advance that it's a good one. With God's help, I will take it away from Becker's at the first opportunity.--In spite of all my wishes to spend an evening with you in musical pursuits, I must tell you in advance that I can't make it on Tuesday; I have to go to my relatives. They're really very cross with me, saying that I've "completely forgotten them."--If you wish, set a date for the lesson yourself, and just let me know a couple of days ahead, so I can confirm it.
At your service, MODESTE MUSORSKY3
17 December 
MOST EXCELLENT MILI ALEXEYEVICH,
The culprit is forgiven and impatiently awaits you on Thursday. Today, thank God, the fate of the long-hoped-for piano has been settled. Tomorrow the most worthy Becker is delivering it to us.--I am a thousand times grateful to you for the excellent choice. La machine est parfaitement solide. Today I pounded so on this machine that the tips of my fingers began to smart painfully as if ants were racing through them, but nothing happened to the machine itself except that one string jangled. The tone is excellent, the bass very good, and I am entirely satisfied with the instrument.--I've stored away Beethoven's 2nd Symphony for the inauguration of the new instrument on Thursday.--Thank you again, Mili Al., and I'll expect you on____________________