Origin of the work:
1657 Amsterdam, Opera didactica omnia III
1957 Prague, Opera didactica omnia III (phototype edition)
Comenius’ eulogy in memoriam Louis de Geer. A short genealogy of the de Geer family is attached.
Louis de Geer, who had been a great patron of Comenius’, died in 1652. Comenius, then working on the reform of the school system in Hungary, held a memorial service in de Geer’s honour at Sárospatak in 1653, attended by the local nobility, the clergy and the whole of the Sárospatak school. It was on this occasion that this eulogy was read; it begins with a consideration of the sadness brought about by the news of the death of the departed, who given his good deeds must certainly expect a reward in Heaven. Examples of his generosity are presented by Comenius in sixteen paragraphs, and include his support for the students from among the Brethren. In closing, Comenius imparts God’s blessing on the descendents of the deceased. Some of the print run was sent to Holland, from whence came the thanks of Lawrence de Greer, the dead man’s son, along with a promise of continuing support. The letter also included an enquiry into how far Comenius’ work on pansophy had progressed.
For further study, see also:
J. V. Novák & J. Hendrich, Jan Amos Komenský, jeho život a spisy. Prague 1932, pp474-475