Curandum est, ut mens sit sana in corpore
sano, * sanitas enim corporis est medicina mentis.
Generosum literarumque cultu spectatissimum
virum, Magni Parentis olim Praeceptoris charissimi Filium,
virtutum suarum Haeredem, ad futura Patriae commoda procul iturum,
faustissimis votis sui comitabatur.
Gernyeszeg 26 Julii 1711
Paulus è S. R. I. Comitibus Teleki mpr.
* A paraphrase of Juvenal, Saturae 10.356:
“orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano”. This same
quotation is also used by Herman Alexander Röell on
Let us take care [or: let us heal] that we might have our healthy
soul in a healthy body; * for the health of the body is the
medicine of the soul.
Let this excellent and noble man, eminent scholar, son and heir of
the virtues of his great father who had been my teacher, be
accompanied by my best wishes, in order he could serve in the
future the benefit of his fatherland.
Gernyeszeg, July 26, 1711
Count Pál Teleki
Gernyeszeg/Gorneşti, July 26, 1711
(1677-1731), Transylvanian Count
and patron of art
Count Pál Teleki of Szék was born on January 8,
1677 in Sorostély (Alsó-Fehér county, today Soroştin), a son of
Mihály Teleki (1634-1690) and Judit Veér (1631-1707). First he
learned in Nagyenyed (Aiud), then he went abroad to attend
history, law and philosophy at the academies of Frankfurt an der
Oder (1695), Franeker (1696), and Marburg (1697). He also visited
Berlin, The Hague, London, Oxford, Cambridge, Paris and
Switzerland. After his return in Transylvania, he became the
curator of the College of Kolozsvár (Cluj) and of the Reformed
Church. He supported the college and the students on foreign
stipends; he was called scholar and father of the fatherland. In
1709, towards the end of the Hungarian War of Independence, he
became a partisan of Prince Ferenc II. Rákóczi. In 1700 he married
Kata Vay (?-?); their son was General Ádám Teleki (1703-1769).
Died on September 13, 1731 in Kendilóna (Szolnok-Doboka county,
today Luna de Jos). A copy of his published
funeral sermon is also kept in our library.
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