Does anyone know if there is any historical record of Rabbi Hirsh's perspectives on Chassidism? The movement was obviously not very present where he was in Germany, but given that he was in contact with other rabbis throughout Europe and had definite strong opinions regarding the Reform and Zionist movements, I feel he must have had some perspectives on Chassidism. I know he touches briefly on his hesitant regard for Kabbala in general in his "19 Letters" but that's not exactly the same thing.
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch may have disagreed with the Hasidim, but they liked him and his teachings just the same. Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, 20th-century German rabbi, said this of Rabbi Hirsch:
The definition of a gadol be’Yisrael is one who is great in Torah and great in piety, one whose personal views and conduct are based exclusively on those twin pillars. Such a person is acknowledged as a peer by the other great men of his era. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch was revered by the Chassidic leaders of Galicia and by the rabbis of Lithuania. That his views did not accord with theirs was immaterial; his philosophy grew out of his G-d-fearing understanding of Torah, and therefore it was legitimate for him. So it was with Rabbi Salomon Breuer and so it was with Rabbi Joseph Breuer. Their greatness transcended community. They belonged to Klal Yisrael, so they were honored by Klal Yisrael, all of it.