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Relatively late in the research for the book Perfectibilists, I became aware of an short account from Henry Crabb Robinson, in his Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence, where he had gone to Gotha in 1804 and met with Adam Weishaupt. I hadn’t included this exchange in my own book (as it wasn’t readily accessible to me at the time). However, recently, Google books has scanned in a full-view copy of the diary. Here, then, is Henry Crabb Robinson’s encounter with Adam Weishaupt (in Diary, Reminiscences, and Correspondence, Vol. I, Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co. 1869, pp. 124-6):
Originally posted by JohhnyBGood
Trouble with stuff like this - especially in an age where the inquisition was still in force - is that you have to treat it all with the greatest suspicion - and really it becomes impossible to determine what is truth lies or misdirection.
The best thing is to concentrate on the mindset and presumed goals of the players involved - and the direction that events actually took - not what they said, professed or wrote.