Harry Heine, as he was originally named, was born in Dusseldorf on the Rhine, December 13th, 1799. His father was a well-to-do Jewish merchant ;and his mother, the daughter of the famous physician and Aulic Counlor Von Gelderu, was, according to her son, a femme distingue. His early childhood fell in the days of the occupation of Dusseldorf by the French revolutionary troops ;and, in the opinion of his biographer Strodtmann, the influence of the French rule, thus brought directly to bear upon the formation of his character, can scarcely be exaggerated.
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