously recorded private matter far beyond Chlingensberg's regular attendance at church on Sundays. Each of his spare-time activities, be it a visit to the theater, to a cabaret or museum, a horseback ride, a trip, a dance, a supper invitation, a game of billiards, or a stroll in the park, seems to culminate in an erotic escapade of varying degrees of intensity. Chlingensberg was obsessed with women - "whore", "das Mensch" (Bavarian dialect for "young woman"), "slut," landlord's daughter, servant girl, maid, serving wench, or cook, noblewomen, patricians' daughters and wives - he has to "have" all of them. Chlingensberg has painstakingly recorded all his sexual escapades in great detail throughout these diaries. At first, he writes in German, but as of 1805 (some of that year's entries have been cut or torn out), he employs a cipher. Chlingensberg's son, shortly after the death of his father, successfully "cracked" his father's cipher and a 20th-century owner "cracked" it again, describing it as "Shorthand, 16th century, England by way of France, also in Germany since the late 18th century" (two slips laid in explaining deciphering of code). Beginning in 1805, Chlingensberg often records an instance of intercourse by means of a symbol denoting the female sexual organ (an oval with one or more dashes through the middle, each dash denoting an orgasm; there are, for example, six dashes on his wedding anniversary). The above-mentioned previous owner, having decoded Chlingensberg's cipher, has provided a translation of several passages, written in pencil and ink on several slips of paper - but only for the 1806-1810 volumes of the calendar. Thus, from 1811 on, the enormous number of "secret" passages still await their decoding. The translations extant let Chlingensberg appear as a raving sexist using very plainly obscene language on the one hand, and as a sensitive lover on the other, a man who loses his head, sheds bitter tears, and writes passionate love-letters - all of this simultaneously. Chlingensberg never uses force to achieve his aims, instead relying on gentle but stubbornly insistent cajoling, "surprise attacks," or pure adoration. He occasionally notes if the woman has actually "come" or if she has only feigned a climax. He often uses a "kontom" to avoid venereal disease and unwanted pregnancies. It is indeed hard to believe that all the mothers who forbade their daughters to associate with Chlingensberg, all the fathers who would as soon have locked their daughters away, all the cuckolded husbands who were away at work or out of town, were unable to do anything about these goings-on. Chlingensberg's entire social circle seems to have happily played along. For a number of years, he had a crony named Grandauer who often arranged meetings in which he sometimes participated to make a threesome. Here are a few quotes from the less bawdy parts of the deciphered passages (and I do want to emphasize these are the milder passages amongst hundred and hundreds of other sexual encounters): -1 February 1806: "Gietl's maid promised she would come, but didn't. So, feeling particularly horny, I walked the streets around seven o'clock, found Red Nani, took her home and f****d her" (Nani is short for Anna or Marianne). From 10-15 August 1807, he consorted with "the Löwenthal woman," Nani Sedlmayer, Nani Huber, "the Aschenbrenner woman" and "Nani Hurtig," which led to "no end of trouble" with his wife (as it often did), "so that I almost slapped her in the face and grabbed her by the neck." On 7 September 1807, "I had time to leisurely take my leave amid 100 kisses from the woman who is so eternally and unforgettably dear to my heart, and who alone could be my happiness on earth." On 27 August 1807, Chlingensberg "at 9 in the evening met the daughter of the late secretary Streicher, f****d her under the open sky and then f****d my wife.".
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