1751 – Born at Sommersdorf in Mecklenburg Strelitz on the 20th of February.
1766-1769 – Attending the Gymnasium at Neubrandenburg, he was obliged to accept a private tutorship in order to earn money to enable him to study at a university.
1772 – He had attracted by poems contributed to the Göttinger Musenalmanach, he went to Göttingen.
1775 – Boie made over to him the editorship of the Musenalmanach, which he continued to issue for several years.
1777 – He married Boie’s sister Ernestine.
1778 – He was appointed rector of the school at Otterndorf in Hadeln.
1782 – He accepted the rectorship of the gymnasium at Eutin.
1785-1795 – He published in two volumes a collection of original poems, to which he afterwards made many additions.
– He also translated Hesiod, Theocritus, Bion and Moschus, Virgil, Horace, Tibullus, Propertius and other classical poets, and he prepared a critical edition of Tibullus.
1818-1829 – Published, in 9 vols, a translation of Shakespeare’s plays, which he completed with the help of his sons Heinrich and Abraham, both of whom were scholars and writers of considerable ability.
1826 – Died on the 29th of March.