A MOST HUMBLE PETITION
in which there are the following points:
The first point is also the second, and the last, as well:
Most humbly I appeal to you, Y[our] M[ajesty], not to forget that at various points of the God-preserved city of St. Peter there is a Titular Councilor, and so forth, as set down above, who remembers you and wishes you all success.
[From Modeste Petrovich Musorgsky]
From darling Savishna to thee, my little dove, my darling falcon, brightly wings the warmest greeting. Truly am I gladdened that thine illness, O brother of mine, and the baleful malady have forsaken thee and that thou art again radiant and shining like the fiery sun.--And I feel bitterly offended that Shornik, the naughty one, has stuffed himself with Smetana, and ruins our native music.--Receive, thou sick one, my hearty kiss and nurse no grudge.
[From Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov]
I want to tell you something that will please you, this: I was very nearly sent away to Kronstadt for permanent residence there, but I managed to dodge it and now I am sure to be staying on in Peter for good. Vladimir Vasilyevich [Nikolsky], by reason, supposedly, of my emigration to Kronstadt, wrote a poem entitled "A Seven-teared Elegy." Aside from this, I can inform you that I have thought out the theme of the andante (D major) for the symphony,41 and it doesn't seem so bad; this may please you, too, and further, I wish you success.
Prague. 11 January, 1867
How can you have completely forgotten Ludmila Ivanovna, she writes that you've disappeared. If you want to know about me, go to____________________