Généralissime, Friday 29 September, '72
Nothing is happening at the Purgolds tomorrow in regard to music, because it is impossible for Nadezhda N. Rimskaya.19 You need not doubt that your little letter of yesterday had an effect, any more than you may doubt that I am rereading the travels in the Holy Land of the priest Lukyanov. The perusal of this will be the subject of an epistle to you in the swiftly flowing stream of time. I report to you, that this observant old-believer fellow of a priest is quite appetizing; one can find something about the Little-Russians, about the Turks and many other good things here. A scroll is being prepared for notes on important points, in order to embellish our Khovanshchina. Lukyanov's travels are almost exactly contemporary with the operatic life of Khovanshchina and in any case are stuffed with the most characteristic material. Altogether--you always hit the mark truly--remember your running comment yesterday to an accompaniment of Petya's20 interjections. Well, Boris is beyond him. Yes, and "The Nursery" was requested by him only because Balakirev had praised it.
When a gathering can be arranged at the Purgolds--we'll let each other know.
Entertainment at the Repins'
[At my request] V. V. Stasov agreed to stand as godfather to my daughter Vera [born October 6, 1872] and V. V. came along with M. P. Musorgsky. Both great musician and great historian stayed with us little people till late evening. M. P. entertained us, playing great Mozart on a poor piano. He improvised a lot [and played] "The Seminarist" and other things. He remembered many beggars chor-____________________