the street walkers, without, however, erasing from my mind my wonderful impressions of the Kremlin.--Now, dear brethren, I await a letter from you to Nizhnii Novgorod . . .
[Postmarked: 12 July. 1858 St. Petersburg]
Yesterday at the Stasovs I had the pleasure of reading your letter to them from Moscow and I was mightily happy to learn that you are quite well. The story of the cane made me laugh a little (but when I recalled how fond you were of it--through habit, of course--I immediately stopped laughing); your observations on the trip were very amusing; the weeping ladies, the doctor from the Hussar regiment, the salmon (in the cold fish soup) that cost you 50 silver kopeks, that was terribly funny. Petrusha [Borozdin] on the Moscow streets attracted by the women, who very likely pushed him aside, all these scenes were extremely amusing.--Your description of the Kremlin, Mili, has plunged me deep in thought; however, thanks to you, these five minutes of reverie about it have given me unspeakable delight. And in general I must tell you that I read your letter with delight.-- There's nothing to write about myself; the same absent-mindedness, the same occupations (music and literature), my departure to the country to attend a wedding, that is all I can tell you about myself. As for my musical activities, I will tell you that I'm beginning to write a sonata (in E-flat major), I'll manage it somehow; and I will try to make this come out well.15 I plan to do a brief introduction in B (B-flat major) and lead up to the allegro by means of a pedal point; and in addition a scherzo is in work and in leisure moments I practice harmony; how terribly I want to compose decently! Kito bows to you and endeavors to embrace you from Krasnoye Selo, although I don't know how successfully he can do this. We played Schumann's symphonies (in B-flat major and C major), because he is very fond of them and reads music splendidly.--We are expecting him to come to town; he may add something to this letter, as he very much wanted____________________