To you, who with good advice and with sympathetic action, gave me the possibility to test myself on the stage, I dedicate my work.10
21 January, 1874
To Polyxena Stepanovna Stasova. This is how I've looked ever since the first rehearsal of Boris;11 so take me not as No. 6280, but as Musoryanin.
10 January 74.
--and that wreath you gave me pushes me on: do it, then, do what you must do. Thank you, little dove.
EVER THE SAME MUSORYANIN
[ 18-20 January, 1874]
To His Excellency the Director of the Imp[erial] Theaters, Stepan Alexandrovich Gedeonov.
I have the honor most humbly to petition Your Excellency for the acceptance by the Directorate of the Imperial Theaters of Boris Godunov, an opera of my composition in 5 acts, subject to royalty for each performance.
M. Musorgsky petitions for the acceptance by the Directorate of the Imperial Theatres of an opera in five Acts composed by him and entitled Boris Godunov, subject to payment for each performance. Mme. Platonova, a singer belonging to the troupe of the Russian Opera, asks permission to give the first performance of this opera for her bénéfice.____________________