a great loss to me and to the family as well. Believe me, I should not have waited for the second letter, if this course were possible to me; because there is nothing I would not do for Baroncello.
On Friday3 at two o'clock the Pope came to the premises where I'm working and showed his pleasure in the thing I'm doing; so pray God it may go well; for if it does, I hope to regain his favour. I believe he is leaving here during Carnival, according to rumours among the people, at least.
Piero's blade -- when I go out, I will try to find someone trustworthy to send it by. If Lapo, who has been assisting me here, or Lodovico, go talking in Florence to our Lodovico, tell him not to listen to what they say, particularly not to Lapo, and not to be alarmed about it, as I will tell you all about it when I have the leisure. As to Giovansimone, I understand. I'm glad he's trying to get on; encourage him to do this, because I hope soon, when you are trained, to put you both in a good position.
On the first day of February 1506.4
MICHELANGELO DI BUONARROTA SIMONI IN BOLOGNA
British Museum Mil.iv From Bologna February 8th 1507
¶ TO LODOVICO DI LIONARDO DI BUONARROTA SIMONI IN FLORENCE DELIVER TO THE SHOP OF LORENZO STROZZI, ARTE DI LANA, IN PORTA ROSSA
On the eighth day of February, 1506.1
Dearest1 father -- I have to-day received a letter of yours, from which I learn that you have been told a long story by Lapo and Lodovico. I value your reproof, since I deserve to be reproved as a miserable sinner, no less than others, and perhaps more so. But I would have you know that I have done no wrong in this matter, about which you reprove me, either to them, or to anyone else, unless it be that I did more for them than I need have done; and all those with whom I have ever had dealings know very