Henriette Herz, a leader of Berlin society, born in that city, Sept. 5,1764, died there, Oct.
22, 1847. She was a daughter of Dr. Lemos, a physician of Portuguese-Jewish origin, and was barely 16 when she married Dr. Markus Herz, an elderly and wealthy gentleman. Through her extraordinary beauty and intelligence she acquired great social influence. Schleiermacher was her most intimate friend, and conspicuous among her many other associates were William and Alexander von Humboldt. After the death of her husband in 1803 she continued to exercise the same commanding and beneficent influence in society, but her means were reduced, and in 1808 she was obliged for some time to accept the hospitality of friends in Rugen. On her mother's death in 1817 she embraced Christianity, and during the rest of her life, mostly spent in Berlin, she kept up her relations with distinguished people, with whom she maintained an active correspondence, but late in life she destroyed most of her letters. - See Henriette Herz, ihr Leben und ihre Erinnerungen, by Furst (Berlin, 1850), and Briefe des jungen Borne an Henriette Herz (Leipsic, 1861). Borne lived for a considerable time in her house.