Carl Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse never met his paternal grandfather, Carl Hermann Hesse (1802-1889), a county physician and Russian privy councillor. After experiencing a religious awakening, Carl set up as a country doctor in Weissenstein (Estonia), and in 1833 founded an orphanage. He was also a lay pietist preacher who gave so-called "lessons" at his home. On the basis of the notes and diaries kept by Carl Hermann Hesse and the stories of his sisters Adele and Marulla, who once went on a visit to the Baltic, Hesse described his grandfather as "young, fiery, funny, pious, and boyish right up to an advanced age."