Saturday, 16 November, 1874 in Peter
LITTLLE DOVE OF MINE, LUDMILA IVANOVNA,
I've remembered tomorrow's holiday [ Shestakova's birthday] and I'll be there, but on the Molas's account I tell you, my dear, that tomorrow evening will be inconvenient in all respects: there are ladies, agreeable in all respects,4 but this situation is inconvenient in all respects (perhaps agreeable ladies can be inconvenient).
The point is this, my little dove, that for tomorrow evening, especially for my sake, Bach is gathering Mordovtzov and Pavlov5 for a discussion on the creative work of Count Arseni Kutuzov, and I can't refuse this business, which will begin at 10 o'clock in the evening;-- and the Molas's go to their uncle's on Sundays and they are very strict in honoring domestic gatherings at the old man's.
As for the little evening at your place with the colleague-artists, we'll talk this over tomorrow; this can always be arranged.
I firmly kiss your little hand, little dove of mine.
MODESTE, ALSO MUSINKA
27 November 1874 Venus is strolling by the sun6
LITTLE DOVE LUDMILA IVANOVNA,
I didn't give your little note to Petrov, for this reason, the Petrovs aren't free at present: they're fitting out Yekaterina Osipovna [Petrova] for permanent residence in Moscow, where she has been engaged by the Court of Justice, in the capacity of crown's stenographer. I've written Molas; I wanted to go to Bach today to rehearse with Alexandra Nikolayevna [ Purgold-Molas]. I got terribly tired at the office (I'm now without an assistant). Some day soon I'll look in on you, my own.