Dear little dove of ours, Ludmila Ivanovna, believe this cry from my heart: take care of yourself for us--to us artists you are beloved, you are a blessed nest. About himself your Musinka cannot speak, and on this is his signature, your Musinka. June 16, 1879: yesterday at your home it was June 15, the day of St. Modestus.
June 17, 1879
. . . Musorgsky himself is in raptures about his proposed tour, because he expects to make from it about 1,000 rubles (!!!) . . .
June 17, 1879
. . . What's happening to Modeste is terrible. If you could only upset this tour with Leonova, you would be doing a good deed. On the one hand you would release him from the shameful role he wishes to assume, and, besides, Modeste and Leonova are running a big risk. Well, suppose his blood should flow from someplace, as once happened at your home, will it be pleasant for her to fuss over him; and his ruin is probable, because Leonova, naturally, will not fail to exploit him--and it's cheaper for her this way!--Simply shameful for him.
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Publication information: Book title: The Musorgsky Reader:A Life of Modeste Petrovich Musorgsky in Letters and Documents. Contributors: Jay Leyda - Translator, Sergei Bertensson - Translator, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky - Author. Publisher: W.W. Norton. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1947. Page number: 376.
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