bumping into Vanka the Terrible.--Please write, little friend Korsinka, I thirst greatly for your missives.--Ludmila Ivanovna is ailing and feels sad--mauvais! I have been dropping in to see her, but it doesn't help: I think it's difficult now for her to write you. Mili had a consultation about his ear in Jericho, but now I think he is all right. I don't correspond with the chemical brigadier [Borodin] and I don't know where he now drinks his tea. I have news from the Purgolds-- the proofs of "The Seminarist" are already read; I have prepared the rest of the songs35 and the penny-paradise for the press.--Firmly kiss you, little friend. Write me.
Tuesday, 26 July, '70
I send you a sketch of the libretto for Bobyl.36 I will be very glad if this thing proves useful to you. And it seems to me, that here are types, humor, and poetry, and even tragedy--enough of everything, and the tasks are exactly fitted to your nature. I'm going to Pargolovo on Friday evening or Saturday morning. This means that, if you find it necessary, you can let me know before then, personally or by letter, of any remarks or questions you may have. It seems to me that it would be best of all for you to stop in on Thursday evening: I shall be home with Meyer, your new and unexpected admirateur.37 But however, as you see fit. Till we meet.
Your V. S.
[The sketched scenario follows.]____________________
Musorgsky once referred to him as "Alexander-Gottfried-Heinrich-Karl-Max-