Alix von Cotta to Nelly

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Cotta writing from Berlin. Sends a photo of herself, taken at her mother's request. Feels very depressed being left alone in the house. The teachers' courses continue; one teacher who left at Easter will be promoted to teach a higher class at her school 'which I count as our first practical result'. Since the Empress Frederick's return to Berlin she has seen her repeatedly and 'rekindled a little her interest in our concerns'. There is a reform movement favoured by the young Emperor for the boys' schools but 'no man will think it worth while in Germany to do anything in the same line for girls'.