1814 Borger married Abrahamina van der
Meulen, a woman of noble birth
(Yonkvrouw) and the sister of an
Amsterdam minister. A year later,
however, she died in childbirth. In 1819
Elias married (Yonkvrouw) Cornelia
Scheltema, also of noble birth, but the
following year she too died giving
birth, as did the newborn child.
As a result, Borger fell into a deep
depression, wanting only to be near his
departed loved ones. He expressed his
feelings in a book of poetry,
den Rhijn in de Lente van het Jaar 1820
("Ode to the Rhine").