Reports on developments in Weber research in the 1980s and directions for future work. The edition of Weber's letters to his bride was made possible by the 1986 gift of these letters to the Deutsche Staatsbibliothek by the Weber family. Mathilde von Weber, the great-great-granddaughter of the composer, had transcribed most of them. Unfortunately, a few of the letters had been given away, in whole or in part, by Max Maria von Weber. States that the letters indicate that in 1815 Weber experienced a significant sense of self-discovery and dedication to the ideals of freedom and fatherland. Presents information on the birth dates of Weber and his wife, both of which have confused or conflicting sources. Expresses the need for a complete critical edition of Weber's letters.